The Kingdom strikes back -- Signs of the Messiah at work (part 1)

"Pray like this: . . . Your kingdom come" -- Matthew 6:9-10


by Jerald D. Johnson, former Nazarene World Mission Division director and General Superintendent

It has been especially satisfying to me to have been personally involved in the missionary career of Howard Culbertson. I was privileged to be a part of the process that sent Howard and his wife to their first overseas assignment. Since then, I have watched them serve God and the church efficiently and effectively. The worldwide church has further benefited from the exceptional writing skills of this missionary. Howard's ability with the pen first surfaced when he was a student in college. He has continued to develop his talent so that now there are many of us who eagerly await his next article or book.

When I received a copy of the manuscript The Kingdom Strikes Back, I set it aside to read while on an overseas trip. I began reading it on a flight between Jakarta, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. I found that I was unable to lay it down until I had read every word. By chance, a Nazarene lady from Arlington, Va., was on that same flight, sitting just across the aisle from me. I suggested that she might enjoy the manuscript as well. It turned out to be a joyful reading experience -- almost a competition -- as she was always just a page or two behind me, enjoying it as much as I. It was a seven-mile-high missionary study lesson that allowed fellow passengers to get glimpses into Nazarene missions as we exchanged pages and comments.

But The Kingdom Strikes Back is more than a story on missionary work in Haiti. Howard has based his book on a unique and powerful interpretation of New Testament truth regarding the kingdom of God. The book provides devotional as well as thoughtful reading.

Thanks, Howard, for another contribution to the Nazarene missionary book list. Already we are looking forward to your next one. In the midst of your busy schedule, may you find time to keep your pen writing and your thoughts flowing. You contribute greatly to our missionary interest by doing so.

-- Jerald D. Johnson [ start reading book ]

"From that time on Jesus began to preach, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.'" -- Matthew 4:17

This ebook is a mission book. It shows how the words of Jesus about the signs of the Kingdom of God resonate with what's happening in the Caribbean island of Haiti. These 6 chapters plus a foreword and conclusion demonstrate that the Kingdom is indeed in our midst. The title -- The Kingdom Strikes Back -- is borrowed with gratitude from Ralph Winter who used it as a chapter title in a book he co-edited: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement.. And, to be sure, Winter's title is an adaptation of the title of an epic 1980s science fiction film.

Unless otherwise indicated, all scriptures are from The Holy Bible, New International Version, © 1973, 1978, 1984 by the International Bible Society, and are used by permission. Quotations marked NEB are from the New English Bible, © The Delegates of the Oxford University Press and The Syndics of the Cambridge University Press, 1961, 1970. Used by permission. Quotation marked Williams is from The New Testament in the Language of the People, by Charles B. Williams. © 1937 by Bruce Humphries, Inc.; assigned 1949 to Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. Used by permission.

Page:   Foreword  |   1. The Kingdom strikes back  |   2. The blind are seeing  |   3. The lepers are being cured   |   4. The crippled are walking  |   5. The deaf are hearing  |   6. The poor are hearing the Good News   |  7. Conclusion   |  Next →  

The Kingdom strikes back

Next chapter The response of Jesus to John's followers finds an echo today in a Caribbean island. . . [ more ]

    -- Howard Culbertson

Material on Haiti:    Accordions needed    PowerPoint:History    Devotionals from Haiti    Are you really feeding that starving child?   Haitian recipe     Ham radio thoughts: Haiti     Story of the Bible in Haitian Creole: Istwa Labib    Haitian Rara band    Is Haitian voodoo possession the same as demon possession?

ebooks:   Alfredo Del Rosso, an Italian mastered by a vision    God's God's Bulgarian tapestry   Mr. Missionary, I have a question    Paul McGrady: Mr. Evangelism    Our balanced attack: How Nazarenes finance world evangelism     Pasta, pizza and Pinocchio     Jonah, the reluctant missionary     Rookie notebook: Our first nine months as missionaries in Italy    Other books and articles

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