What if it Were Your Son?

What if you were the Brown family?  What if your son, who was preparing to leave home and start his college career, was approached by police for either jay walking or stealing cigars from a store (we don’t actually know why he was approached but these are the possibilities out there)?  A simple, granted stupid […]

First week Fast-Without Exception

Mark Charles Navajo Nation The other day I observed a Twitter exchange between Pope Francis and Miroslav Volf. Pope Francis (‏@Pontifex) Tweeted: “God does not reveal himself in strength or power, but in the weakness and fragility of a newborn babe.” To which Miroslav Volf (‏@MiroslavVolf) replied: “@Pontifex How true! And yet the babe grew […]

First week Fast-Children of the New Jim Crow

Shawn Casselberry Mission Year Every Saturday morning, youth from the west side of Chicago are provided a safe place to reflect, create, and express themselves through drums. Started as a ministry of support for children and families with incarcerated loved ones, our community drumline has become a secondary family for many in the North Lawndale […]

First Week Fast-“Black Men and Incarceration”

Dr. Damone B. Jones, Sr. Senior Pastor/Bible Way Baptist Church, Philadelphia Member/Board of Trustees, Philadelphia Prison System As a minister serving in urban Philadelphia, I have on many occasions visited prisons both in Philadelphia County as well as throughout the Pennsylvania Correctional System. I have visited inmates individually and participated in worship services and Bible […]

First Week Fast- Falling Skies

Helen Lee Author, The Missional Mom Facebook users recently saw the meme “Top 10 Books That Have Stayed With You” flash around the network, as friends posted their lists of most memorable reads through the years. When my turn came, I cleared my mind, closed my eyes, and noted the titles that floated to my […]

First Week Fast- Why I don't know any prostitutes

Sarah Lance Sari Bari I am not a big fan of labels. Of easy words that make it possible to classify and categorize people into the good ones, the bad ones, and the one’s that we like and the one’s that are harder to like because we find them different. Labels to me to seem […]

First Week Fast-Except You Become as Children

Donna Barber The Paladin Youth Development Group If you spend any time observing young children at play, it quickly becomes apparent that children perceive with the mind and heart – seeing the invisible, responding to the inaudible, feeling the intangible. They are not limited in their thinking by the shoulds and should nots, not consumed […]

First week fast-Vulnerability, Children and the Image of God

David Chronic Word Made Flesh, Romania For the past 17 years, we have been building relationships with children living on the streets, children abandoned with HIV, children with disabilities, and children at risk of being trafficked. Our hope and prayer is that these vulnerable children will have a better future. But often, it is the […]

First Week Fast-I played Miniature Golf

Jim Wehner FCS Urban Ministries “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one, Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 NIV I love this Scripture. It shows so plainly what Jesus values […]

Quack

I am still amazed by the things I miss happening around us. My wife and daughter will tell you, I am often clueless. I confess that, before two days ago, I didn’t know what Duck Dynasty was or knew any of the people involved on the show. I was, however, against my will, forced to […]