J is for justice K is for kin-dom

Posted By vermonthills on Feb 23, 2019 | 0 comments

This weekend in BrainStorming with Bo (formerly Sunday School) we are going to address two connected ideas.

The first subject is social justice .Why is the term ‘social’ needed in that formulation? Is there a type of justice that is not social?

We will tie this in to truly Methodist ideas called ‘social holiness’ and ‘practical divinity’.

Then we will turn our attention to the idea of ‘the kin-dom of God’. What is the advantage of translating this phrase as kin-dom and not “Kingdom”.

It is because Jesus was being ironic by hijacking the term from the Roman Empire?

Jesus spoke of and modeled an upside-down, inside-out, un-, anti-, counter- kingdom.

It is going to be a vibrant conversation. We will look at the work of Ada Maria Isasi-­Diaz’s “Solidarity: Love of Neighbor in the 21st Century” in Lift Every Voice: Constructing Christian Theologies from the Underside.

It resonates with me because both Romans 8:15 and Galatians 4:6 talk about the inner witness of God’s spirit in our spirit that we have been adopted and are children of God.

This makes us ‘kin’ with each other.

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