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

A Day In The Life: 2 Worlds in Atlanta

By Dan Crain
ATLANTA – I really love what God has called us into. As many of you know, I am a pastor/trainer/neighbor, leading “the church” (people) into living a life of giving and receiving with everyone we interact with. Through joining, listening and living interdependently with residents of an at-risk community, I see the ways [...]

By |September 23rd, 2012|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

Are You a ‘Have’ or a ‘Have-Not’?

By Bill Behr
The story of Anders Breivik is very sad. The mass murderer admitted to killing innocent Norwegian men, women and teenagers in a bombing-and-shooting spree in 2011. He was recently sentenced to 21 years in prison.  What brought about this great tragedy?
He justified the 77 deaths, and more than 240 injured, as necessary to [...]

By |September 3rd, 2012|Concepts, News event|0 Comments

Saved From the Addiction to Change in People

By Dan Crain
ATLANTA – So I have been on this urban ministry journey for about 2½ years now – not long, but time enough to observe interesting things and to experience moments of pure joy, not to mention complete bewilderment and frustration.
I find it  discouraging when people into whose lives I pour myself make bad [...]

By |July 26th, 2012|Personal Stories|2 Comments

Theology of Place: Live, Worship, Play Together

By Bill Behr
I recently was honored to hear architectural/urban designer Mel McGowan speak at Summit Church.  McGowan, who describes himself as “a card-carrying member of the Supreme Architect’s fan club,” is the president of Visioneering Studios, the nation's leading designer of Christ-centered communities, specializing in architectural evangelism for churches and ministries.
He is the first architect [...]

By |July 21st, 2012|Concepts, Place|0 Comments