“Poverty” isn’t always about dollar signs.

Brian Flores was fired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins at the end of the season. He was still a hot commodity and was lined up to interview with several teams who had vacancies. Now, he has filed suit against the NFL for what goes unsaid but gets practiced all the time: The NFLContinue reading ““Poverty” isn’t always about dollar signs.”

We fear what we don’t know

It is so easy to pick on immigrants from a majority white congressional district. It is so easy to blame “the other” when you’ve never sat down with someone “in opposition” to you and had an actual conversation. These are the challenges… and too often we are not up to these challenges. (And social mediaContinue reading “We fear what we don’t know”

Book Review: I See You by Terence Lester

“Privilege has a way of blinding us to the realities faced by those society has made invisible, and in true incarnational fashion, Terence takes us with him on a journey to uncover the true experiences of our most vulnerable neighbors.” (Chad Wright-Pittman)

Confronting our misconceptions about “the poor”

We may have heard these generalizations about the poor, or held them ourselves. (Or, still hold them.) — They are lazy and uneducated.— They chose to be poor. They could pick themselves up by their bootstraps and get out of it if they really wanted. — The poor are the government’s responsibility. — It’s theirContinue reading “Confronting our misconceptions about “the poor””

Dealing with issues of poverty and broken systems

A couple of weeks ago the president raised the issue of immigration and where immigrants should come from in a meeting with Congressional leaders. What was just plain silly was the talk about his use of a particular word. It missed an entire conversation that needed to happen… but what am I thinking? We’re Americans! We’re good at avoidingContinue reading “Dealing with issues of poverty and broken systems”

Heartbreaking Headlines

Just perusing headlines on a news site reveals the incredible polarization of our world and wealth. One headline said this: “Couple in China ‘sell’ their daughter for an iPhone.” A couple of headlines down was this: “HSBC unit ordered to pay about $2.46B in lawsuit.” The vast differences between “worlds” pricks my heart and causesContinue reading “Heartbreaking Headlines”

Feed My Starving Children

Our church youth and adults participated in something incredible last night. Feed My Starving Children is an organization that packages food to send to the neediest places on earth. They get the food to organizations on the ground and let those organizations distribute meals to kids who get no other chance to eat something nutritious.Continue reading “Feed My Starving Children”