"The Fundamental building blocks of the kingdom are relationships. Not programs, systems, or productivity, but inconvenient, time-consuming, intrusive relationships. The kingdom is built on personal involvement that disrupt schedules and drain energy. When I enter into redemptive relationships with others I loose much of my "capacity to produce desired results with a minimal expenditure of energy, time, money, or materials." In short, relationships sabotage my efficiency. A part of me dies.
Is this perhaps what our Lord meant when he said we must lay down our lives for each other?
“Jesus announcement of the kingdom was a “double revolutionary” program that challenged both Israel’s self-understanding and the pretensions of the Roman Empire.”—N.T. Wright quoted in James KA Smith “Desiring the Kingdom” (via futonreformer)
“One legitimate, nourishing, robust, vital reason for assembling [the church] today is nothing less than the renewal of the new covenant we have with God in Christ”— John Witvliet on the Eucharist as an act of covenant renewal similar to renewing wedding vows, Worship Seeking Understanding.
“All that is sweet, delightful, and amiable in this world; in the serenity of the air, in the fineness of the seasons, the joy of light, the melody of sounds, the beauty of colors, the fragrance of smells, the splendor of precious stones, is nothing else but Heaven breaking through the veils of this world.”—