A migrant people are promised their land, and Jesus’ own migration promises to end in death. This week’s Lectionary texts take place in the gritty places where divine deliverance is needed.
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Warning: Daniel downer debunks a favorite interpretation of God passing through slaughtered birds. But the gift of the land creates its own unique contours as Israel identifies itself as an immigrant people.
Psalm 27 Proclaiming the Lord’s protection probably means we know we have something to be protected from. There’s a pull in both directions: we need to be pulled toward faithfulness and God needs to act in faithfulness as well.
Philippians 3:17-4:1 Are pastors just like everyone else? Maybe… maybe not. Where is there space for imitation? The Christian life entails more than just believing in Jesus. It also means imitation. Aric helps clarify the place of the body as we follow Jesus.
Luke 13:31-35 Learn what verse it was that kept Daniel from becoming a Calvinist for at least 2 months! We try to get our heads straight about the Pharisees and remember a few things about Herod’s involvement in Jesus’ death in Luke. The passage underscores the trajectory of Jesus’ life: to Jerusalem, for a celebrated arrival, and ultimate death.
Aric Clark is a writer, a speaker, and Presbyterian minister who lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two gremlins pretending to be his sons. He is the co-author of Never Pray Again: Lift Your Head, Unfold Your Hands, and Get To Work, a book which challenges readers to embrace a concrete other-centered spirituality. He is also the creator of LectionARIC a youtube channel for hermeneutical vlogs. His most recent project is a video curriculum for small groups introducing critical tools for studying scripture called Strange Book of Books. When he is not writing, preaching, or parenting, Aric can be found engaging his tabletop gaming hobby, or cooking for a crowd of random strangers he invited home without his wife’s permission. He is a pacifist and he still can’t grow a beard.
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 (http://patheos.com/blogs/storiedtheology). You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jrdkirk.