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Beginning in about the 5th grade, all of us boys developed a common denominator for conversation. defines "common denominator" as: a trait, characteristic, belief, or the like common to or shared by all members of a group.

When all of us boys hit the 5th grade, it didn't matter if someone was on the athlete, band, artist, or skater track-of-life - we all had this conversational common denominator: girls.

Talking about the girls in our class, at recess, or the school down the street was something that every boy in my school was interested in talking about.

It was a conversational topic that transcended skills, hobbies, and aptitudes.

Something similar is happening in Acts 1.

ACTS 1:3

Jesus has raised from the dead.

He is spending 40 days with his disciples and appearing before 100s of people.

And his conversation topic is the same as it was before his crucifixion and a conversation topic that transcended the skills, hobbies, and aptitudes of those present (fishermen, tax collectors, merchants, soldiers, etc.)

His topic was the Kingdom of God: "After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God."


I always find it interesting that the ongoing conversation Jesus was having with the disciples/crowds is the conversation he picks up and continues after his resurrection: the Kingdom of God.

In other words - conversations, teaching, and reflections on the kingdom of God was such a transcendent, common denominator for life that Jesus continues to speak about it.

It made me think of what current "common denominator" conversation topics amongst groups currently are:

  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Social Issues
  • Etc.

Then I think to myself, what the timbre of conversations looks and feel like if we were intentional about making the Kingdom of God our topic of conversation. Not church preferences, politics, or expressions - but the actual Kingdom of God teaching as we hear about it from the Gospels.

How would that active, ongoing conversation change what anticipate talking about, what we muse/reflect/think about, and how we conduct ourselves in the everyday rhythms of life?

The Kingdom of God was designed to be an ongoing conversation.

Let's make it a point to intentionally pick up and continue the conversation regularly.