Welcome to the weekly Think! Pray! Act! update, helping us integrate these things that we may live into the Gospel more fully. As we read through the end of Job we consider the scriptural theme made popular in Harold Kushner’s book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People (or, WHY, GOD??!!). As Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan says in The People’s Companion to the Bible, “God bestows holiness, yet it must be pursued by humans. The wisdom tradition holds in tension divine sovereignty and human responsibility.” (p. 157)
As we continue to see the
Daily Bible-in-3-Years Readings for September 24-30, 2017
|Sunday, September 24||Job 31-32|
|Monday, September 25||Job 33-34|
|Tuesday, September 26||Job 35-36|
|Wednesday, September 27||Job 37-38|
|Thursday, September 28||Job 39-40|
|Friday, September 29||Job 41-42|
|Saturday, September 30||Psalm 1|
Abstract: “Through his odd encounter with God, Job is transformed from an earlier worldview, shared by his friends, that suffering is related to behavior, to what will later be called a theology of the cross, within which Job speaks truthfully to God rather than protectively about God.”
This article is but one of an entire issue of Word & World devoted to Job. It’s definitely worth a read!
“The Story of Segregation in St. Louis” offers short but serious insight on the long-term, systemically racist polices and practices that shaped and continue to shape St. Louis city and county, as well as the broader region:
Saturday, September 30, 8am-3pm: Attend the 1st Annual Sr. Antona Ebo Social Justice Conference
Thursday and Friday, October 5-6, 10am-: Attend the POW! Persisting and Organizing to Win Annual Conference
Attend a local march, rally, or protest. Afterward, spend some time reading and thinking about the relationship between protest and biblical lament and prophecy:
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