The kingdom of heaven means…

For my final post of this old year, I’ll be finishing my series on the kingdom of heaven – though, of course, infinitely more could be said.  I’d started this study for myself to gain a better understanding of this oft-used and […]

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The Kingdom of heaven is…now and not yet

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd […]

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The kingdom of heaven is…difficult to enter

  It’s hard to see, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the kingdom of heaven is hard to enter.  Of course, this isn’t exactly a comforting thing to hear.  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom […]

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The kingdom of heaven is…difficult to see

When the kingdom of heaven is yeast mixed in dough, or the smallest seed already planted, that it’s hard to see is intuitive.  When it’s a landowner or a king, though…well, positions of power trade, in part, on being always seen and […]

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The kingdom of heaven is like…a landowner

So the kingdom of heaven is sometimes a merchant, sometimes the treasure; sometimes a tiny seed, sometimes the sower and sometimes the landowner.  Matthew 20:1-16 is the “first shall be last” parable, for in it, the landowner who hires people at different points throughout the day […]

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The kingdom of heaven is like…ten virgins

We return to wedding imagery in this parable, where ten virgins go to meet the bridegroom, five wisely with oil for their lamps and five, foolishly without.  When the five virgins without oil realized they didn’t have enough to keep their lamps […]

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Ten Foreign and Domestic Policies That Might Be Younger Than You

Long, exhausting week, complete with interviews and an emergency medical procedure (I’m fine) so I don’t have much.  Thought, though, that I’d share this fun little thing I did (more of these to come, probably, if they don’t get accepted elsewhere).  This […]

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