Dear Christ Church,
“The time has come. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” —Mark 1:15
Jesus begins his ministry with these electric words about the kingdom of God. This theme of belonging to a new kingdom shows up throughout the rest of the New Testament. Peter writes that we are “aliens and strangers” in this world who belong to a heavenly kingdom (1 Pet 2:11). The author of Hebrews says we are longing for another country (Heb 11:16). And Paul says that we are citizens first of a heavenly kingdom before our earthly citizenship (Phil 3:20).
A question Christians face in every age is, “How do we faithfully follow God’s kingdom while scattered among the kingdoms of the world?” There are big categories we face: work, politics, finances, marriage, and many others. And it’s only from the perspective of the Kingdom of God that we discern how to live faithfully.
One of the foremost questions many Christians have been asking is how to think about race and issues of justice.
On August 25th at 8:00pm I will be hosting a webinar along with Fr Bill Walker entitled “Kingdom Perspectives on Justice and Race.” Fr Bill and I will walk through a biblical theology of justice and discuss ways of thinking about contemporary issues surrounding race through the lens of the Kingdom of God. This will be a webinar where Fr Bill and I will do the majority of the talking rather than a typical zoom call with back and forth conversation.
When you register you’ll be prompted to submit a question if you have one. We won’t be able to address every question but if there are some common ones we’ll be able to group them together. This will help guide our discussion time.
And while you’re considering that, don’t forget that we’ll be looking at Colossians 3:5-11 this weekend as Fr Matt continues our preaching series through Colossians.
P.S. One of our own parishioners, Larry Linenschmidt, has had some great podcasts over at Hill Country Institute on faith and race.