Friday, November 1

This Beautiful Mess by Rick McKinley

When teaching on Jesus, many look at his miracles and the parables he taught. In doing so, they often miss that his parables and teachings painted a picture of, ‘the kingdom of God.’  WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) was a common catch phrase in the 90’s, but there’s more to Jesus than what he would do. He described to us what God’s kingdom will be like. This look at the Kingdom is the heart of Rick McKinley’s book, which was originally published in 2006 and is now updated with 3 new chapters and a small group guide.

McKinley breaks his book into three parts, Discovering the Kingdom, Re-Visioning Life in the Kingdom, and Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom. In addition to exploring parts of the Gospels, McKinley takes examples from the present, using well know events as well as more personal ones, for illustrations, and they are consistently effective. At the end of each chapter is a poem that reflects the chapter.