Kingdom Living Now: Inclusion

The Beatitudes not only give us a glimpse of what life looks like inside the Kingdom of God, but they also flip the world’s values upside-down. As Rev. Jay Smith says, the Beatitudes are a “radical reordering of our values.” That reordering helps us live rightly, but all this right living isn’t in an attemptContinue reading “Kingdom Living Now: Inclusion”

Kingdom Living Now: Inheritance

Just as Moses once stood on Mt. Sinai, Jesus stands on a mountain, delivering a message that describes kingdom living. Moses’ mountain, shrouded by the cloud of God’s presence, shook with thunder as he passed along God’s law–a prescriptive way to live as righteously as possible so that God would remain with them. Jesus’ mountain,Continue reading “Kingdom Living Now: Inheritance”

Kingdom Living Now: An Interactive Life

We know Jesus by lots of names–like, Son of God and Prince of Peace. But there’s one that stands out and comes into focus as we venture into the realm of the Kingdom of God this Lent, and it’s King of Kings (Revelation 19:16). Most of us have only a faint understanding of how kingsContinue reading “Kingdom Living Now: An Interactive Life”

Inhabit: God Dwells In Us

I’m so curious to know how you’ve reacted to the idea of Jesus tabernacling among us. I’ve tried to imagine what it must have been like for Him to leave His heavenly place and power to take on a tent–human flesh–and live among us. And I can’t. The only way I can reconcile Jesus choosingContinue reading “Inhabit: God Dwells In Us”

Inhabit: God Dwells Among His People

Have you ever held so tightly to a belief that you refused to hear any other idea on the subject? I’ve personally dug my heels in a few times–like the years around age twenty when I thought I knew better than God on most things. I’d been taught the truth, but I no longer listened.Continue reading “Inhabit: God Dwells Among His People”

Inhabit: God Dwells With His People

We’ve been tracing some biblical history on this journey to see what it looks like to dwell, and a key component is the Fall. At one point, we imagined how perfect life was before the Fall–for Adam and Eve to live in a creation with no death or pain or sorrow–in the presence of theirContinue reading “Inhabit: God Dwells With His People”

Inhabit: A Place to Dwell

I’m not sure what I felt, exactly, as I watched the scene through our bus window–a heap of concrete where a house used to be. A home bulldozed by soldiers acting on behalf of their government, ”officially” because the family failed to wait for approval before adding a room. But really because of their ethnicity.Continue reading “Inhabit: A Place to Dwell”

Inhabit: God Dwells in the Garden

Every once in a while you finish a book and somehow know it’s changed your life. Epic of Eden is that book for me. Five good friends took a chance one summer and read it with me. An Old Testament textbook used in seminaries, this tome intimidated us, but courageously, we did our best toContinue reading “Inhabit: God Dwells in the Garden”

Inhabit: God Dwells in Light

Have you ever stopped to wonder why sunbeams shining through a cloud make us think of heaven?  Every. Single. Time. I see the sun’s rays radiating through the clouds, and I imagine heaven breaking in. And, if I let my thoughts move further down that rabbit trail, my mind’s eye sees more light, more shining,Continue reading “Inhabit: God Dwells in Light”