Walsh and Keesmaat describe their work as an “anti-commentary.” It is peppered with references to pop culture and punctuated by dialogue and fictional narrative. As I began to read, I was pleasantly surprised at how consistently the dialogue sections anticipated and responded to my questions—as any good commentary should; the imaginative reconstructions of the first century context of Colossians also call attention to fresh new ways of reading familiar texts. And to its great advantage, Colossians Remixed has a characteristic that many commentaries lack: it is readable. This is good news because Walsh and Keesmaat draw our attention to the social and political implications of the confession “Christ is Lord”—and this is a message that needs to be heard by a contemporary North American church that has so effectively separated spiritual faith from practical life.
The church’s failure to consider the political implications of Paul’s gospel rests in part on what is at least an apparent tension within the writings attributed to Paul. The one who writes that Jesus is “Lord of all” (Rom 10:12) also says: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities” (Rom 13:1 NRSV). The one who writes “there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female” (Gal 3:28 NIV; cf.
Walsh and Keesmaat resolve this tension by reading Colossians over against a reconstructed first-century context in which the