Call it the Kingdom of Heaven, Incarnate Living, Missional. But please don’t call it Shirley.

Jesus’ new way of taking over (the beginning of his kingdom on Earth):

It wasn’t a matter… of Christians simply taking over and giving orders in a kind of theocracy where the church could simply tell everyone what to do. That has sometimes been tried, of course, and it’s always led to disaster. But neither is it a matter of the church backing off letting the world go on its sweet way, and worshiping Jesus in a private sphere.

Somehow, there is a third option… We can glimpse it in the book of Acts: the method of the kingdom will match the message of the kingdom. The kingdom will come as the church, energized by the Spirit, goes out into the world vulnerable, suffering, praising, praying, misunderstood, misjudged, vindicated, celebrating: always — as Paul said it in one of his letters — bearing in the body the dying of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be displayed.

– NT Wright, Surprised by Hope

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