LectioCastColossians 1:15-28 A hymn to the cosmic Christ. Perhaps the most important thing to get about the Christian story: you are the image of God. Who God is making us is not defined by our sin, failure, or who we are not.

Luke 10:38-42 Mary and Martha, distraction and presence. Are we ready to be interrupted by what demands our attention?

Amos 8:1-12 Summer fruit: the end of God’s patience with Israel. Amos warns the people about scheming for getting more and more while they’re honoring God through religious ceremony—sound like a country you know?

Psalm 52 What do you really love to hear? And are you able to stop and see and listen?

 sarah-pic-about1Rev. Sarah Heah is an ordained elder for the California Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC). She recently began serving at First United Methodist Church in Costa Mesa. Sarah is often a guest writer for various publications, websites, and blogs where she shares insights on the topics of making faith relevant in our modern society and negotiating faith with church – How does faith “work,” grow, and be sustained when you don’t fit into the average church?  Sarah is a contributor to the book, Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels edited by Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani (Jericho Books/Hachette, Oct. 2014). You can find her online at RevSarahHeath.com.

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, 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, will be out soon. 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.