1. How does Michael Rhodes redefine discipleship to incorporate justice and mission, in contrast to E.K. Strawser’s perspective (Ep. 185: From Sunday Services to Real Transformation)?
2. What role does Rhodes believe justice plays in the biblical narrative and in the practice of discipleship? How does this challenge traditional views of discipleship?
3. In what ways does Rhodes emphasize the importance of avoiding a spiritualized understanding of justice, specifically as it relates to the proclamation of Jesus in Luke 4 and the kingdom of God?
4. How does the concept of the Justice Feast in Deuteronomy inform Rhodes’ understanding of justice as the faithful exercise of power and just structures? How might this concept be applied to contemporary justice issues?
5. According to Rhodes, how can themes of justice be integrated into worship and liturgy, particularly through the Psalms? How might this shift our understanding of worship and its connection to God’s mission of justice?
6. In what ways does Rhodes emphasize the need for leaders to nurture qualities of compassion and confidence when addressing issues of poverty, racial justice, and exploitation in the Christian world?
7. How does Rhodes encourage a reevaluation of the concept of tithing in Deuteronomy and the idea of the feast before the Lord? How might this challenge common perceptions of tithing and generosity within Christian communities?
8. What methods does Rhodes propose for overcoming the lack of interaction between different economic classes in American society, and how might this engagement contribute to a more just discipleship?
9. How does Rhodes suggest that worship and prayer, particularly through engaging with the Psalms, can shape our perspectives on justice and discipleship?
10. What practical advice does Rhodes offer for individuals seeking to integrate justice into their discipleship practice, and how can scripture be used to challenge unjust practices in the world today?