THE BEAUTIFUL MESS
McKinley begins with the kingdom as both beautiful, but a mess. There is no real way of defining the kingdom, but it is the “living, breathing presence and purpose and reign of God.” He continues. The kingdom is like yeast worked through the dough, the mustard seed that grows from something so small into a tree, and a treasure in a field that is worth selling all you have to purchase it.
“Repenting turns us away from our own poverty and toward God’s best.” We are the mess. Many pertinent examples are used as well as Scriptures. Another good quote is “The kingdom demands that I notice others, love others, pray for them, and serve them.” McKinley becomes very practical about the kingdom. “I can’t embrace the kingdom when my arms are full of me.” The kingdom is already but not yet.
This book is practical and down to earth with reality of today’s culture. One thing that bothered me was the mention several times of alcoholic drinks and nicotine, neither which has any part in the kingdom. Perhaps it was to make a point. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.