DESIRE TO SHARE

You might be interested in reading our behind-the-scenes thoughts, and learning more about the faith that makes us passionate about this ministry. If so, we’re delighted to share these inspirations and insights on the intersection of life, leaders and neighborhoods.

Welcome to our new site

Welcome to our new site

Thanks for dropping by our newly redesigned website! If you’re familiar with Desire Street, you might notice that we have a new logo—more about that in a future post—to go with the new site. With the growth of our coaching staff through the addition of our Legacy Coaches, we’ve been doing a lot of thinking and praying about what the future might hold and where the Lord is leading us for strategic impact. Our new look signals the coming of a new plan, but let me assure those of you who know us well that only our look has changed. We are the same ministry with the same vision and approach...

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Fear Not

Fear Not

Fear not! They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7 At the turn of the new year, many of us pause to reflect on our lives and the state of our surroundings. If you only read the headlines these days, it seems that you won’t find much good going on in the world. And when considering the polarized political landscape, racial tensions, resurgence of white supremacists, terror attacks, threats of nuclear war—and that’s just to name a few—it’s easy to lose hope. So perhaps after your recent perusal of life and the times we live in, you...

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Not There Yet

Not There Yet

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision not uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith expressing itself through love. Galatians 5:6 In society at large and even in Christian circles, negative profiles around race and gender still exist. I was struck by this reality this week after the owner of the Carolina Panthers stated he would sell his professional football team at the end of the season. Several people made initial overtures. One of those apparently interested was Sean Combs (aka P Diddy, aka Puff Daddy). He is a 48-year-old, African American...

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Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

To be completely honest, it is incredibly intimidating sitting on top of a mountain with a host of people who are giving their lives, and in some ways their families’ lives, to serve the poor. When you hear stories of what goes on in some of these neighborhoods, it tends to diminish the “first world problems” that tend to plague those of us who are not entrenched in the sobering work of the gospel 24/7/365. The incredible thing is that, once you gather up enough courage and allow God to temper the doubt to share what now seems insignificant, something very...

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Fathers and Mothers Wanted

Fathers and Mothers Wanted

As I reflect today about the ongoing violence, incivility and harshness from the alleys to the mansions in this country, I am reminded of a biblical truth in the New Testament. The Apostle says you have many mentors, but you only have a few fathers. (1 Cor 4:15) This is a fascinating statement because mentors, coaches, instructors, teachers, counselors -- all play an invaluable role in our lives -- but not that of spiritual father or spiritual mother. Fathers (and mothers) are people who engage us in such a depthful realm of truth, grace, authenticity, substance, honesty, skill,...

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Last time you thought about your neighbors?

The mission statement for DSM is “to love our neighbor by revitalizing impoverished neighborhoods through spiritual and community development.” The word from this that has been on my mind over the last few months is the word “neighbor.” What and who is my neighbor? How am I supposed to interact with my neighbor? What if I don’t like my neighbor? These questions and more have rattled around in my brain and have been showing up in different arenas of my life lately. I recently looked up the definition of the word “neighbor,” and realized something that many of us probably know, but don’t...

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Good Friday Morning

Good Friday Morning

Good Friday morning to you! I hope that, in the busyness of our everyday lives, you will be able to find a little quiet time over this holiday weekend to reflect on Easter and its meaning. The fact that we worship a living Savior who was stronger than the grave — has implications not only for eternity past and future, but also in how we approach everyday life in the world today. I am reminded of Hebrews 13:8 which says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Particularly in the fast-paced, ever-changing world of urban ministry, as well as in light of current events in...

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What’s that you say?

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts" Heb. 3:15 At Desire Street, we've been thinking lately about authentic relationships, and about really "connecting" with God and with each other. The Lord gave me an object lesson in this not long ago when I accidentally dropped my phone into a “bowl” of water. (Let’s just leave that as is, okay?) I immediately dried the device off, used a blow dryer on low heat for a minute, and then rested my line of communication to the world in a bowl of rice. A few hours later, I was thrilled to see that my phone seemed to work but it was...

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Super Bowl Thoughts and…

I am not a football fan, nor do I know a lot about football; however, years of it playing on the TV screen as my father has faithfully watched it through the years has taught me the basics. I was so excited for my Dad after the playoffs this year because his team, which has traditionally not done so well through the years, made it to the 51st Super Bowl! Our church family had a Super Bowl party at the church, complete with big screens, food, and fellowship. I called my Dad on the way to the party and he was anxiously awaiting the start of the game...coffee and a heated blanket, with a...

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Every day Advent

Violence. Hate. Anger. Injustice. From the election to our streets, these themes seem to prevail. Recently, I’ve been asked by people – What can I do? I feel a burden that there is so much wrong in the world, and that I need to do something. Protest? Start a campaign? Shelter my kids away from the world in my house? My response to them is this, “There may be something that God is calling you to do specifically to show the love of God through these times.  The challenge is you need to wait to hear the voice of the Shepherd leading you.” “The rush and pressure of modern life are a form,...

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