Evangelism should regain the biblical understanding of the cosmic battle between the two kingdoms. A renewed emphasis must be placed on the battle between the rule of Satan and the rule of Christ and that, in this world, in the very structures of society and culture, this battle now rages.

-Robert Webber, Common Roots: The Original Call to an Ancient-Future Faith

…Obedience in the world results in the application of kingdom teaching and living in every area of life. . . To reduce the rule of the kingdom to our personal experience apart from our activity in society and culture is to deny the lordship of Christ over all of life.

-Robert Webber, Common Roots: The Original Call to an Ancient-Future Faith 

The content of the Good News is the coming of Christ—who is himself the Good News—the embodiment of the kingdom. In Jesus both the publication of the Good News and the actualization of the Good News are brought together. He not only proclaims the Good News, but he is the Good News and he does the Good News. He is the content of his message.

Robert Webber, Common Roots: The Original Call to an Ancient-Future Faith

(In other words, as Marshall McLuhan said, “the medium is the message”…)

From a Christian point of view, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the center of time, for from Christ we look backward toward creation, the fall, the covenants, and God’s working in history to bring redemption. But from the event of Christ we also look forward to the fulfillment of history in the second coming of Christ. For this reason, time is understood from the Christian point of view in and through the redemptive presence of Jesus Christ in history.

-Robert Webber, Common Roots: The Original Call to an Ancient-Future Faith

Spoken Word from Psalm 103

Any relationship is a two-way street.  In this psalm, David reminds us to remember what God has done for us.  The scripture reading above is from the middle of the psalm, but I wanted us to read it first because it’s a description of what God is like.  He is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and full of love.  He doesn’t treat us like we deserve to be treated, but in his great love, he removes our sin forever.   If this is the way God treats you, how should you respond?  The scriptures tell us that what God really wants is your heart.  What God really wants is for you to live a life of worship that is motivated by that same love.

Psalm 98 Spoken Word

Have you ever noticed that entitled, complaining people don’t have much joyful praise? Psalm 98 is a call for all creation, including you and me, to joyfully praise the Lord. Here is another spoken word poem to prepare us for worship…

Spoken Word from Psalm 8

Did you know that the book of Psalms is the most quoted book in the New Testament? In other words, the Apostles were inspired by what they read in the Old Testament because it pointed to Jesus. I want to share today (and every Sunday for the rest of the month) a spoken word poem that highlights Jesus as the “son of man” who was made a “little lower than the angels”, but now is crowned with “glory and honor”!

The principle purpose of worship is not to teach but to worship God…

God is praised as Creator, Redeemer, and Judge. The worshiper praises, magnifies, and glorifies him not only for who he is, but also for what he has done in providing life, redemption, sustenance, hope, and many other blessings. In this way, worship becomes an experience of God. The worship is carried through an experience in which the opportunity is given to make a fresh commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

-Robert Webber, Common Roots: The Original Call to an Ancient-Future Faith (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009), 129.

Easter is not a single day; it is a season…Every event of the Christian year flows into Easter, even as all the events of the Christian year flow from Easter.

-Robert Webber, Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2004), 142-143.