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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. []

Article | Fruit of the Spirit by Gary Simpson

In this short essay–Fruit of the Spirit by Gary Simpson–Simpson1 claims that there is only one fruit of the Spirit. That is love. Love is like a stem cell and takes on whatever form the recipient needs in the moment. This is the communal discernment that the Spirit empowers.

I found this image at https://gs4nj.org/fruit-of-the-spirit-love/
I found this image at https://gs4nj.org/fruit-of-the-spirit-love/
  1. Green, Joel B. Lapsley Jacqueline E. Miles Rebekah Verhey Allen. Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2011. []