This week Bo Sanders returns to LectioCast as we explore the importance of the presence of God. God’s presence marks David as a successful king, it marks Jerusalem as a place of safety and where God can be met, it becomes the source of grace for Paul (and us) in troubled times, and it quietly empowers Jesus even when people turn him away.
Texts for the Week: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 Psalm 48, 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 & Mark 6:1-13
2 Samuel 5 We embrace the image of David as a good guy, at least for this week, drawing connections between David’s job and what Moses and Joshua did. Daniel also invites you to let go of your inhibitions and see a slew of parallels between David and Jesus.
Psalm 48 Somehow Jerusalem can be both city of David and city of God. If it’s city of God it’s because God has chosen to pour out God’s love there, to identify with the city, and to make a place where God can be met.
2 Cor 12 “I have a friend who has a rash.” And I think you all know what I’m talking about. *ahem* Then Bo shows us how to break down Paul’s thorn in the flesh—all in the service of clearing the decks to grab hold of the grace of God that Paul serves up for us.
Mark 6 That moment when… Jesus can’t do what he wants. *gulp* Only to have it offset by Jesus empowering his followers to do what he couldn’t do on his own. *whew*
Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, blogger, and New Testament professor who lives in San Francisco, CA. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and is the author of a pair of books, Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God and Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? His third book A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, is off to the printers. He blogs regularly at StoriedTheology.com (jrdkirk.com). You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jrdkirk.s
Bo is wrapping up a PhD in Practical Theology at Claremont School of Theology while in full-time ministry. He is a pastor, coffee shop theologian, tattoo evangelist, and a soccer fan. His field of Practical Theology has an inter-disciplinary approach which allows him to be engaged in a wide analysis of diverse subjects. Academically, he is in conversation with 4 main areas of study including Sociology of Religion, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Comparative Theology.
You can find his HomeBrewed Blogs here. You might want to start with his 3 part series of ‘Why I’m Into Practical Theology‘, ‘Constructivism‘, and ‘When Good Isn’t Enough‘. He also had a popular series this Sumer on the ABC’s of Theology. Bo is helping to launch an emergent style gathering at his church in LA called the Loft, and you can connect with him on Facebook or Twitter (@theBoSanders)