Tim Conder joins the LectioCast again, bringing his wisdom as a community organizer and pastor to texts calling us to account for how we look to God, how we deal with our money, how we love our neighbor.
1 Timothy 6:6-19 Where pseudo-Paul comes in sounding a whole lot like Jesus, challenging us with warnings about money as people who live in a rich society with a superabundance of toys. It’s a text that strikes us in the reality of the place where we live. What practices might cultivate contentment with what we have so that we can also be generous with others?
Luke 16:19-31 A story with a deep twist, upsetting our political and economic expectations. We have the name of the poor man, but not the rich. That pretty much tells us what we need to know.
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 Celebrating the deliverer, even for people who never see that deliverance on this side of death. We need to figure out what sort of refuge we’re talking about.
Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 A loooooong story of buying a field, in front of people, showing that there will be buying and selling in Israel again. A sliver of hope in a ridiculous moment—something that invites us into a posture of collaborative directionality.
Tim Conder is the founding pastor of Emmaus Way in Durham, NC. He is also the author of Free for All: Rediscovering the Bible in Community and The Church in Transition: The Journey of Existing Churches into the Emerging Culture. He Vice-Chairs Durham’s MLK Steering Committee, co-leads the Clergy Caucus of Durham CAN (Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods), serves on the Ethics Committee of the Duke Medical Center, and is a Trustee at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. In addition to his work at Emmaus Way, Tim is a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina.
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, is hot off the presses. 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.