Danielle Shroyer wraps up her four-week stint by challenging us on privilege, empowerment, and trust while working through the texts for Proper 18. A theme emerges about entrusting ourselves to God’s economy of abundance, with its call for lives of generosity.
James 2: Favoritism. James’s warning about favoritism gets contextualized into a world of (white) privilege. Daniel can’t resist addressing the (apparent) tension between Paul and James.
Mark 7: Does Jesus change his mind? Does the Syrophoenician woman win the argument? Or did Jesus draw out what he needed to hear and what she needed to be able to say for herself? And what if the “dog” is Rome, the power that takes bread from the table of Jewish children.
Proverbs: What if generosity is the antidote to injustice? And how do we take steps toward justice when the system is rigged against it?
Psalm 125: A thought experiment: what if this Psalm is talking about the person who so entrusts herself to God that she lives out the generosity we were talking about in the Proverbs reading?
We mentioned this awesome resource? Julie Clawson, Everyday Justice.
Danielle Shroyer is an author, speaker, and blogger. She serves as the Theologian-in-Residence at Journey Church, one of the first independent emerging churches in the country, where she also pastored for over eight years. Danielle is the author of Where Jesus Prayed: Illuminations on the Lord’s Prayer in the Holy Land (which will be released October 1 2015) and The Boundary Breaking God: An Unfolding Story of Hope and Promise (Jossey-Bass, 2009). A graduate of Baylor University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Danielle speaks often across the country on issues of theology, faith, church leadership, culture, and story. She has written for Patheos, The Hardest Question, and Immerse magazine, and she blogs often at www.danielleshroyer.com. Danielle lives with her husband and two children in Dallas, Texas
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.