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Beyond One Denomination, One Generation

Although the Kingdom of God is a central teaching of Scripture, rarely do Christians speak of it, and even fewer claim to understand it, said James T. Draper Jr., president of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Nearly every parable in the New Testament centers on the Kingdom of God, Draper acknowledged during LifeWay's 2002 State Leaders Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., and it is proclaimed in John the Baptist's cries in Matthew 3:2 of, "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!" and Jesus' preaching in Matthew 4:17 that the Kingdom of God is near.

Still, Draper said, "I was surprised when I looked back on all of the sermons I had preached that only one focused solely on the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom is central to the Word of God, yet it is seldo...

On Mission With M-Fuge

The words of Amazing Grace drifted through the humid air as Ruth Helton sat in the shade and watched ten teens scamper around on her roof.

"I told that boy right there he should be a professional roofer," said Helton with a laugh as she gestured to a young man hanging precariously over the edge of her small house in Nashville, Tenn.

"They've done such a wonderful job. I can't even put into words what this has meant to me. They don't complain about the heat or the hard work, and they even invited me to have lunch with them today!"

The teens were a part of M-Fuge, a ministry-oriented camp sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Helton's home was just one of twenty-two sites at which M-Fuge teams were stationed during the week of June 9-13. Besides construction work, the youth also chose from tracks in creative ministries, social work, and children's ministries like backyar...