Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy: Defining “Mission” in Kingdom Terms, Part 3

KingdomConspiracy2We’re discussing Scot McKnight’s latest book Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church.

Seventh, kingdom mission as church mission means the kingdom citizen is compelled by love to “good deeds” or “doing good” in the public sector.

(p. 111).

To disconnect the biblical idea of kingdom from social activism and to claim that the location of God’s work in this world is not the state but the church does not entail withdrawal. It is, to use the words of someone else, “leaving without departing.” But the church is the church, and the world is the world. Distinguishing the two, even radically separating them, however, does not mean withdrawal. Instead, when the church is the church it is fully engaged in loving everyone as neighbors. As such, the church becomes the most lovingly, compassionately, justly, peacefully engaged segment in all the world.

(p. 111). And so, Scot argues, the good works we do must be good works from within the church — meaning local congregations. And this means, I’m sure, that our congregations need to change and change quite a lot. Continue reading

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Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy: Defining “Mission” in Kingdom Terms, Part 2

KingdomConspiracy2We’re discussing Scot McKnight’s latest book Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church.

Fourth, kingdom mission as church mission means forming and indwelling a local church fellowship. The most political thing you and I as followers of Jesus can do, the most political thing we as kingdom citizens can do, the most political thing we as the church of King Jesus can do is to gather together in order to do things the church is called to do.

(p. 104). Scot now sounds very neo-Anabaptist, that is, like Stanley Hauerwas and John Howard Yoder. But there is more here than neo-Anabaptist theology. Continue reading

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Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy: Defining “Mission” in Kingdom Terms, Part 1

KingdomConspiracy2We’re discussing Scot McKnight’s latest book Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church.

In chapter 7, Scot lays out 9 observations for the nature of the local church in terms of the kingdom of heaven.

First, kingdom mission means the local church is first and foremost a dwelling place for God. …

If the ultimate mission of God is to dwell among the people of God, then kingdom mission is to be the dwelling place of God in this world. Kingdom mission is about being the presence of God in this world.

(p. 100). Now, this should sound familiar to those who’ve read some of the earlier posts on John Walton’s Genesis 1 as Temple Text in the Context of Ancient Cosmology, such as this one from the Creation 2.0 series. Walton argues that Genesis 1 describes the dedication of the cosmos as a temple for God, a temple in which humanity serves as the images of God and in which God rests. Continue reading

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Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy: Defining “Kingdom”

KingdomConspiracy2We’re discussing Scot McKnight’s latest book Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church.

I’m skipping quite a bit of material — to make sure you buy the book. And it’s a good book, an easy read, and filled with powerful insights. It’s well worth the price.

When we consider the kingdom language of the Gospels, we routinely ignore the Old Testament background. And yet Matthew declares —

(Mat 4:23 ESV)  23 And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.

— long before Jesus was announced as the Messiah or crucified. And yet, when Jesus preached the kingdom, he expected to be understood because the kingdom had been taught by the Old Testament prophets. For example, Continue reading

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Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy: Distinguishing the Ideal from Reality

KingdomConspiracy2We’re discussing Scot McKnight’s latest book Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church.

It often seems that we want to use “church” to refer to the imperfect, often messy reality of Christians in community today, and we want to use “kingdom” to refer to the perfection of what God’s rule ought to be. But the Bible does not speak this way.

As we’ve seen in earlier posts, the Bible speaks of the “kingdom” in terms of both the present, incomplete, imperfect reality and the perfection of the inheritance we’ve all been promised. Both are “kingdom” — because the kingdom is in process and not yet finished. Continue reading

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Apologetics: O, To See With the Eyes of God

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Post up at Wineskins

church_of_christ (1)Matt Dabbs recently posted on 10 Predictions about the Future of Churches of Christ.

In response, I’ve posted Reflecting on “10 Predictions about the Future of Churches of Christ.”

In particular, I address the relationship of parachurch organizations to the local church and intergenerational ministry at the local church.

This discussion ties in well to the series on Scot McKnight’s latest book Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church.

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MDR: A Question from an Elder

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I’ve gotten this question from a number of readers lately. It seems there’s a fresh questioning of the traditional view blowing across the Churches — a very good thing.

I have read your book, “But If You Do Marry,” and wanted to ask how you came to the conclusion that adultery is “covenant breaking.” It has troubled me that the traditional approach seems to present a double standard for this sin, requiring celibacy for the “guilty party,” but I couldn’t deny that the lexicons define adultery as “sexual intercourse involving someone who is not one’s spouse.” Can you tell me what convinced you to view adultery instead as the “one time” sin of covenant breaking rather than the potentially “continuous” sexual sin?

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1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (FAQs)

250px-Agape_feast_03Q. Should we practice open or closed communion?

A. The Churches of Christ have always practiced open communion. Following Alexander Campbell’s counsel to neither “invite nor debar,” the Churches never refuse communion to anyone present (other than an unbaptized child).

Most Churches of Christ pass communion without announcing a rule for who can and cannot participate. Some announce that communion is available for any “baptized believer” or “baptized believer in good standing.”

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Young Oceans: “The Gates”

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