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You Cannot Die Without Dignity

My girlfriend moved in with Chris in the fall of 1999. Chris was dying of cancer. And she decided to live out her days at home. In addition to the nursing care that she was receiving, she wanted the regular company of someone she knew well that could also help her take care of day-to-day […]

By |October 24th, 2014|Concepts, People, Personal Stories|0 Comments

How the Church’s Charity Became Toxic

The Church’s charity became toxic through a fundamental misunderstanding of the world’s most famous story about helping others – the “Parable of the Good Samaritan.” The prevailing summary of the story recorded in Luke 10:25-37 is “be helpful to people in need, like the Good Samaritan.” While the parable does teach that, this is absolutely […]

By |October 8th, 2014|Concepts, Intro|0 Comments

For Me, It’s Personal

By Dan Crain
ATLANTA – God’s story in ours. God is writing a story upon our lives, which ultimately reveals His glory, through our hands, heart and feet, to give hope, love, opportunity and purpose – in other words, dignity.
So I was humbled when a young woman told me, “Thank you so much for sharing about […]

By |May 12th, 2014|Concepts, How to..., People, Personal Stories, Structures|0 Comments

Should You Give Money to Panhandlers? ‘Mouthwash Dave’ Offers Lesson

 
 
By Michael Joe Murphy
“Mouthwash Dave” didn’t earn his nickname because he sought to enhance his oral hygiene.
Dave panhandled on the streets of Orlando, politely asking the kindhearted, one at a time, for 25 cents. When he’d collect four quarters, he’d make a beehive to the nearest Dollar Store to buy a big jug of mouthwash.
He […]

By |March 27th, 2014|Commitment, How to..., Personal Stories, Structures|0 Comments

When We Lose Our Capacity to Receive …

By Dan Crain
ATLANTA – In 2004 I went through a very bad experience with a church, and for the next few years I struggled through my insecurities about my broken ties with this church. I was an empty person who had found my sense of belonging and acceptance as a pastor. I thought I could […]

By |March 24th, 2014|Personal Stories|0 Comments

Celebrating the Possible

Is it possible for a stadium redevelopment project to truly benefit the urban neighborhood in which it resides? This question is burning in the hearts and minds of residents who live near Orlando Florida’s Citrus Bowl.

In 2013, hundreds of them participated in a survey that assessed their interest in being a part of the next […]

By |March 18th, 2014|News event, Videos|0 Comments

Sitting With the ‘Other’

By Dan Crain
ATLANTA – My life has been richly blessed by sitting and learning from the “other.”
Who is an “other”? I define it as a person from a different background or culture or race. A person who has a different way of seeing the world, sometimes with priorities that we don’t share.
In some contexts I […]

By |January 27th, 2014|Concepts, Personal Stories|0 Comments

Community Life

May not accept it but our physique is weak.
With a soul thats bleak controlled by a mind thats weak.
All in all its the completeness that we seek.
But by ourselves its of completeness that we leak.
May not accept it but our physique is weak.
With a soul thats bleak controlled by a mind thats weak.
All in all […]

By |January 14th, 2014|Personal Stories|0 Comments

People Are More Important Than Change

By Dan Crain
ATLANTA – Loving people is very hard at times. I love my family dearly, but it can be very difficult.
We are called to love people with the hope that they will change. But, if I am honest with myself, sometimes I love people to change them.
When people don’t change, I sometimes grow frustrated.  […]

By |January 11th, 2014|Change, Concepts, People, Personal Stories|0 Comments

Socks for the Sole, Listening for the Soul

By Michael Joe Murphy

Stockings hung by the chimney with care … they’re not likely waiting for men, women and children who live on the streets. But gifts of clean, white socks provide comfort and warmth for the tired feet of the homeless who pound the pavement to get to anywhere they need to go.

Thank you, Scott […]

By |December 25th, 2013|Concepts, How to..., People, Personal Stories, Videos|0 Comments