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Jesus’ Subversive Kingdom – Part Seven

I’ve said before that the whole of Scripture is about one thing—love. But God defines this agape love as other-centered and self-giving. It literally means “good will,” which is where we get the word “benevolence” (from the Latin bene volentem: to use our volition, or … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Subversive Kingdom – Part Six

Who is truly a good and moral person? Can you describe it without giving the typical religious non-answer? (“No one is righteous, not one!”, etc.) As I said in part five, philosophers and scholars had been trying to answer this question for centuries … Continue reading

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Why (good) discipleship matters

Mahatma Gandhi once said,  “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Unfortunately, he wasn’t the only one to have had a bad experience with professed Christians. This is a supplemental post … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Subversive Kingdom – Part Five

Jesus’ teachings are subversive because they represent a total inversion of what is commonly praised in our culture. He reveals two kingdoms in sharp contrast. It’s a ” first shall be last and the last shall be first” paradigm that confounds the wise and eludes the proud. … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Subversive Kingdom – Part Four

It should be of interest to us that we never hear Jesus say, “Repeat this prayer after Me and you’ll be saved.” He simply said, “Follow Me.” Our life in Christ is just that…a new and very different life than the one we … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Subversive Kingdom – Part Three

As I shared last time, Jesus’ central message was that the kingdom of God, now, for the first time, has invaded earth and intends to fully integrate itself in and among humankind. And the Kingdom carriers, starting with Jesus, have come to turn this world … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Subversive Kingdom – Part Two

Jesus’ first message was “The time has come, and God’s kingdom is near. Change the way you think and act, and believe the Good News.” (Mark 1:15 GV *) The time had come for the “Kingdom of the heavens” (as Matthew puts … Continue reading

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