From time to time I post small snippets from my book (proposal to be completed by May 31), which is adapted from my doctoral dissertation. Here is a bit from Chapter 1.
This call to embody God’s righteousness implies not perfection but the struggle toward a goal, and it speaks to the particular universal quality of symphonia to be discussed later. The church has gravitas. Like a large celestial body, its faithfulness to Jesus’ teaching about the kingdom has a way of bending the fabric of reality toward that which is the source of its own life and the reason of its own existence. The kingdom makes the church what it is. Without it, we would not exist. Insofar as we live into the reality of this kingdom, the church brings the world with it.