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Thoughts and Blogs

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.

What am I thankful for?

What am I thankful for?

It’s Thanksgiving, and I have much to be thankful for. If we think about it, we all do. For one thing, we’re blessed to have a national day of Thanksgiving. There are only a handful of countries in the world that do. In the U.S., many things have taken over the holiday season that Thanksgiving kicks off. In fact, those things have leapfrogged Thanksgiving. One store I know of put up both Halloween and Christmas decorations at the same time on different aisles. Has Thanksgiving become just a shopping aisle to you? It’s up to us to observe the true meaning of the holiday, and I hope you...

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Hold on to Hope

Hold on to Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 13:11 ESV As we move into Thanksgiving and Advent season we are gifted with fresh opportunities to analyze our hopes. As we look out the windows of our lives we sometimes encounter seemingly hopeless situations. At times there are health issues or relational issues that appear impossible to resolve. Other times it is the global strife around us that can feel daunting. Finding hope and holding on to it can be a challenge. Christians, despite all of...

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Who sinned?

Who sinned?

“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?” – John 9:2 (ESV)   Jesus’s disciples, upon seeing a man in his broken condition, want to know who is responsible for what has happened to him. Had the man failed personally? Perhaps his parents made some bad decisions that impacted his life. In either case, the man’s blindness, in their view, is due to some indiscretion or lack of responsibility.   Jesus answers their query by stating, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works...

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Today: two choices

Today: two choices

“And he was saying, 'Jesus, remember me when You come in Your Kingdom!' And He said to him, 'Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.'" (Luke 23:42-43) This passage is taken from the account of the crucifixion of Jesus. There were two crooks who were crucified with him. One crook mocked Jesus, the other crook praised Jesus. In this life, we experience so many things that are crooked, bent or slanted. Situations of injustice or indifference. We eventually confront bent places in our own heart. None of us yearns to confront the “criminality" in our own soul, but sooner or...

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Love, Listen, Lament, Life

Love, Listen, Lament, Life

Today I'm delighted to introduce you to a new member of our staff, Ben Sciacca. Ben is our Director of Leadership Development and joins our coaching team in helping leaders survive and thrive. He comes with a wealth of experience, wisdom, and skills--one being that he is a published author! I hope you enjoy his blog. Then you might want to check out Ben's book, Meals from Mars: A Parable of Prejudice and Providence. It's a compelling read, food for reflection, and conversation starter. Includes discussion questions great for small groups and families. God bless, Danny Wuerffel  ...

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Hope and Help

Hope and Help

Romans 12:6 instructs us that "in His grace God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well." Then the apostle Paul begins to state a category of specific gifts any of us might have. I do not believe this list is exhaustive, but rather for expediency sake, Paul concluded this narrative over the next several verses. It is interesting to note that, in this particular passage, Paul underscores gifts that frequently express themselves in what is often termed as “Social Capital.” One way to define social capital is when one person (capital) uses their influence, friendship,...

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Upside down and backwards

Upside down and backwards

As we were preparing for Communion last Sunday at church, I was overcome with a strong sense of both sorrow and joy reflecting on the broken body and shed blood of Christ—in particular, the upside down, backwards way that Christ “wins” through losing. He exerts his power by relinquishing it, making himself vulnerable, and somehow it is through “his wounds we are healed.” Lost in contemplation, I was startled when my wife poked me in the arm and began to say something. My immediate thought was, “What could possibly be important enough to interrupt this sacred moment?” Well,...

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What’s in a logo?

What’s in a logo?

What’s in a logo? The intersection of lives, leaders and neighborhoods. Those who have followed the journey that God has had Desire Street Ministries on the past 27 years might agree that His hand has been steady on His work through the people, despite literal and figurative storms, as well as His shifting plans for how to use this ministry best for His glory. Part of that journey has been the look of Desire Street through the logo. Our prior logo was an iconic representation of the origins of the ministry in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Desire Street Academy was...

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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 Lead 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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