This is the week where things that were off kilter get better and God is celebrated for it: Job gets his stuff back, the psalmist is answered, the suffering obedient Son is exalted eternally to God’s side, and Jesus gets a follower with sight enough to follow him to the cross. Scott Jones makes his third visit, drops some Process philosophy wisdom, and helps us navigate tricky texts and stories of God’s surprising faithfulness.
Job 42:1-6, 10-17 Scott helps us take apart the folktale of Job and the Biblical version. Process philosophy makes an appearance to help us understand the Biblical God and God’s relationship to the world.
Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22)
We wrestle with how to give faithful God-infused accounts of our lives so that we, too, can join in praise. And we tell stories where we’ve seen it.
Hebrews 7:23-28 Jesus as better high priest. Scott tries to back Daniel into a corner with the exalted depiction of Jesus—how does it fit the lowly, suffering, humble human Jesus we’ve seen the past two weeks?
Mark 10:46-52 Learning to see the blind man as part of Mark’s story: a disciple who is willing to follow Jesus on the way to the cross.
Footnotes: David Moffitt taught me everything I know about Hebrews.
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.