"Jesus died because we caught him red handed, we caught him proclaiming the Kingdom, a new world with these crazy wild scandalous parables that began re-capture the mind, heart and soul of all humanity. We saw and caught him in the act of living out the Kingdom...eating with drunkards, prostitutes, loan sharks. We saw him heal the sick, we saw the lame walk...we saw an incredible multitude fed with five loaves of bread and two fish."
"When you start to give humanity an alternative story to live by, the story of the Kingdom, of profound redemptive imagination, rather than the story of the prevailing world power that as enslaved humanity, that accepts the status quo...as " Life " as a whole lot less...the story of the Kingdom must be erased."
"They say never mix religion and politics. The Kingdom confronts both. Jesus and his Kingdom pissed off the religious and political establishment of the day. That's who killed him...and that is why he died. The real sin for christians is...we're afraid to say that. The reality we've bought more into the story line, the philosophy, the ideologies of world power...than we have, the profound redemptive imagination of the Kingdom."
"We might believe in Jesus dying for sin...but dying for the Kingdom...that's just crazy. Like I said earlier, I'm a heretic. You better grab a stake, rope, firewood and matches, because I'm not going to stop talking like this
( Edward Wightman, the last heretic burned at the stake, was burned for his... radical brand of Protestantism that included the rejection of the trinity and the divinity of Jesus Christ as well as a complete rejection of the institutionalized Church of England. )