What does God have to do in order to be recognized as God by the nations? What do we need to do to be the kind of people who can make God’s name known? Who do we need to be if we are going to receive the nations into our communities?
1 Kings 18:20-21, (22-29), 30-39 Yahweh against the storm God: can Israel’s God overcome water and storm and numbers in order to consume a sacrifice? The goal, though, isn’t just to show that Yahweh’s greater—it’s to draw the people back to their God.
Psalm 96 A song of praise for all creation and all peoples. So how do we proclaim salvation and good news so that it sounds like good news for folks who aren’t insiders?
1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43 God has to do the right things if God wants to be known as the true and living God, worthy of worship.
Galatians 1:1-12 Yes, Paul has a bee in his bonnet. But for all the right reasons: Paul is the champion of creating a diverse people who don’t have to become like us in order to be part of the family of God. He sees Jesus freeing us from the powers that keep some people in positions of privilege and others forced to conform.
Luke 7:1-10 A question of worth, and a story of the nations’ dependence on Israel. Standing and power get turned on their head. And we discover what faith is: entrusting ourselves into the one who exercises God’s authority upon the earth.
Make sure you grab your tickets to Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina on July 7-10! We’ll be recording and I’d love to meet more LectioCastians.
Here are the Luke commentaries we talked about:
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.