Eric Barreto wraps up his tour of duty by helping usher us into Epiphany.
Isaiah 43:1-7 A HUGE REVEAL! The deepest vocational longing of Daniel’s heart is laid bare! Also, there is intimate language of God’s care for God’s beloved children, maybe an anticipation of the baptism scene itself.
Psalm 29 attempts to depict the overwhelming power of the voice of God. God’s kingship isn’t about preserving the monarchy, but empowering and blessing the people.
Acts 8:14-17 One picture of the relentless embrace of the other. (Also, Eric uses the word “erstwhile”—jrdk loves that word.)
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Is John’s stark apocalyptic prophecy in line with Jesus’ own vision of his mission? And do we really want a nice Jesus? Then, what kind of son of God is Jesus, and how does this relate to Adam as son of God? And, yes, Daniel rides his human Jesus hobby horse one more time—for the good of the church!
Eric Barreto is Associate Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and will soon be heading to take a New Testament post at Princeton Seminary. He is an ordained Baptist minister and devotes a fair bit of his writing to helping the church grapple better with scripture.
He writes regularly for WorkingPreacher.org, a lectionary commentary website. He also writes for OnScripture.org and Huffington Post. Eric’s most recent work is an edited volume, Reading Theologically, a guide to biblical interpretation for seminary students.
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.