Round of 32 – Week 2 – Day 2

We are getting closer to the end of the first round, just a few days left!

2 – Carla Works – from her class on Introduction to the New Testament
The kingdom of heaven is supposed to produce a new people, a new kind of community. The Church is supposed to exhibit what the Kingdom of Heaven is supposed to look like. The church is supposed to be a living glimpse of God’s kingdom in this world. To follow this king, means you have to emulate a king who looks like no other king in the world. And if we believe that Jesus is calling us to radical discipleship, then we need a community to help us truly be faithful to this task.

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7 – NT Wright – from the book Simply Christian
Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. But new creation has already begun. The sun has begun to rise. Christians are called to leave behind, in the tomb of Jesus Christ, all that belongs to the brokenness and incompleteness of the present world … That, quite simply, is what it means to be Christian: to follow Jesus Christ into the new world, God’s new world, which he has thrown open before us.

 

2 – Julie Clawson – from the book Everyday Justice
True worship doesn’t merely involve enacting the cultural rituals of worship or personal piety, but more importantly, it involves how we treat others. Worship coupled with exploitation of workers is not acceptable to God. Taking care of the needy, and treating others with love and fairness, are central attitudes and actions in the type of worship God insists on

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7 – Frederick Douglas
The American people have this to learn: that where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither person nor property is safe.

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