LectioCastWith Scott MacDougall back on the podcast we explore various dimensions of our embodied spirituality. The great things that God does for God’s people promise to be visible, tangible, and recognizable as great even to those to who do not recognize our God as their own. Lent is our time to set aside some goods for the embrace of others—be those goods our good food, good achievements, or good perfume poured out to tell the gospel story.

Isaiah 43:16-21 How are we supposed to think about that past that we’re supposed to forget? There’s a more abundant greatness that God has in store—not just for humanity, but for the whole creation.

Psalm 126 Isaiah’s kind of deliverance. It’s a greatness of glory that the nations can see and respond to as something great and wonderful. The psalm expresses the hope that what is thrown on the ground will spring forth in new life.

Philippians 3:4b-14 Paul’s crash course in the conjunction between spirituality and our physical bodies. Lent invites us into the adjudication between different goods: we set aside some goods for another kind of good. Paul recalibrates everything based on his new relational reality.

John 12:1-8 A woman here enacts faithful and true discipleship in washing Jesus’ feet. It’s an act of love and a demonstration of death. The paradox of the gospel is contained here: life comes through death.

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Registration is now open for a new 7-week online course on church in Anglican history, theology, and practice that Scott is teaching. The course is offered through Church Divinity School of the Pacific’s Center for Anglican Learning & Leadership (CALL). For more information about the course and to register, please visit the listing on the CALL website.

Scott MacDougall (Ph.D., Fordham University) is Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology at the Church MacDougall PRO FA15Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. His research centers on ecclesiology and eschatology. He is interested in the difference a robust theological imagination of the future makes in how Christian community is lived out, both in the church itself and in the wider world. His first book, More Than Communion: Imagining an Eschatological Ecclesiology, was published in 2015 and was the subject of a Homebrewed Christianity interview with Tripp Fuller. MacDougall has also published several articles and reviews and has contributed to online publications such as Religion Dispatches and the Huffington Post’s Religion section. Follow him on Twitter at @scottmacdoug

danielkirk_2Daniel 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  (http://patheos.com/blogs/storiedtheology). You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jrdkirk.