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Kingdom of God

The Advent of the Kingdom

Pastor Andy Ballentine | Posted 12.10.2015 | Religion
Pastor Andy Ballentine

Where I live, in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, Northern Hemisphere, the darkness descends early in the evening these days. I sleep for a short while a...

Just Once

Richard Brand | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Richard Brand

Just once I would be delighted to see a letter that thought God was not happy with the way we have been stewards of creation. Just one would have made my heart sing. To know that there was at least one other person who has read the Scriptures the way I have.

Who Better to Teach the White Man Than the American Indian?

Cindy Brandt | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

This is an interview with Dr. Randy Woodley, a Keetoowah Cherokee Indian descendent, serving as Distinguished Associate Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

My Husband's Sweet and Profound Passage Into Spirit

Carol Jones | Posted 06.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Carol Jones

My friends, Book publishing is a slow process. It has been almost five years since my husband, Kenny, passed into Spirit and since I began writing Th...

The Positivity of Givers and Takers

Catherine Nagle | Posted 04.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

It seems that we are both the givers and the takers; it's only until we tip the scales of justice that we truly see who is the true giver of us all...

Behind the Veil: Ferguson and the Reign of God

Trey Lyon | Posted 10.19.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

There are the large moments. The ones where the Veil is lifted. These are the moments when the music stops and the dance ends. These are the moments when one can keep humming the tune and twirling like nothing has changed or stop to realize that those beyond the Veil have no cause for dancing.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.

Jesus Christ, Refugee

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Forget about your politics or your party. Forget about what the commentator on Fox or MSNBC feeds you. Look into the faces of these children. There is Jesus. At the border. Being smuggled in under cover of darkness. Invite him in.

The Kingdom is Within

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Harold Lloyd

The Kingdom is Within It's Holy Week again, that annual time when some of us struggle with the "orthodox" account of the Passion. How is it morally ...

Holy Week: Journeying Into the Risk of Faith

Scott MacDougall | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

We are empowered to suffer through the pain of our spiritual doubts, or our self-hatred, or our deep-seated anger, and carry on despite it.

Miscarriages of Justice: Why the Church Should Be (and Isn't) Compelling To Rising Generations

Christopher Cocca | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

Christians believe different, often contrasting things about Jesus. Even so, there are fundamental points of reference across the traditions and theo...

The Fandom of God Is Upon Us and It's Killing the Church

Mark Sandlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

When we are fans of Jesus rather than followers of Jesus, our focus is inward turned, like in fandoms, concerned with and finding full satisfaction in what we think and feel and believe.

Darwinism And The Kingdom Of God

Michael Pettinger | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

How would it change the way we talk to each other, if we took the Resurrection seriously, not just as a promise to be fulfilled in some distant future, but in the way we live here and now, as we make our way into the Kingdom of God?

The Great Cloud Of Witnesses At The Finish Line

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

It may take time, but I pray that many who suffered this week will see the presence of God in even through their distress. And from this time forward, I can't help but believe that we will all think of our sisters and brothers at the Boston Marathon finish line each time we find ourselves at one.

Two Kingdoms Of Christianity

Richard Brand | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The great show of the new pope is the best example of the theology of glory. The story of Good Friday is the story of the theology of the cross. It is not hard to see where Christianity in the United States is rooted.

Jesus' Nonviolent Resistance For The Marginalized

Craig S. Keener | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

If Jesus' preaching of an imminent kingdom sounded too political, it would arouse Roman concern. Jesus probably did not simply predict his death: He provoked it.

Is The Kingdom Of God Built Of Vegetables?

Jeremy John | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Jeremy John

Vegetables. Who could have imagined an economy in which gentle vegetables were subversive? But this is our world. A world where a vegetable, whose growth is imperceptible to the naked eye, can spider a crack into the concrete of our industrial food system.

Was Jesus A Jerk? A Bible Study

David Lose | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Pious readers encountering this question may be shocked or offended. It borders on being disrespectful, even unseemly. Yet that's the question that kept coming to mind as I read the passage many preachers will be dealing with this coming Sunday.

A Call To Transform Politics

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

Jesus said the greatest commandment was to "Love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself." In a Democratic Republic, our politics have the power to love, hurt or even oppress our neighbor.

Obama, Romney And The Kingdom Of God

BJ Gallagher | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

As I listen to the campaign speeches of President Obama and Gov. Romney , it seems to me that it boils down to this central question: Which do we want ... "every person for him/herself" OR "we're all in this together"?

'Jaws' And The Kingdom of God

Bert Montgomery | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

Being "fishers of men" is not about getting people to take our bait. It's about casting huge nets of grace and bringing all the people within our reaches along with us into the current of God's Kingdom.

Why Christian Activism Against Gay Marriage Is Not Very Christian

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

If the church is to be faithful to Christ, then our political action should focus on what the kingdom of God is all about: sheep and goats, not gays.

Retelling The American 'Kingdom of God' Story In Parables

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 07.04.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

The American Church is called to speak through the power of stories -- mirrored in bold and creative action -- to transform our sociopolitical context for the greater inclusion of all people in the American Dream.

Practicing Resurrection: Turning Vacant Lots Into Gardens in Philadelphia

Shane Claiborne | Posted 06.22.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

We are building a new world in the shell of the old one. We see grass piercing concrete. We see a neighborhood coming back to life, rising from the dead.