Luke 18: 9-14
9] He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt:
 ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector.  The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector.  I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.”
 But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”  I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’
A little while ago I was intrigued by the posture of the Pharisee - how he could be in the midst of the temple and yet be "standing by himself". But what about the tax collector? I am confronted with the picture of someone praying far off from the temple, and yet his prayer is heard, and answered.
In a way this little detail raises a few basic questions. Is the Kingdom bigger than "the temple"? Or, to re-cast the question, is the Kingdom bigger than what we generally think of as "the church"? I suppose that yesterday, as Christians gathered in their various places of worship for the Sabbath, there were still a few tax collectors who were "standing far off" from the precincts of the temple.
I'm just sayin'. Is our picture of the kingdom too small?