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

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