Jesus asked his disciples to pray for the kingdom to come on Earth and commanded them to seek the kingdom “first'' in their own lives - a prayer that forms the backdrop to this podcast. Episodes will range in focus from discussions of how church leaders can become more kingdom-centric in their ministry agenda, to ways that individuals are pursuing the kingdom in their personal journeys, to an examination of collaborative efforts underway in communities to address key societal issues - all while we celebrate the kingdom (“life as God intends”) as already present and hope for a better future.
The kingdom of God is a movement. It represents God’s commitment to our experiencing the life he intends for us. It impacts every sector of society and domain of human endeavor. All of us who are Jesus-followers are commissioned to lead in the kingdom movement, to live as viral kingdom agents where we live, play, work, go to school - wherever we hang out. This episode offers some practical advice for living up to this challenge and opportunity.
In this episode, we discuss some of the elements that make the kingdom saga compelling enough to change our lives. Reggie helps us understand that the kingdom of God is primarily a mission, not just a message. The discussion encourages us that the kingdom is unfolding just fine and that we are living in the biggest story in the universe.
Reggie contends that this shift of perspective is like unto the shift from a Ptolemaic universe (earth-centric) to a Copernican understanding (helio-centric). The center of gravity shifts; the points of reference undergo substantial revision. In this episode, Reggie details some signs of church-centric thinking, offers some kingdom correctives, then identifies the three shifts that are essential in bringing the church culture into alignment with God’s mission.
Jesus told us we need to become like children to enter the kingdom of heaven. If we hold the prevalent idea that children are “someday” going to grow up to understand God and spiritual things, that makes no sense. If, however, you are a child in Leanne’s ministry constellation, you are already a full participant in what God is up to in his kingdom. “Someday” is now!
Listen to this remarkable story of how one group of Jesus-followers figured out how to serve their community in northern California, a place not known for its hospitality toward the church. It all started with one act of kindness in one middle school. Pastor Gary Gaddini narrates the story—packed full of kingdom insights—and tells how God is at work to bring people closer to him.
Getting locked out of the church proved to be a pivotal moment for this pastor. He’s been out in the community ever since. Andre Alexander is working in St. Louis to build a better community – fixing up buildings, helping people gain home ownership and creating a community center that brings several sectors together (technology, health care, education, etc.). He evidences some key elements of leaders who are kingdom collaborators.
“Hope” is the operative word and kingdom gift of the work of the CyHope foundation and HopeDisasterRecovery. Godfrey Hubert takes us on a journey of the birth of these ministries in the northwest part of Houston TX. You’ll be astounded at the scale of help that is being delivered to people who face scarcity day-to-day as well as those who are visited by disaster.
In this episode we visit with Larry Stoess, who planted a restaurant with a church inside of it in the historic Portland community in Louisville KY. Find out how The Table Café is serving food but so much more . . . and get a heads-up on the new Promise Housing Plus project that is helping to fight gentrification threatening to push people out of the community.
We all have a desire to experience our life as God intends. This hope characterizes humanity’s belief that something better exists than what we are now experiencing. So, how exactly do we get there? How do we become viral kingdom agents on our search for our purpose on Earth? This episode will help position us all for this powerful and purposeful journey.
Controversial opinion: Jesus didn’t come to establish the church. He came to reveal the kingdom. Jesus established the church with a specific role to play in the kingdom saga: to be the people of God partnering with him in his redemptive mission in the world. The church does not have a mission; the mission has a church. In this podcast episode, we delve into how and why the Western church has become more church-centric as opposed to kingdom-centric and how we can revert back to Jesus’s intentions.
Did you know Jesus reference the “kingdom” over ninety times in the gospels? Jesus was obsessed with the Kingdom of God. It was always used as his point of reference throughout his ministry. He demonstrated its reality and power to realign our life and world with God’s intentions. We discuss the content and character of the kingdom and what Jesus revealed about the kingdom in this podcast episode.
We’re kicking off our first podcast series with a discussion on the Kingdom and God’s mission. The kingdom has, and always will be, God’s chief expression of his intended purposes. In this episode, we discuss the eternal link between God and His Kingdom and the biblical and theological basis for connecting life as we know it to God’s Kingdom.
In this introductory podcast, Reggie McNeal lays out why he thinks a podcast devoted to the kingdom of God is important and instructive for our lives today. In addition, Reggie shares some insights into Jesus' command to his followers to "seek first the kingdom of God." He suggests that this pursuit in our lives can help us through troubled times.