Paradise is not monopolised by believers. Secular culture, with increasing skill and determination, offers fulfilment courtesy of the Big Society, a federal UK, the American Dream and My Everything. Where is the Kingdom of Heaven in all this if it is “among us”?
John Bell is a hymn-writer, a Church of Scotland minister and a member of the Iona Community. He lectures in theological colleges in the UK, Canada and the United States, but is primarily concerned with the renewal of congregational worship. He also appears on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.