Happy New Year! God is with us in a solidarity more profound than most of us ever dare to imagine.

Isaiah 63:7-9 Getting wrapped up in the fulness of God’s blessing: unmediated, direct blessing. God shows up in God’s love. With an awesome digression on the Abraham story. 

Psalm 148  A picture of the cosmos. Which my youth group confused. But… Here’s the deal: the God who has unlimited scope also loves and cares for us as God’s own people. 

Hebrews 2:10-18 “With us.” Jesus isn’t separated, but part of this throng of people. And this throng of people is those who need to trust God—just like Jesus did. Solidarity is the deep wisdom of what Jesus did on the cross.

Matthew 2:13-23 Jesus in solidarity with the story of Israel. Jesus lives the cost of human life in this world. 

This week on LectioCast we mentioned…

These awesome books:

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 www.danielleshroyer.com. 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 StoriedTheology.com  (http://patheos.com/blogs/storiedtheology). You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jrdkirk.