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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Totally Uncomfortable and Fully Alive

January 20, 2017

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I have never been more uncomfortable, and I have never felt more alive. As it turns out, God is using tension to show me something rather beautiful in the midst of brokenness. Two years ago, I got a call from my friend, Darren, which completely changed the trajectory of my life and ministry. Darren is a […]

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A Word From the Chairman of the Board at Center City Church

March 21, 2016

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On behalf of the Board of Directors of Center City Church, I want to express our sincere excitement and support of the newly signed lease at the Movement Center. This leads toward Center City Church renovating the warehouse space into a multiple purpose venue that will be home to both corporate worship gatherings and UrbanPromise […]

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