Mark 10:35-45 A funny story, showing us what it looks like to deny that Jesus has to die on the cross. There is glory to be had, but how are we to have it? And, you get to find out what Daniel’s favorite verse is in the whole Bible!
Job 38:1-7, (34-41) Wrestling with the callenge of God not answering. Discovering that we’re not the center of the universe. Creation is wild, but God still tends to it. We have to hold these readings all together. And you don’t want to miss out on two awesome potential sermon illustrations!
Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c Praise the Lord! Awesome!
Hebrews 5:1-10 Jesus gets to ride his human Jesus hobbyhorse! There is a real transition and development in the life of Jesus from dead to raised. We get perspective that ties together Job and Mark: the life of the children of God isn’t set apart by ease and reward here on earth.
E. Scott Jones is pastor at First Central Congregational United Church of Christ. He has Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma and lectures in the Philosophy Department at Creighton University. If you listen carefully, you might hear him drop a little Process Theology. But don’t hold it against him.
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.