An annual reminder that God has chosen to be in relationship with us before we could do anything in response. In the person of Jesus we are given the incarnate presence of God’s deepest blessing with us. And to that blessing we said no. And yet God continues to call us into the relationship God has established. 

Isaiah 62:6-12 God draws us into the place of blessing, where God has come before us. And we have to read it from below.

Psalm 97  God is king. God will judge. Ready to celebrate? Is this good news?

Titus 3:4-7 Danielle wants you to preach Titus. Again! And Jennifer Knapp makes a surprise guest appearance. Salvation is all about God’s goodness.

Luke 2:1-20 Returning to where we were last time… There’s a danger to registration that we might have fresh appreciation for this year.

This week on LectioCast we mentioned…

This awesome organization: The Global Immersion Project

This mystery song: Jennifer Knapp, Trinity

This week on LectioCast we mentioned some truly exceptional pieces of literature:

Original Blessing by Danielle Shroyer

A Man Attested by God by J. R. Daniel Kirk

h11-e1424391483348Danielle Shroyer is an author, speaker, and blogger. She serves as the Theologian-in-Residence at Journey Church, one of the first independent emerging churches in the country, where she also pastored for over eight years. Danielle is the author of Where Jesus Prayed: Illuminations on the Lord’s Prayer in the Holy Land  and The Boundary Breaking God: An Unfolding Story of Hope and Promise (Jossey-Bass, 2009). A graduate of Baylor University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Danielle speaks often across the country on issues of theology, faith, church leadership, culture, and story. She has written for PatheosThe Hardest Question, and Immerse magazine, and she blogs often at Danielle lives with her husband and two children in Dallas, Texas

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Daniel 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  ( You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at