The World as It Should Be: Living Authentically in the Here-and-Now Kingdom of God

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The World as It Should Be: Living Authentically in the Here-and-Now Kingdom of God

Written by Gregory F. A. Pierce

Paperback book -- 160 pages -- Loyola Press -- January 2007

Jesus' entire mission and ministry revolved around one key concept: the kingdom of God. But many modern Christians misunderstand the term "kingdom of God." They see it as a synonym for heaven, and perceive it as "still to come" rather than "already begun."

Through 30 short essays, businessman, social-justice worker, and citizen organizer Greg Pierce sets out to help people reimagine the kingdom of God as Jesus originally intended — it is both heavenly and earthly, and because it is to come "on earth, as it is in heaven," each of us is called to roll up our shirtsleeves and help make this world the way it should be.

Each chapter ends with two set of questions: one for Christians and another for dialogue with non-Christians.

The booklets A New Way of Seeing and Una Manera Nueva de Ver offer excerpts from this book in a format helpful for small group discussion (see both below).

The kingdom of God...

  • was Jesus' big idea
  • is an unfortunate phrase
  • is authentic
  • is in and for this world
  • has already begun
  • is about action
  • is about the future
  • is about fruitfulness
  • is a peaceable kingdom
  • is one big thriving family
  • is about repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation
  • is nonjudgmental
  • is an imperative verb
  • is full of joy
  • is between the world as it is and the world as it should be
  • is for the young and the young at heart
  • is not just for Christians
  • is not for everyone
  • is first
  • is a different way of seeing
  • is not fair
  • is not coercive
  • is the law of love
  • is freedom from fear
  • is not sexist
  • is not patronizing
  • is expensive
  • pays off big
  • is eternal
  • is true
  • Gregory F. A. Pierce - Greg Pierce has over 40 years of experience working for social justice. He is the president of ACTA Publications, as well as a leader in United Power for Action and Justice. Greg is the author of several books, including the bestseller Spirituality at Work. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Chicago and have three young-adult children.

    Format: Paperback book
    Product code: AP7039
    Dimensions: 5½" x 8½"
    Length: 160 pages
    Publisher:
    ACTA Publications
    ISBN: 978-0-8294-2909-1
    Written by Gregory F. A. Pierce