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Participating in God's Mission: The Servant and the Conclusions of Acts and Isaiah
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Westmont College
Bruce Fisk and Rachel Winslow, responding
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Founders Dining Room, Kerr Student Center
Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture
The author of Luke-Acts builds aspects of his portrayal both of Jesus and the disciples in Luke-Acts on the servant, who is the human agent of God’s restoration envisioned in Isaiah 40-66. Luke is sensitive to the Isaianic co-text of the servant’s mission, often called the New Exodus, and he demonstrates his awareness at least partly by concluding Acts with the same notes of triumph and tragedy that end Isaiah. The implication is, then, that faithfulness for the people of God (both then and now?!) involves human participation in God’s mission, a mission that embraces elements not just of hope and acceptance but of rejection and suffering.