And_you_call_yourself_a_christianQuick book recommendation:  And You Call Yourself A Christian by Robert Lupton.  It was given to me by Kirsten Strand a Community Christian Church staff member who oversees our Community 4:12 Ministry and this quick 93 page read is well worth it.  Lupton makes the point that what seems like kindness can actually debilitate. He draws on his 34 years of front line urban ministry experience and explains how to engage in responsible compassion. The best stuff was his explanation about how he and his ministry shifted their focus from personal betterment to personal development, then from community betterment to community development. If you are interested in getting the book I don’t think you will find it on Amazon.com, so click here.

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