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Who I Was, Who I Am Becoming

November 3, 2018


I have a thing for ships. This is Edward Moran’s “Ship at Sea, Sunset” painting. Ships have been a prevailing metaphor for my journey of faith as I travel from who I was to who I am becoming. It is fascinating to me that the ship in this picture does not have a motor, depending […]

A Review of Isaiah 58:1-14 – God’s Heart for Equity and Justice

August 2, 2018


Introduction             Spiritual disciplines are practices that orient the heart and mind of followers of Christ to see past the distractions of our culture and uncover the heart of God.  Dallas Willard states, “Our plan for a life of growth in the life of the kingdom of God must be structured around disciplines for the […]

Religious Leaders & the Poor (Mark 12:38-13:2)

August 2, 2018


**This is an academic paper written for my Doctor of Ministry program at Southeastern University. The formatting is weird (bullet numbers, spacing, etc.) but my only desire is to give this an online home, with the hope that it may benefit some. God cares so deeply for the poor and marginalized, and he’s not nearly […]

The Church’s Response to Generational Poverty

March 5, 2018


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


“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


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


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 […]