Doug Pagitt breaks it down: the problem is Second Grade. Just wait.

Isaiah 9:1-4 Overcoming gloom: a beautiful picture of hope. But the reality is… Second Grade. Am I right?

Psalm 27:1, 4-9 There’s a rhythm of salvation and distress. And maybe a bit of uncertainty about whether that rhythm will recur. Then there’s the question of how we don’t get caught in a Temple/attractional model of discovering the presence of God.

1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Living out of an abundance narrative is a cornerstone of avoiding tribalism. Scarcity and tribalism are destroying us. First Corinthians might have some answers.

Matthew 4:12-23 A series of portraits about what the light looks like. A different kind of kingdom bigger than Cesar and Temple. Israel will not circumscribe the work of the Messiah.

Fine literature discussed this week:

Doug Pagitt, Flipped

Shalom Auslander, Foreskin’s Lament

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

Doug Pagitt is the founding pastor of Solomon’s Porch, A Holistic Missional Christian Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a national Initiator with Convergence a collective of faith-engaged organizations, individuals, institutions, and networks who seek to embody a generous and just Christian ethos leading to constructive collective action in the United States. Doug is a speaker and consultant for churches, denominations, and businesses throughout the United States and around the world on issues of Inventive Age culture, social systems Christianity, and Leadership. He is the author of books on spirituality, Christianity and leadership including, Flipped, Preaching In the Inventive Age, and A Christianity Worth Believing.

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