KOH2RVA: Day 31

Today is the “Monthiversary” of KOH2RVA: we started this year-long, every-member mission trip on September 9, 2012, and now here it is, October 9. How am I going to celebrate?

• 8:00—Meet with my lectionary discussion group at Can Can
• 9:30—Lead the weekly staff meeting at First Baptist Church
• 11:00—Attend chapel service at the Baptist Theological Seminary of Richmond
• 12:30—Lunch with Rob Fox, Field Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia
• 3:00—Participate in the Faith Leaders Partnership meeting at Richmond Police Headquarters
• 4:00—Lecture at Westminster-Canterbury retirement community: “Questions People Ask Pastors”
• 6:00—Personnel Team meeting at First Baptist Church
• 7:00—Monthly Deacons’ meeting

Where, in a day like that, will the Kingdom of Heaven come to Richmond, Virginia? It could come anywhere, anytime. The odds seem especially favorable during the chapel service at BTSR where my intern, Jay McNeal, will speak; during my afternoon meeting with the police department to talk about how we can bring down the homicide rate in Richmond; and during my lecture at Westminster-Canterbury, where I will give my best answer to the question: “Is there a God?” But heaven could also come to earth over coffee with my preaching colleagues at Can Can, or during staff meeting in the Adams Room. I’ve actually had some heavenly experiences at a deacons’ meeting (although I’ve had the other kind, too), so let’s not rule that out, either.

The Pharisees once asked Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come, and how, and he said, “The Kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or “There!’ for behold, the Kingdom of God is in the midst of you” (Luke 17:20-21, ESV).

Jesus makes it sound as if the Kingdom were already among us, if we only had eyes to see. I’m going to try to open my eyes today, and see it everywhere I go.

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Pictured above: Pastor Patrice Keys at a meeting of the Faith Leaders’ Partnership at the Richmond Police Department.

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