Scott MacDougall joins us and provides a beautiful overview of how the rhythm of Lent leads us into reality that the life we live is often lived in a period of fallowness and death and decay—all the while we hope for resurrection life on the other side.
Isaiah 55:1-9 The invitation to come to the waters is simultaneously an invitation to reimagine what exactly we need to slake our hunger and thirst. Lent brings our bodies into synch with our souls as hungering and thirsting for God and God’s provision.
Psalm 63:1-8 God’s presence is found in darkness, with the hope of light. And it is found as something that meets physical and spiritual longings. And it appears in both the public of the temple and the private of the bedroom
1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Paul reflects on how a saved and rescued people stumbled and fell: the Exodus community serves as a model for the eschatological people of God. Food and drink are important, they are provided, but they are not the goal. Also… WARNING: Daniel gets his Bible geek on. After you get through, though, there are challenging words for how we live together as the people of God—and ways that the Corinthians and we are apt to get it wrong.
Luke 13:1-9 A Jerusalem judgment trifecta—with roots in the historical Jesus. But there is a call and a time for repentance. Lent itself is a season that directs us toward repentance and full restoration.
Book cited: the only person JRDK ever cites, himself! Read more about becoming the Forgiveness People in Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?
Scott MacDougall (Ph.D., Fordham University) is Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology at the Church
Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. His research centers on ecclesiology and eschatology. He is interested in the difference a robust theological imagination of the future makes in how Christian community is lived out, both in the church itself and in the wider world. His first book, More Than Communion: Imagining an Eschatological Ecclesiology, was published in 2015 and was the subject of a Homebrewed Christianity interview with Tripp Fuller. MacDougall has also published several articles and reviews and has contributed to online publications such as Religion Dispatches and the Huffington Post’s Religion section. Follow him on Twitter at @scottmacdoug
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.