How do we live as people who are not in charge? How do we live among a people who are not like us, how do we respond to life’s calamities, how do we respond to life’s blessings? What do our responses show us about what kind of people we are and how we do or don’t see God’s hand at work in the world?
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 Are we ready to be a blessing to the city in which we find ourselves? Are we willing to come out of the greenhouse, out of the ghetto, and integrate with the city, seeking its good so that we can find our own?
Psalm 66:1-12 In order to praise God we have to respond to God’s great deeds—which means we have to notice them! Are we ready? Are we ready to do this as those watching for movements from suffering and trial to deliverance rather than as people who reap blessing upon blessing?
2 Timothy 2:8-15 Listen for the texture of the gospel story, carrying us from death to resurrection. Look for it at play in the text and in real life.
Luke 17:11-19 How Luke’s “man attested by God” radically reorients what appropriate worship looks like, and who’s actually doing it.
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.