Jesus has been raised. I think this means we don’t have to worry about crazy passages from 1 Peter. 

Acts 17:22-31 Paul unravels the narrative of polytheism, claiming for one God a unique place of sovereignty and honor. And then he pulls in a Jesus juke at the end to call for repentance. Masterful.

Psalm 66:8-20 God gets a lot of credit here, maybe more than we’re comfortable ascribing to a loving deity: bringing us through nets and piling up burdens before finally delivering. But it works well as a story of Jesus. Try it on.

1 Peter 3:13-22 For the second time this week we have to dodge models for doing apologetics. Fortunately there are some good distractions: like stories of fallen angels going to prison and being taunted by Jesus, stories told to provoke confidence that God will be victorious over his people’s enemies.

John 14:15-21 Get ready to have your brain scrambled by a Jesus/Spirit/Father/follower mind-meld. And all of it is known and done through a Christological reorientation of what it looks like to be the people of God.

 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