What Is The Kingdom of God?

What is the kingdom of God? It is wherever Jesus is King. When Jesus is King in my heart, then the kingdom of God is within me. When Jesus is in charge in heaven, the kingdom of God is in heaven. When Jesus is King in our community, the kingdom of God is on Earth. In the Bible, Jesus said all three of these things. Our ultimate goal in all that we’re doing is not to be ‘purpose driven’, our ultimate purpose is the kingdom of God, it is to the glory of God—it is the global glory of God.

(Rick Warren via)

Missional Tweets for Your Weekend

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ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

Who Is “Worth Following” in Your Neighborhood?

Asking, “What is worth following?” is a helpful antidote to our cultural inclination to look for certain caricatures of a leader that may have very little to do with healing relationship, stewarding the land or anything else related to God’s redemptive vision. If we allow the broader culture to predetermine the qualities of a leader, we can easily overlook the very gifts, skills and character qualities that God desires for us to discover. These caricatures of leaders are what caused the Pharisees of Jesus’ day to miss the appearance of the Messiah. Think about that for a moment.

….[The Pharisees] desperately wanted to identify the Messiah, probably more than the average Israelite, and yet many of them missed Christ because of what they thought they should be looking for.

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Rooting in a Neighborhood

Rooting is, to use Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s language, about “staying put and paying attention.” It is coming to know your neighborhood and becoming one of its characters. It is teasing out with curiosity the story of your place.

(from A New Parish, 136. Wilson-Hartgrove quote from The Wisdom of Stability, 1)