It’s the Second Sunday After Epiphany and we are joined by Cindy Wag Brandt for some LectioCast fun!
Isaiah 62:1-5 Celebration. Praise. Delight. We’re familiar with all these—but are we ready to see them as God’s own posture toward God’s people? (Also, Daniel rides his hobby horse about God sharing God’s awesome stuff with God’s people.)
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 We hit the difficulties of unity: it’s an act of faith, and it’s sometimes used as a club to get minority voices to quiet down and get along. Then there’s the thorny question of whether Paul’s prioritization of word gifts is elitist.
John 2:1-11 Reading John is sometimes equal parts solving a puzzle and reading a story. What’s this wedding feast, better wine imagery doing here? What do we make of Mary’s understanding of who Jesus is and what he’s capable of?
Psalm 36:5-10 The psalm resonates with the theme of celebration that ties together Isaiah and John. We also might learn a little about love, with Cindy bringing some wisdom from her Chinese culture.
Cindy Wang Brandt is a blogger at cindywords.com and serves on the board of a non-profit fighting global poverty at One Day’s Wages. She has written for Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, and HuffingtonPost. Her first book is Outside In: Ten Christian Voices We Can’t Ignore, and is working on her second book on the subject of Raising Children UnFundamentalist. You can join the conversation on progressive Christian parenting, at the Raiding Children UnFundamentalist Facebook group. She’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. After 5½ years as a missionary, she is currently living in her hometown in Taiwan.
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.