In an episode in which Daniel is stood up by his co-host, the Periscope faithful help guide the discussion toward helpful insights and useful thoughts for preaching. The episode finds its thread in the recurring role of God as one who transforms the shame and weight of death of the world into glory and freedom and life.
Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 We talk a little “euphemism,” a little irony, and a whole lot of restoration and removal of shame.
Psalm 127 A beautiful song of rest, but also a difficult song that might create expectations that God sometimes doesn’t meet. We read it as a song of Ruth, celebrating what God does not just for persons but for the people.
Hebrews 9:24-28 A continuation of Jesus as “better” than his predecessors sees him as a once-for-all offering that meets the needs of people who die once but for whom death is not the final word.
Mark 12:38-44 Continuing the theme of scribes, Jesus issues stern warnings that might just hold up a mirror to us as twenty-first century Christians. Read alongside the story of the widow’s mite, the condemnation of the scribes takes on even greater poignancy.
Book referenced: Gary Anderson, Sin: A History
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.