Personal Stories

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

More Like Heaven

By Phil Hissom

A while back we went around Palms Trailer Park in Orlando and asked, "How could this place be more like heaven?" The number one answer by far was, "When people drive by, they'd see kids playing." The Palms is well known for lots of things but kids playing is not one of them. The [...]

By |July 24th, 2013|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

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

Johnny Cash Walked the Line on Forgiveness

By Michael Joe Murphy
Forgiveness and redemption compel my thoughts since I read  “House of Cash: The Legacies of My Father, Johnny Cash,” by his son, John Carter Cash.
Country music’s greatest outlaw was a man of steadfast faith, hungry for spiritual wisdom throughout his life.
Well-known were his friendship with evangelist Billy Graham, his love for Scriptures, [...]

By |June 13th, 2013|News event, 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

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

What Feeds Your Soul?

By Dan Crain

ATLANTA – February 1, 2004, was a game-changer. That day, God asked me to step down from ministry.

It was my first ministry experience, and it ended badly. Without delving into details, three pastors resigned from the church. The resignation letters were read from the pulpit that Sunday morning.

I was one of three.

I vividly [...]

By |March 19th, 2013|Personal Stories, Uncategorized|1 Comment

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

Looked over

By Dan Crain

ATLANTA – There are many people in our culture who do not have the same opportunities and platforms to speak that others enjoy. Yet God has given goodness and talents to everyone.

I love it when people who often times are  “overlooked” by the world help mold and shape me as a person.

For example, [...]

By |October 30th, 2012|Personal Stories|0 Comments