During my trip to Japan in May, I was blessed to ride the Bullet Train between Osaka and Tokyo.

My train collection was one of my passions as a child. I had a set of O-gauge trains and tracks that gave me many enjoyable hours. And I loved to ride any trains I could, so it was a real thrill to ride the Bullet Train from Osaka to Tokyo! Of course, all my trains had wheels – and Bullet Trains don’t – so I had to find out how we had such a smooth ride while traveling at over 300 mph!

Magnets. The train has magnets underneath each car that raise the trains above the track, which has coils with an electric current that creates a magnetic field that pushes and pulls the train along the track. Wow! Magnets and coils working perfectly in sync moved us to our destination at Tokyo.

It reminded me of one of my favorite words, homothymadon: with one mind,  one passion – unanimously working together, rushing along with one accord. 

The Book of Acts describes the early church as living in homothymadon: “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart…” (Acts 2:46)

“And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch” (Acts 5:12).  

If we are to complete the work God has sent us to do on earth; to bring restoration, to take dominion, to influence culture, then the Church needs to be homothymadon – working together in one accord. Just like the structure that makes the Bullet Train work, in perfect order producing a perfect result – mission accomplished.

When hearts are in one accord with God and the communication is right between each person, there is no friction and we can all move along together to build His Kingdom on earth by His pattern. That requires humility: putting God first, others second, and self last. It requires each person to be and do exactly by the Word, by the Masterplan, by the talent and skills each is given by the Father, in the proper time, with a Godly attitude.

Together we can build the Kingdom of God faster, like Nehemiah building the walls of Jerusalem. We move God’s plan ahead in a smoother and more effective way, like the Bullet Train,  gliding instead of grating our way to our destination.

My prayer is that we move in homothymadon – unanimously in hearts and minds with God’s passion to build according to His pattern.

God wants His Church beAs One!


Building together with Him and you,

John P. Kelly