LectioCastCarol Howard Merritt joined Daniel to kick off the new Lectionary year with some reflections on faithful waiting.

Jeremiah 33:14-16  Carol reflects on biblical anticipations of the future that should expel our fear in hope of safety. Daniel rides his human-representatives-of-God hobby horse.

Psalm 25:1-10 Carol runs the ideas of trust and waiting through the lens of pregnancy. (This is exactly why we have women on during Advent—a gender bias whose value Carol confirms!)

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 From waiting on God to waiting on and hoping for an earthly reunion. At its best, community is a source of joy—and people who can hold my faith for me when I cannot hold it myself.

Luke 21:25-36 Is this about Jesus’ future return? Or Jesus’ enthronement? How does the Kingdom of God come near? Lots of questions linger over this passage. Carol brings some environmental redemption.

Don’t dissipate and debauch!

chm_large Rev. Carol Howard Merritt (@CarolHoward) is a Senior Consultant for the Center for Progressive Renewal. She is the award-winning author of Tribal Church (Alban) and Reframing Hope (Alban) and a frequent contributor to books, websites, magazines, and journals. She is a regular columnist at the Christian Century where her blog is hosted. She’s a Presbyterian (USA) minister whose writing, speaking, and teaching is anchored in theological and sociological insight. Visit: http://www.carolhowardmerritt.org/ Follow her blog at http://tribalchurch.org.

Daniel Kirk-202Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, blogger, and New Testament professor who lives in San Francisco, CA. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and is the author of a pair of books, 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 off to the printers. He blogs regularly at StoriedTheology.com  (jrdkirk.com). You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jrdkirk.