Concepts

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

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

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

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

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

A Trip to the Zoo

By Dan Crain

The evangelical church is waking up to the needs of the poor, and this is a very promising change. Since the early 1900s, during what church historians call the “Great Reversal,” mainline conservative churches have been wary of substantial involvement with the poor, or “getting their hands dirty.”

The Great Reversal was a pivotal [...]

By |November 25th, 2012|Concepts, Personal Stories|0 Comments

Needing Others Well

By Dan Crain

ATLANTA -- Scripture is clear: We need to lead honest and vulnerable lives in community, to confess our needs and to bear our burdens together. Yet how do we live out that command without “getting messy”? Or what if we don’t follow His command at all?

As Americans, we like to project an image of [...]

By |September 12th, 2012|Concepts, Personal Stories|1 Comment