The story of God is repeatedly a story of coming down: God’s glory coming down to shine on people’s faces, God the Father and the Son coming down to dwell with God’s people, and heavenly Jerusalem coming down to the earth. It’s our past, present, and future.
Acts 16:9-15 A Macedonian call to the margins—outside the gates, where the women are gathered, to the region where Paul’s ministry will make its deepest, longest-lasting impact.
Psalm 67 Recapturing the blessing of judgment. Hoping for judgment to ensure that all injustice in the world will be set to rights. Expecting that God is exposing things that need to be healed.
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 A passage full of reorienting surprises: the movement of redemption is down not up, and the nations and kings of the earth come flocking through the gates of the city.
John 14:23-29 Might peace Jesus gives us be a gift that we, in turn, have to offer the world?
Jonathan Martin is sacramental hillbilly Pentecostal mystic. He is the author of the forthcoming How to Survive a Shipwreck and Prototype. He serves as teaching pastor at Sanctuary Church in Tulsa, OK, where he now resides. He is a graduate from Gardner-Webb University, has an MA from Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and a ThM from Duke University. His website is http://www.jonathanmartinwords.com. He tweets at theboyonthebike.
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.