The Kingdom of Heaven is Near, and Stays Near

I was reading through Matthew 3:1-9 today, and came across a familiar phrase in verse 2:

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (Μετανοεῖτε· ἤγγικεν γὰρ ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.)

Interestingly, the verb translated “has come near” (ἤγγικεν) is in the perfect tense, giving the sense that the kingdom has already drawn near, and also persists . . . → Read More: The Kingdom of Heaven is Near, and Stays Near

Jesus’ Parables and God’s Intended Design

“Jesus through his parables teaches that God’s dynamic reign has broken into human history through his person and ministry in a new and decisive way and that God intends to create a new community of his people who model, at least in part in the present, what God intends for all humanity and what he will . . . → Read More: Jesus’ Parables and God’s Intended Design

Grow soil, not crops

My host town in Ecuador.

A while ago, as a high school student, I set off on this adventure to live for a summer in the mountains of Ecuador through a program called Amigos de las Americas.   Our goal in this small, 800 person town was to work with the local leaders in developing sustainable . . . → Read More: Grow soil, not crops

Who owns this stuff anyways?

I love free stuff. Maybe it’s the cheapskate part of me that always wants to maximize my dollar, no matter what the circumstance. Minho reminded me of a time when I was trying to sell a compact flash card, a whopping 1GB one, on craigslist. I wanted to sell it for 60 dollars, . . . → Read More: Who owns this stuff anyways?