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Why Is A Church Hosting a History Series on West Charlotte?

April 4, 2018

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Why is a church hosting a history series on West Charlotte? I think that’s a fair question. My quick answer is that I think more churches should be hosting history lessons on their communities. When you know your story, you can tell your story with better clarity and understanding. Also, I am motivated to host […]

The Church’s Response to Generational Poverty

March 5, 2018

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I’ve been doing a lot of reading, research, and writing for my doctoral program these days. One more semester to go before I start writing my dissertation in June. Normal routine is to finish my papers for school and then send them to Dara, my mom, and my dad with a similar message. “You are […]

A Celebration of Life (The One Year Anniversary of the Day My Friend Was Stabbed)

August 12, 2017

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“Please pray, we are in an ambulance and Dan has been stabbed.” August 12, 2016 was a pretty simple day. I looked at my calendar the night before and realized that I only had one meeting scheduled – lunch with my friend Darren – and the remainder of the day was simply getting final details […]

Recommended Reading / Generational Poverty, Race, Socioeconomics, Community Development, Ministry in High Poverty Communities.

May 9, 2017

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I’ve had several people ask me recently for a recommended reading list from the stuff I’m reading for my doctoral program on generational poverty. This is a wide ranging list of some of the books that have been the most impacting to me so far on this journey. If you have any questions, please feel […]

The Kingdom of God Has No Church Logo

January 30, 2017

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A great ill of the current contextual state of ministry today is what seems to be an insatiable desire for recognition. More and more, churches are drawing from best practices from the business field to implement strategies that will draw the most attention to their specific vision for the expansion of their own kingdom. I’m not […]

Becoming a Voice for the Poor and the Marginalized

January 27, 2017

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Author, professor, and poet Clint Smith was invited to give a presentation at a conference on the topic of engaging people across racial and socioeconomic lines. He gave a powerful four-minute talk titled, “The Danger of Silence.” He encouraged the audience to speak up against ignorance and injustice. He stated, “Explore the silence of your […]

4% of Kids Born Into Poverty in Charlotte Have a Chance of Ever Leaving Poverty.

January 27, 2017

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During the fall of 2016, I started a doctor of ministry program at Southeastern University in which I am focusing on the implications facing kids that are born into poverty. This was inspired by the heartbreaking statistic that was released recently that children that are born into poverty in Charlotte have a 4% chance of […]