We do not see the Kingdom, acquire it, build it, or enjoy it. What we do is join a Movement which looks for it, acts if it already existed, takes hold of its final reality and embodies bits of it now.
Our faith is built on the character we know God to have. Our faith lays a hold on the faithfulness of God.
The challenge to love in the glamorous sense of big dreams, visions of fighting injustice and of bringing light to darkness, but doing so ready and alert that this will necessarily involve the gritty sense of long days and tired feet.
The Gospels show that Jesus invites, restores and saves women. The only qualification to be a disciple, or one who teaches, leads, heals, serves or prophecies in the name of Jesus is a love of God. And gender could never disqualify anyone from that.
Thoughts on Mark 14-16.
How the father in Mark 9 and the widow in Mark 12 are models of faith.
Thoughts on Mark 9 / why Jesus would be great at Cards Against Humanity