Ah! I am working on a column about the kingdom of God. How do you explain this concept to a bunch of over-educated hipsters? Or to church people, for that matter. I am starting to realize that I talk about the kingdom all the time. It is the churchiest language, but to me it is so practical. Currently, I am in a Paul-what-in-the-world-is-up-with-you phase, and I am finding refuge in the gospels again. We can't just lean on the tidy doctrines and big theological words of Paul. We also need the prodding and fire of Jesus (and his kindred spirit, James) urging us towards lives that actually look like God is our king.
With that preachiness out of the way, here are two photos for you (both taken by my friend Haley, who is super cool and has an i-phone and the requisite awesome app, and who is also one of the most generous people I have ever met in my life).
First, the cute baby:
Secondly, the most awesome keychain in the world (which the generous Haley got me):
And in case this picture makes no sense to you, here you go:
See? It's funny because it's like the opposite of the kingdom! I do love me some ridiculousness.