. . the poor you will always have with you. But you will not always have me . . . if you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, and follow me. (Mark 14:7, NIV; Matthew 19:21, ESV)


The Christian who seeks perfection—as the Father in heaven is perfect—is the one who gives all for the sake of others, in the name of Christ, with Him, and for His sake. This is the radical nature of the kingdom. May this kingdom come forth as the one built on sand begins to crumble!

© 2008 by S. Michael Craven

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S. Michael Craven is the President of the Center for Christ & Culture. Michael is the author of Uncompromised Faith (Navpress), which is scheduled for release January 2009. (You can preorder your copy today on Amazon.com.) Michael's ministry is dedicated to renewal within the Church and works to equip Christians with an intelligent and thoroughly Christian approach to matters of culture in order to demonstrate the relevance of Christianity to all of life. For more information on the Center for Christ & Culture, the teaching ministry of S. Michael Craven, visit: www.battlefortruth.org

Michael lives in the Dallas area with his wife Carol and their three children.