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The Kingdom of Heaven, Theories of Culture, and the Missional Church

In this post I will connect the term The Kingdom of Heaven with Kathryn Tanner’s ideas in Theories of Culture.1 I will then propose that this is a missional imagination of how the Trinitarian God is at work in the world.

What prompted these thoughts

This week I have been working on a sermon for Advent 1 from Daniel 3:8-30. Here we read the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Adednego as they refused to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s idol as they were in exile. The Gospel lesson was from John 18:36-37 where Jesus says that his Kingdom is not from this world. read more

  1. Tanner, Kathryn. Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology Guides to Theological Inquiry. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997. []

Messy Life Together | A #Missional Sketch of Matthew 28:16-20

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I am preaching on Matthew 28:16-20 this weekend as we follow the Narrative Lectionary through Easter. This is the sketch that emerged as I worked through the text.

God’s mission (missio dei, to use my fancy missional ecclesiology language) is:

Messy

The disciples all worshiped Jesus when they saw him post-resurrection, but some doubted. I find great comfort in that. Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI) began his Introduction to Christianity by noting that doubt is the one thing that unifies us as humans (read my annotated notes here). read more