Morgan drops the money quote this week: “God’s song is big enough that there is a part for everyone.” This may have something to do with the big reveal from last week:What makes Christians distinct? This is a fantastic week of conversation about what identifies us as the people of God.
Acts 11:1-18 The Cornelius story: the third time’s a charm! How does it hold up a mirror to ourselves and the “circumcision” markers we have created in our own churches? And what does it take to open our eyes to the ways that God is already at work in the people we thought were on the outside?
Psalm 148 A psalm of cosmic praise to God. A massive song with a part for everyone.
Revelation 21:1-6 New creation as a renewal of the old. It has to be recognizable even as it’s transformed. The corruption of power falls away so that everyone can receive healing.
John 13:31-35 Love love love! This short passage captures everything that is supposed to make us and mark us as the people who believe in Jesus. This is the replacement for “ideological circumcision.”
Morgan Guyton is a United Methodist elder who leads the NOLA Wesley campus ministry in New Orleans
with his wife Cheryl. Morgan’s first book How Jesus Saves the World From Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity with Westminster John Knox has just been released. He blogs www.patheos.com/blogs/mercynotsacrifice.
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.