‘Jesus says again and again, this kingdom advances neither with violence nor bloodshed, with neither hatred nor revenge. This kingdom advances slowly, quietly, under the surface – like yeast in dough, like a seed in soil. It advances with faith :: when people believe it is true, it becomes true. It advances with reconciling, forgiving love :: when people love strangers and enemies, the kingdom gains ground.’

— the secret message of jesus, brian d. mclaren

gaining ground.