Alan Loy McGinnis tells a story about a man who stood on the bank of Lake Michigan in despair. He was 32 years old, a college dropout and financially bankrupt. On the verge of throwing himself into the lake, he looked to the sky and a thought came to him: “You have no right to eliminate yourself. You do not belong to you. You belong to the universe.”

Gaining strength from this thought, he stood up to life and went back to invent the geodesic dome and enlisted more than 170 patents. He became known as a mathematician, architect and poet. The man’s name was Buckminster Fuller.

He was right. We all belong to the universe. Christians phrase it as “belonging to God.”


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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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