Lent begins. And we are invited into the ancient practice of fasting. Fasting does not mean adding a new practice, but shedding a practice for the purpose of deepening our trust in God. The stories of Jesus and of Adam and Eve invite us to consider what sorts of props we have erected to hold ourselves up rather than entrusting ourselves into the hands of God. Will we give these up for Lent?

Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus pulls off what neither Adam nor Israel were able to do before him: and he reaps the rewards of it in the end. 

Genesis 2, 3 The question of trust: will we trust God or will we accept and perpetuate and create alternative interpretations of the world? 

Psalm 32 It looks like God is more willing to forgive us than we are. Read here an invitation to confession, maybe to recognizing the need to confess as generated by Lenten fasting.

Romas 5:12-19 Adam and Jesus: alike in representation, way different in results! Here’s your big chance to be a universalist if you want to take it.

Books discussed this week: Danielle Shroyer, Original Blessing

 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.