LectioCast2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 When Elisha takes the mantle from Elijah. This pattern runs deep in the biblical story, including with Jesus and his followers.

Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 Another psalm to raise the question, How on earth could there be any Christian culture in which lament is not a regular part of what we do, week by week. Chuck invites us to reimagine our time of confession as a time of corporate lament.

Galatians 5:1, 13-25 The story we tell about God will determine what we think our story is supposed to be as God’s people. The way of health begins with recognizing you are God’s beloved child. 

Luke 9:51-62 The great rupture between Jesus and Elijah/Elisha: Jesus will not have his ministry marked by calling down fire on his enemies. The cross changes everything. The question that looms over the passage is whether we’re willing to be disciples of Jesus in the way that Jesus was messiah for us: walking the way of the cross.

Chuck 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 professorDaniel Kirk-202 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.