The question Jesus asks Simon, Do you see this woman?, becomes a probe for us as well: do we see ourselves, and do we see the people around us. Do we embrace whom God has embraced? Do we recognize our own failed attempts to make the people of God after our own image?
Luke 7:36-8:3 Jesus turns Simon’s wondering back on himself. The question, “Do you see?” is one that we need to answer carefully. At bottom the question is, Can you see love?
Galatians 2:15-21 This passage is all about the identity of the people of God: who belongs and how do you know? Works is works of Torah—what makes Jews Jews. Faithfulness looks like the cross and faith looks like trust. The space we have to occupy to be the faithful people of God is not being Jewish but being in Christ. Christ shows us how to be faithful to God.
1 Kings 21:1-10, (11-14), 15-21a Ahab is pouty like Homer Simpson. And God cares about injustice.
Psalm 5:1-8 The psalms never give up on the idea on the idea that the narrative of God’s people should be one of vindication and flourishing—despite the fact that their lives don’t look like they’re supposed to.
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.
Bryan Berghoef is a pastor, writer, and pub theologian, and author of the book, Pub Theology: Beer, Conversation, and God. He insists that good things happen when we sit around the table together and talk about things that matter, and what better setting than at the pub, over a pint? Bryan has been facilitating weekly pub conversations for the past eight years in Michigan and Washington DC. Bryan hosts a weekly podcast, Pub Theology Live, and provides resources for Pub Theology groups at pubtheology.com.
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.