Thursday, October 29, 2015

A New Price! - Scenes of the Kingdom

I wrote a book! So many books and communicators talk about the kingdom of God but at times it can be a very ambiguous concept without much anchoring in the gospels. That is why I wrote Scenes of the Kingdom.

Scenes of the Kingdom is a book that provides background on the kingdom of God. It examines the royal titles used in the gospels to describe Jesus. It also looks at several of the passages where Jesus talks about the kingdom.

I have had the opportunity to teach in a variety of settings around the world in the past several years. I have also taken my campus community on mission to Argentina. Sometimes these trips are supported, other times I have to raise support for my travel. I am publishing this book for the purpose of having funds available when these opportunities arise. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this book will go into future travels where I am teaching or traveling with Missio Dei or the Missouri Baptist Convention. Any money that I do not use for these purposes will go into the general ministry fund of Missio Dei.

I am offering this book in two forms. You can purchase a physical copy of the book or you can choose an e-book. For the e-book, you can choose .pdf, .epub or .mobi format for the e-reader of your choice.

If you would like to order online, please visit this site:
Order Online

I will mail you a copy of your book through the USPS or email the e-book file.
The paperback book is $10.00 (plus shipping). The e-book is $7.00 (it will read $4.00 plus $3.00 for shipping).
If you would like to pay by check, please make your check out to Stonebridge Community Church (they are the overseers of our campus community) and send it to
Bill Victor
4521 Kentsfield Ln. #208
Columbia, MO 65201

Of course, you can buy it off of me personally as well. I'll bring it to you if I'm making a trip near where you are going to be.

Here is the Table of Contents:


 1. Why Study the Kingdom of God?                           

 2. Royal Titles for King Jesus                                               

 3. The Kingdom of God is about Repentance        

 4. How to Enter the Kingdom                                  

 5. Jesus’ Message of the Kingdom                          

 6. The Kingdom Is Displayed in Power                    

 7. Least versus Greatest in the Kingdom                 

 8. The Kingdom of God is Like…A Man Who
     Sowed Good Seed in His Field                            

 9. With the Kingdom Comes…Persecution?           

10. The Kingdom of God Starts Small                     

11. Implications for Churches Today                                   

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Is That the Kingdom of God?

I was listening to a retired pastor speak about an NGO he started. He began his discussion by asking his audience, "If an alien came to earth and asked you, 'What is the kingdom of God?' what would you say?" I was thinking through my answer when he gave me the "correct" answer. It was a version of an answer that I think many people would have given. He gave us the address of his NGO (non-profit business that serves the needy in third world countries). His organization was what the kingdom of God was all about. As he described what his organization did, I thought it was great. It did a lot of great things. There seemed to be kingdom people working on this project seeking to do good things to serve humanity. But it was not the kingdom of God. As he described the people who worked there, he bragged that there were Methodists, Baptists, Catholics, a Muslim and even a "devout" atheist who worked there. Again, it sounded great. But it wasn't the kingdom.
Here is my point (and it may be controversial with some), unless involves repentance and being born from above (implying allegiance to King Jesus), the organization is not the kingdom of God. By its nature and description, bringing people under the allegiance of King Jesus (which implies transforming communities as precursors of new creation) is the kingdom of God. Not merely doing good works.
(By the way, my writing project on the Kingdom of God is almost edited and proofread. I am looking to sell it to raise money for mission project/sabbatical leave. If you are interested, I'll be posting information on how to buy it soon.)