Personal Stories

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

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

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

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

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