1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a A classic burnout passage: at the moment of greatest achievement, Elijah is ready for it to all be over. God meets it with compassionate provision. In fact, God seems to be feeding Elijah every time we turn around—it all starts to sound like the Exodus. And in the end, the question is whether or not Elijah recognizes that his God is a different kind of God than Baal.
Psalm 42 and 43 Will God start acting like God? We have permission to speak what we feel and not what we “ought to say.” Sometimes we can even say both.
Galatians 3:23-29 Shifting from the Law to Christ as what contains and demarcates the people of God. Being in Christ means you don’t have to occupy the position of privilege in society in order to fully receive what God offers us.
Luke 8:26-39 Chuck and Daniel try to figure out what to do with depictions of demon possession. The problems we face are greater than the sum of people’s bad decisions. And our interpretation of the villagers might tell us something about ourselves.
Chuck DeGroat is Associate Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care at Western Theological Seminary Holland MI, and Co-Founder and a Senior Fellow at Newbigin House of Studies, San Francisco. He brings his pastoral, academic, and clinical experience to his writing in Wholeheartedness: Busyness, Exhaustion, and Healing the Divided Self and Toughest People to Love: How to Understand, Lead, and Love the Difficult People in Your Life — Including Yourself. Follow him on Twitter @chuckdegroat. He blogs regularly at chuckdegroat.net.
Daniel 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.