Zephaniah 3:14-20 Bruce doesn’t want us to get too crazy about celebration without taking stock of where it comes from. Daniel draws attention to the beautiful peculiar. And then, what does it mean to be a gathered people, and how do we embody that divine action?
Isaiah 12:2-6 Here Bruce gets personal: we have to be able to articulate what salvation means to us or else our attempts to preach on it are going to fall flat.
Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoicing, being a people of gentleness, being anxious for notion, and receiving God’s peace—all seem to demand a sustained posture of trust. What if I don’t have to be in control for the world to be set to rights?
Luke 3:7-18 We wonder aloud whether anyone is going to preach on this?! John goes apocalyptic on the crowds, and promises that Jesus will be the executor of his warnings about a purging fire. There’s also a challenging thread about financial justice in the middle, one that we might practice enacting with our communities.
Footnote: Mark Scandrette’s guidebook for experimenting with handling our money and time (including “Have Two, Give One”): Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most.
A 3rd Generation Chinese/Filipino, armchair sociologist, and technology enthusiast Bruce writes, speaks, and teaches on faith, race, parenting, and technology in a variety contexts from seminaries to conferences to congregations to pre-schools.
Bruce has been a Presbyterian pastor for 20 years serving multi-generational, multicultural, and urban congregations in San Francisco. He was also the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA) from 2008-2010.
Bruce is a sporadic blogger and has written three books: The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church (Shookfoil Books, 2012), and But I Don’t See You as Asian: Curating Conversations about Race (2013), 40 Days, 40, Prayers, 40 Words: Lenten Reflections for Everyday Life (WJK Press, 2016)
Bruce lives in San Francisco with is wife, three daughters, and two canines. You can connect with Bruce on most social networks via @breyeschow
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.