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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

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

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|1 Comment

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

Do You Want to Get Well? The Art of Listening

By Dan Crain
ATLANTA – I’ve always been intrigued by John 5. It’s the story in which Jesus questions an invalid who had waited 38 years to be healed at the pool of Bethesda.
When the healing waters stirred, it was believed that the first person in the pool would undergo miraculous healing.
I imagine the thoughts that [...]

By |November 14th, 2013|Concepts, How to..., Personal Stories|0 Comments

I Stopped Going to Church

By Dan Crain
ATLANTA – Recently I had a conversation with a neighbor who lives on the streets in our community. I invited my friend to our church’s Sunday morning service.
He informed me that he had stopped going to church six years ago. He had grown weary of the politics and people looking down on him. [...]

By |November 6th, 2013|Personal Stories|0 Comments

My Way Is Best: Learn, Listen, Join

By Dan Crain
ATLANTA – When I interned with Focused Community Strategies (FCS Urban Ministries) five years ago, I remember going to the local YMCA to play ball, and I realized I was the only light-skinned person in the gym.  I loved it.
Today, in our community in South Atlanta, my family is, without exception, the minority.
I [...]

By |July 29th, 2013|How to..., Personal Stories|1 Comment

Sit Through the Pain With Me: A Path to Racial Reconciliation

By Dan Crain 
ATLANTA – Every day we deal with false motives and people with agendas in our urban ministry. One of the most painful realities we deal with is racism. As I facilitate Dignity Serves training, which deals with the best ways of serving one another, we run smack up against unjust structures in our [...]

By |July 5th, 2013|Concepts, How to..., Personal Stories|0 Comments

Affirming the Dignity in Others

By Dan Crain
ATLANTA – Three and a half years ago, when I first started to intern with Polis, a 180-degree paradigm shift transformed my culture of service toward people in need. At this time, I was privileged to lead a Bible study at a ministry for people on the streets.
One of the principles we try [...]

By |June 13th, 2013|How to..., People, Personal Stories|1 Comment

Now This Is an Easter Dinner

By Dan and Adrienne Crain

ATLANTA – We love Easter. As followers of Jesus, we love all that it represents. The bunny. The chocolate. The ham.  And spring outfits are nice, but what we love about Easter is the Resurrection.

Resurrection means new creation. New creation means new birth. It means the old is now done away [...]

By |April 13th, 2013|Personal Stories|0 Comments