Sometimes the chaos of the world compels us to call on God to set all things right. Sometimes the chaos of the world compels us to delight in God’s presence in the midst of hardship. Can we take hold of both?
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 A cry for justice in a time of uncertainty. And a renewed cry when God answers wrong. A call for patience as we await geopolitical transformation.
Psalm 119:137-144 Here we find righteousness not in a transformed world but in the Torah that God has given. Perhaps a call to find peace and joy in the presence of God even in the midst of geopolitical turmoil.
Luke 19:1-10 Did Jesus bring repentance to the house of Zacchaeus? Or did he recognize that Zecchaeus was already a child of Abraham? What message do we need to hear with respect to our own money? Comfort or challenge? Do we need to be chastised for our crowd-like presumption and grumbling?
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 Faith needs to get worked out in horizontal and vertical dimensions. And suffering is to be expected for those living out the story of the crucified Christ.
Corinna Guerrero is currently the MTS Online Program Coordinator (Berkeley, Campus) and Lecturer in the Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara University. She holds these positions while writing her dissertation on motifs of atrocity in the Book of Judges.
To read some of Corinna’s popular work see her cover article “Costly Scripture” for America Magazine and her essay “I am CHURCH” in Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay.
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.