Despite what you may have heard, the Kingdom of God is here. It’s among us. It’s present. And now our job is to help make it so through our lives.Read More / Listen
Our King really is going to destroy death once and for all, and everything in creation will be set right. The best part is that the battle has already started, and we can already see little cracks in the darkness as the light starts breaking through.Read More / Listen
Jesus expected that His followers would fast when He would no longer be physically present with them. We live in a tension of already/not yet: Jesus has come, but we desperately need Him to come back. God's kingdom has broken into this world, but it hasn't yet come in its fullness. We need help to cling to this kind of honest hope, which is why fasting is particularly helpful.Read More / Listen
After being crucified and resurrected, Jesus continued teaching His followers about His coming empire. He told them to wait for it, wait for it. And then it happened. The Holy Spirit came. God's power was made available to Jesus' followers just like it had been to Jesus. And all of this was because Jesus has been enthroned at God's right hand.
He will come again in glory. Until then, we wait, and we testify to the reality of His empire.Read More / Listen
In Jesus' empire the patterns and ethics of our world are overturned, freeing women to be what God intended in the first place. In fact, women are adopted by God the Father, becoming siblings of Jesus and co-rulers with Him over all of creation for the rest of time. Jesus is the great liberator of women, and at Redemption our goal is to participate in that.Read More / Listen
God’s Kingdom is not just a fiercer version of worldly empires. It's an empire of grace, as different from the empires of this world as love is from hate and light is from darkness. It's mercy and love. It's a rejection of merciless power, a rejection of the authority that comes by brandishing fear.Read More / Listen
Jesus came to announce the arrival of the empire of heaven. The law of this empire is the law of grace, a law that reflects both the will and character of our Most High God. This empire is coming and will never ever end. So as other-worldly and counter-cultural as it may seem, we can begin to live as citizens of this empire even now. Seek His empire, even when it's at odds with the norms and wisdom of the world around you.Read More / Listen