Category: Community Life

  • Prayer and Umbrellas

    Prayer and Umbrellas

    [Part 6: After a brief break while transitioning, I’ve resumed the narrative of God’s calling me into counseling in an urban setting as part of a health care team. The first five parts covered June 2010 through October 2012. This entry takes us up to November 2012. Six or seven more installments, and the story…

  • Money Makes Good Insulation

    First, before reading any further, make a list of the top three things you struggle with as a Christian. *** I used to have a great view of the back lot of our block.  In the center is a little island of wild grass where a few abandoned cars sit tiredly, waiting to rust into…

  • Kyrie Eleison, Trayvon Martin

    Kyrie eleison. In thinking about Trayvon Martin’s case, I’ve been reflecting on the many facebook posts expressing diverse sentiments including anger, relief, and sadness over the verdict. Let’s be transparent here. There are instances when a young black teenager in a hoodie will startle, if not terrify, me. In fact, I am often scared to…

  • Bang

    Bang

    You can take me out the hood, but can’t take the hood out me Cause I’m ghetto. 50 cent, LB, & TY *BANG* I froze and my heart went racing. Time stops during an adrenaline rush, but a moment later I started to figure out what was happening. First, I realized that I had instinctively…

  • Some Answers

    Some Answers

    In the midst of waiting and entrusting God with my impossibly confusing mess of puzzle pieces, I started noticing what God had been up from June 2011 through October 2012. During these 15 months, He had opened up a close friendship with a medical ministry area director and his wife, which naturally led to me…

  • Wait for Love Himself

    Wait for Love Himself

    [Part 4…] Lest I veer towards an overly rosy view of my growth in Christ over the past couple years of journeying towards healthcare in an inner city context, I have visual reminders of my wilderness experience, including this picture. It was early April 2012, and I was down to five part-time jobs—two counseling-related and…