Monday, July 29, 2013
This Beautiful Mess by Pastor RIck McKinley
Jesus came to this earth, among other reasons, to reveal to us the kingdom of God. His kingdom functions in this earth, but the way that it operates and the principles and standards it holds are contrary to the way we would normally think. And it is some of these principles and the practical ways we can live them out in our lives that author Rick McKinley chooses to emphasize in his book This Beautiful Mess.
Rick McKinley is the Pastor of Imago Dei Community in Portland, Oregon. His church is a very creative, socially active and outward focused community. It is many of the stories of his members and friends that he shares in the book. And while the principles of kingdom living are very simple and articulated easily, the way that they are lived out in life vary greatly and allow for out of the box thinking in expressing their reality.
He discusses the issues of how we do church, our finances, how we share our faith, and living in the tension between the now and not yet. Particularly interesting are the poems and assorted stories found at the end of several chapters. These were written by those he knows and are one way that pastor Rick embraces the kingdom, by allowing others to use their God given skills freely in the context of church and community.
For those who are creative, and envision church functioning differently than the traditional norms, this will be an enjoyable read for you. For others, who find Biblical Orthodoxy and it's expression more and more divorced in society from the examples we actually see Jesus display and emphasize, you will may find yourself disagreeing, struggling and analyzing the concepts found in This Beautiful Mess.
I received this book for free from "Water Brook/Multnomah Publishing Group" for this review. It will definitely stretch your paradigms of church and kingdom living. You can read a sneak preview of chapter one at http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/files/2013/04/SneakPeek_ThisBeautifulMess.pdf