She has done a beautiful thing: Kingdom Womanhood as Declaration

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. (Mark 14:6) Coming to Jesus fundamentally changes our entire being and existence in this world. This new life we live is in the power of God, rather than Satan (Acts 26:18). We have been delivered from darkness into Christ’s Kingdom (Colossians 1:16). We have been born again (John 3:3). We are now children of…

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Visions of Zion: Patriarchy as Promise, the Kingdom as Inheritance

“Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig treeAnd no one shall make them afraid.”They’ll be safe in the nation we’ve madeI wanna sit under my own vine and fig treeA moment alone in the shadeAt home in this nation we’ve made.” This is one of the most beautiful lines in the musical, “Hamilton”, sung by George Washington’s character. It is a reference within a reference - Washington wrote something very…

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Sexual Sin, Purity, and Bearing One Another’s Burdens

Sexual holiness is not merely the absence of lust but the overcoming reality of love... Avoidance of the human beings that supposedly “cause” lust only cements in one’s mind that that other people exist solely as objects of sexual possession and fantasy. The Violence of Lust and Pornography by Rebekah Mui This series has thus far examined the way of Christ the Shepherd in contrast with the way of thief and adversary,…

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The Violence of Lust and Pornography

the way of empire is taking, the way of the kingdom is giving. Empire takes the bodies and dignity of others to cement its power, but Christ literally gave His body for us. Lust, Love the Doctrine of Two Kingdoms by Rebekah Mui This series explores sexuality and lust through the lens of the doctrine of two kingdoms, asking "What does love and sexual holiness, modeled after Christ, looks like in contrast…

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Lust, Love, and the Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms

Content warning: Sex, sexual assault, violence, war, imperialism. Sources indicated with an * are negative examples that are not cited by name, but linked for reference.  Series Introduction Recently, A Better Way ministries was featured by the Associated Press for an exhibit highlighting the evils of sexual abuse and assault. The clothing of sexual abuse victims from various churches was displayed. There have been many gut-wrenching projects of this nature over the…

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More with Less: The Politics of Jesus in Everyday Living

The question we need to ask is, are we operating by the world's definition of "politics" and Kingdomhood, or Jesus's? What did He do that was political, that threatened Herod, Pilate and Caesar? The Kingdom of God is not merely to be proclaimed, it is to be lived. Our lives, our communities, our social interactions, our private household comings-and-goings - these are where we are called to do the politics of Jesus.…

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