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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

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

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

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

God Is An Urban Developer

 
By Michael Joe Murphy
The vision of Isaiah 65:21, "They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit,” reminds me of my friend Frank.
Frank – not his real name – is so proud of his home. He owns it (well, he’s paying a mortgage).
Frank, a prayerful man, was told [...]

By |May 31st, 2013|How to..., People, Personal Stories, Place, Structures|2 Comments

Smart Aid: Asking Good Questions When Supporting A Cause

By Rebecca Lujan Loveless
If you know me at all, you will not be surprised that I am consistently tweeting, facebooking, blogging or just talking loudly in public about practices that might seem good on the surface but, when the curtain is pulled back, reveal something other.  This blog post is about that.
If you're anything like [...]

By |June 10th, 2012|Assets, Concepts, How to..., Videos|0 Comments

Our Past Does Not Dictate Our Future in Christ

By Bill Behr

We all have developed beliefs about ourselves. Those beliefs have been shaped by our experiences, the happy and sad events in our lives, what we have heard others say (whether true or false) and what we have learned.

We ultimately decide which beliefs to adopt as part of our identity (whether good or bad), [...]

By |April 23rd, 2012|How to..., Personal Stories|0 Comments