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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 […]

Defining Poverty (Generational / Situational)

January 27, 2017

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Dr. Ruby Payne wrote her seminal work on poverty in a book called A Framework for Understanding Poverty. In this classic work, she gives a working definition that brings clarity to two different types of poverty: generational and situational. She states, “Generational poverty and situational poverty are different. Generational poverty is defined as being in […]

Reading List: Books that have helped me explore racial & socioeconomic division.

January 23, 2017

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Since I started studying the topic of generational poverty, and the implication on kids that are born into poverty, there have been several books that have really helped me explore on a deeper level. This isn’t an endorsement of every part of every book, but I have found something helpful about each book. For a […]

Is God Biased Toward the Poor?

January 23, 2017

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The Scriptures are full of stories about God’s heart for the poor. Does this mean, however, that God shows favoritism to those that are in poverty? Ronald Sider posits that while God has equal love for all people, he is not neutral in his passionate advocacy for those that are poor. He states, “God, however, […]