In order for shame to be undone, our whole system of judgment must be turned on its head. God honors those whom the world would shame. But are we really ready to hear it? The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector might push us to our limits.
Joel 2:23-32 A holistic picture of salvation that turns the whole world on its head. It invites us to hope for a huge act of deliverance, but then asks us to be agents taking care of a big world as well.
Psalm 65 A psalm celebrating Joel’s God of “all flesh”—and all creation. It’s a God who receives praise from much more than human creatures.
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 What Paul hopes in 1 Corinthians 9 is here fulfilled: a faithful finish to a race well-won. Are we adequately preparing people for such an end?
Luke 18:9-14 Are we ready to name the heroes who represent our smug? Are we ready to name the despised other who represent God’s grace and mercy? This parable can push us to our limits.
Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, and blogger who lives in San Francisco, CA. His third book A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, is hot off the presses. 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? 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.