Daniel was joined by folks from around the world for the second ever Periscope party recording session. Unfortunately, he doesn’t speak Turkish. That liability aside, the readings for the penultimate Sunday of the church year took us into the liminal space between those actions of God we have seen and the acts of God we hope for in the future.
1 Samuel 1:4-20 We try to map childlessness and birth within the larger picture of God’s work at decisive moments in Israel’s story. And we remember not to let our piety keep us from challenging the ways God is absent or neglectful.
1 Samuel 2:1-10 A song that celebrates the birth of a child, but with geopolitical overtones. Conquered enemies? The upside down economy of the kingdom of God runs right through the song—pair it with the Beatitudes and you’re good to go.
Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25 The last days are inaugurated, and yet there is waiting. The fulfillment and the “end” has begun, but there is still waiting in hope. Psalm 110 awaits if full and final fulfillment. I even drop a three-point sermon for you!
Mark 13:1-8 Jesus prophesying about Jerusalem’s destruction. And let’s all calm down about “I am.” Then we have to wrestle, again, with how the deliverance of God’s people and geopolitical transformation come hand-in-hand.
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.