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The Kingdom Among Us

"nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you” (Lk. 17:21) Back in February I had the opportunity to preach at Anderson University for their Impact Your World Week. It was a surreal experience to preach from the pulpit in an auditorium where I once occupied the same back-row chair for four years.

Before the service I stood for a moment behind the podium and I felt a flood of memories overwhelm me. I thought about the hours I spent playing frisbee golf instead of studying, the day I met my future wife in the wellness center, midnight walk we used take in the valley, and the laughter of my best friends over an endless (and apparently calorie-free) supply of desserts. I also remembered the hundreds of hours spent with people scheming how best to make a difference in our city, to bring God's Kingdom in Anderson.

I had no idea at the time how lucky I was. That togetherness of mission has proven illusive since college. Even…

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