I guess I have four reasons why I want to restart blogging, and why I am beginning this blog. The first relates to the title. Almost two years ago, I felt that God began to refresh and enlarge my understanding of his kingdom by shifting the focus on to the counter-cultural nature of his kingdom. Its character and ways are so radically different from the ways of this world, but the Church has often imitated the world rather than been shaped by the kingdom. Part of what I want to do is to explore with others more about what it means to be a citizen of this different kingdom, in vision and in practice, in understanding and experience.
A second reason is that, along with other factors, this vision led to a whole new stage of a journey for myself and the church I help lead. This is involving some shifts in perspectives, a revaluation of our understanding of many things and to an on-going cultural transformation in the church. We believe this connects us with what God is doing in the body of Christ across the globe in our generation. I want to use this blog to help the people I lead - and anyone else interested - to understand more about what is involved in this journey.
These are my primary reasons. But I learned from blogging last time not to make the posts too long. So I'll explain the other two reasons tomorrow.