LectioCastThe waiting game begins again. But we’re not waiting for the Messiah to be born. We’re waiting for him to reappear. We’re looking and longing for the new creation that was promised with the reign of God’s faithful servant. And so we watch for an hour whose coming we cannot anticipate. And so we become the future for which we hope.

Isaiah 2:1-5.  When God exalts God’s people, the economy of the world is transformed. The military industrial complex surrenders to the agricultural economy of life-giving work. This word goes out and the peoples come in.

Psalm 122 Celebrating God’s presence as: a place, a place where righteous judgment is administered, a place where our sisters and brothers dwell, a place where my “neighbor” is anyone in need of mercy.

Romans 13:11-14 Waiting looks like becoming in Christ who we already are in Christ. The light looks like Jesus.

Matthew 24:36-44 The surprise of the Son of Man’s arrival takes everyone by storm. But might this simply be an iteration of the ministry of Jesus itself? Jason offers a fascinating interpretation. 

Jason’s book: Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Chemo 

Jason Micheli is a United Methodist pastor in Northern Virginia. He claims that his years in the academy jason-headshothave done him not a whole world of good, claiming, “I’m now the least well-rounded person in the world, having studied theology at UVA and from Princeton. Seriously, I’ve got no skills apart from parsing Greek nouns and obscure theological categories.” You can find his writing at tamedcynic.com and his book, Cancer is Funny, on Amazon.

danielkirk_2Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, and blogger who lives in San Francisco, CA where he is currently Pastoral Director for the Newbigin House of Studies. His third book A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, is hot off the presses. Daniel 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? 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.