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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Kingdom of God (03/12/09)

TITLE: Within the preacher's reach
By Ed VanDeMark
03/14/09


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Within the preacherís reach

Iím a Christian and I like reading Christian material, but I rarely feel called to write to Christian audiences.

Peter was called to preach to the Jews. Paul was schooled in Jewish traditions but he was called to preach to Gentiles.

I take my faith seriously but I feel Godís leading to write to secular audiences. Truly Christian writers have trouble getting people who are far away from the faith to read what they write. My job is to bring these people close enough to the faith that they will pick up Christian material or listen to a pastor and find Jesus for themselves.

My writing is often edgy, but never rotten. I grew up in the church, my parents were strong Christians. Iíd been sideswiped by the faith but other than a few brush burns I didnít get it. I went to church when it was convenient my freshman year of college. I came in late and disappeared before anyone noticed me. I was more at home in a bar or a bowling alley than I was in church. Things remained pretty much this way until Linda and I got married sixteen years later. My main reason for coming back to church was the rule that said ďyou must attend Sunday worship to play church league softball on Tuesday.Ē I was in the right place for the wrong reason and it worked. I read a track based on the 15th chapter of 1st Cor. and suddenly I wanted salvation more than anything Iíd ever wanted. Softball brought me within the preacherís reach. Had I not gone back to church I wouldnít have accepted a track and had I not picked up this piece of written material and read it, I would still be more comfortable in a bar or a bowling alley than in my wonderful church.

It took the lure of softball to move me close enough for that unknown Christian writer to beckon me into the Kingdom of God.


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c clemons03/19/09
Interesting article not sure your title is the best one. Since you went on a humourous path, I think I would have used one with a little amusement. The one paragraph could have been broken up a little to make the story flow a little better. Keep writing.
Emily Gibson03/22/09
This piece has potential that should not be overlooked. The Kingdom of God can even extend to the softball field. I think you can work with that metaphor in a humorous way and create a very meaningful story about how it led you within a preacher's reach.