Isaiah 50:4-9a The prophet models the cost of faithfulness to God, a pattern Jesus fulfills in his own faithful suffering. We learn what it means to be a good teacher—starting with listening and waking up. Following God means that people don’t get to act as judge of what is disgraceful or who is worthy of condemnation in the end. Can we recognize strength in cruciform love?
Psalm 31:9-16 This psalm opens us up to the reality that there’s more than what’s right in front of us, and there’s hope for God to carry us through and deliver us.
Philippians 2:5-11 Realize that Jesus is human and everything changes. Here, we see what it’s like for even the human Jesus to use and let go of his privilege for our sake. The Jesus story gives tremendous meaning to our humanity as a whole and provides hope for us even as Jesus himself was exalted by God. And in the highlight of jrdk’s LectioCast career, Micky likens his theological move to what she has learned from indigenous and womanist theologians.
Luke 22:14-23:56 The reading’s the thing, but we can’t stop ourselves talking about it, anyway. The disciples show their humanity, and Jesus invites them to be a better kind of human. The sword is weird, and Jesus doesn’t really have a Jewish trial. Luke’s atonement theology is captured in Jesus’s words from the cross.
Micky ScottBey Jones is a “contemplivist” leader and organizer who hosts & facilitates conferences, trainings and online conversations, writes & speaks on a variety of topics including self-care in community (healing justice), contemplative activism, intersectionality, race & justice & theology from the margins, and curates contemplative spaces/activities. Micky was recently named one of the Black Christian leaders changing the world in Huffington Post. You can interact with her work and collaborations at www.mickyscottbeyjones.com, and follower her on Twtter @iammickyjones and like her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MSJSpeaks
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.