Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 Worship in the courts versus justice in the community. Surprise: sacrifice doesn’t give the people the purification they’re after. Maybe our religiosity itself is the evil God despises.
Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 The city that God abandons in Isaiah is the city the people praise in Psalm 50. Here’s an invitation to wrestle with what faithfulness and sinfulness actually look like.
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 This might be just the passage for those of us starting to burn out and not quite sure, anymore, that anything is going to change. How do we reach toward the new country that looks like the Kingdom of God?
Luke 12:12:32-40 Luke’s Jesus is the consummate table-waiting master. He is calling us to reverse our posture toward possessions. As a nation of consumers, what’s our response? Will we keep hoarding?
Sean Gladding is a storyteller, pastor, writer, speaker, backyard chicken keeper, community gardener, and YMCA soccer coach. He is married to Rebecca, is father to Maggie and Seth, and they live, love, work and play in the MLK neighborhood in Lexington, Kentucky. He is the author of The Story of God, the Story of Us and TEN: Words of Life for an Addicted, Compulsive, Cynical, Divided and Worn-out Culture.
Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, and blogger who lives in San Francisco, CA. He is also serving as pastoral director for the Newbigin House of Studies in San Francisco. Daniel holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and is the author of, 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, will be out soon. 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.