Our calling is to live out the Advent story. We are supposed to be the people who put on full display for the world the acceptance with which God has embraced us. We are the people of Abraham’s children raised from stone, we are the people in whom the lion and lamb lie down together, we are the people of Jew and Gentile accepted while we were yet sinners, we are the people showing Jesus’s kingship through our justice among one another.
Matthew 3:1-12 The preacher whom people seek: not in town, out in the wilderness, where God might be reenacting the exodus, promising an outward moving potential of embrace.
Isaiah 11:1-10 How do we wait for something that has already arrived? The kingdom Isaiah envisions cannot be coerced, it can only be inhabited. It begins by reimagining what the Spirit empowers us for.
Psalm 72 A kingship worth celebrating in its justice and judgment. How do we allow the story to reframe our understanding of Jesus being king? What would a kingship of God look like on the earth?
Romans 15:4-13 Hope. Peace with one another enacts the hope we seek to take hold of. We are the people whom Isaiah 4 saw. Watch out for the “just as…”
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Jason Micheli is a United Methodist pastor in Northern Virginia. He claims that his years in the academy
have done him not a whole world of good, claiming, “I’m now the least well-rounded person in the world, having studied theology at UVA and from Princeton. Seriously, I’ve got no skills apart from parsing Greek nouns and obscure theological categories.” You can find his writing at tamedcynic.com and his book, Cancer is Funny, on Amazon
Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, and blogger who lives in San Francisco, CA where he is currently Pastoral Director for the Newbigin House of Studies. His third book A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, is hot off the presses. 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.