We are the light of the world. And the very things we do in service to God can be the darkness that obscures the light just as easily as the light that dispels the gloom.

Isaiah 58:1-12 Don’t be hoodwinked by acts of piety that don’t bring life to your neighbor.

Psalm 112:1-9 Celebrating people who are… like Isaiah suggests. Are they like us?

1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) When crucifixion becomes an adverb the wisdom of God is at work.

Matthew 5:13-20 Time to retrieve the southernism “Y’all,” and get about the business of being the kind of people who put God’s glory light on display.

 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.