Rick McKinley serves as lead pastor at Imago Dei. He and his wife Jeanne moved to Portland to plant Imago Dei Community with 8 year old twins, a two year old and a one year old. Today, besides his pastoral and preaching duties with Imago, Rick travels widely to share local movements like Advent Conspiracy with the broader church. He also serves as faculty at Multnomah Seminary. His books include Jesus in the Margins, Advent Conspiracy, This Beautiful Mess, and A Kingdom Called Desire. Rick and Jeanne enjoy spending time with their kids and thanking God for all He has done and continues to do in the community.
To contact Rick, please e-mail his assistant, Ruben, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone longs for freedom. Freedom from anxiety, fear and sin. Freedom to love others completely as God loves us. And yet many of us are prone to selfishness, shackled by insecurity and are wary of letting down our guard. That’s not the life God designed for his followers. In The Answer to Our Cry: Freedom to Live Fully, Love Boldly, and Fear Nothing, Pastor Rick McKinley shows that when God’s people cry out to him for freedom, he hears—and responds.
This Beautiful Mess: Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God
When Jesus announced, “the kingdom of God is at hand”, what did He mean? Uncover the reality of the kingdom of God and what it might look like if followers of Christ practiced its in-breaking presence. What happens when we view life through the lens of the kingdom? How does the beauty of Jesus’ reign break into the mess of our broken lives and world? What if we lived as though a world other than this one was here today? This Beautiful Mess launches a paradigm-shifting journey inviting us to experience the kingdom of God in the ordinary miracle of our everyday lives.
A Kingdom Called Desire: Confronted by the Love of a Risen King
Living out of a place of authentic desire is central to living in the Kingdom of God. Our innermost desires shape our experience of following Jesus. A Kingdom Called Desire will help you: • Uncover your core desires • Discover the freedom of living honestly before God • Allow God’s desires to shape your life • See how your own unique personality, gifts, and experiences can be used by Jesus in his Kingdom.
Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World?
Each year Americans spend billions of dollars on material items at Christmas. That is a pretty weird way to celebrate the birth of Jesus, who gave up all of his riches to save the world. Christmas for Christians can be a time, however that is not a contradiction. It can be a time of worship, meaning and giving that is prophetic, powerful and transformative. In celebrating Christmas in the way of the story Christ followers are taught how to worship fully, spend less, give more and love all this Christmas and every Christmas.
Jesus in the Margins: Finding God in the Places We Ignore
Jesus is our ultimate model for finding identity, acceptance, and legitimacy from the Father. As we pull back the curtain on His life, we discover that Jesus knows what it’s like to be marginalized. He understands how it feels to have society shove you to the side, to not really be accepted, and in the end to be totally rejected. He can identify with life in the margins because when God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ, He landed in the margins. On purpose. And He chose to land there because it’s in the margins that broken lives get mended, prisoners are set free, and the poor hear the Good News.