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Visionaries Documentary

The Visionaries documentary series has produced a segment on under-resourced neighborhoods featuring Desire Street. Click to read more.

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.

Why rest?

Why rest?

We’re coming up on Labor Day next Monday. The 19th-century labor movement came up with the concept, and it became a U.S. federal holiday in 1894. Most workers have the day off. There's a similar concept in the Bible: the Sabbath. In fact, it's one of the "Big 10"—commandments given to the Israelites by God through Moses. Back then they were an agricultural society who had to work by the sweat of their brow to get food. The commandment provided much-needed physical rest for their bodies. It was also to be a delight to their soul as they were to use the time to worship God, rest and...

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Thoughts at the Intersection

Thoughts at the Intersection

As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, like many others, I often contemplate how God most desires to use my life and witness for his glory. He clearly calls me to love him (Deut 6:5), to love my neighbors (Matt 22:39), and to make disciples (Matt 28:19). In loving our neighbors, the faith walks of followers of Jesus includes both sharing the gospel, and also actions of advocating justice for the widows, orphans and oppressed, and also caring for those affected by injustice. So what is the call to justice and servanthood to the vulnerable among us, particularly those in...

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Five Years

Five Years

Five years. That’s the maximum amount of time that most leaders last when serving in under-resourced communities. That’s not very long. Living in poverty is hard enough, but trying to reverse poverty and all of the other challenges that come with it can feel literally overwhelming. Harvard professor, Dr. Robert Sampson, has studied communities that are densely populated with extreme poverty and uncovered a phenomenon called “compounded deprivation.” He has discovered that poverty is essentially a strong magnet for other forms of deprivation. Families who are poor and who live in poor...

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Stripes and Scars

Stripes and Scars

"he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5 It’s Good Friday and I’m thinking about Christ’s horrific death on the cross. Jesus, in my place and perhaps yours, was whipped until his skin bore striped lines of raw meat. He was beaten until his face was unrecognizable. The One who held the glory of heaven, willingly left all that to spend 33 years as a human. He died in humiliation, taunted, spat upon, abandoned by family, friends and even God. He endured the most...

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Out of the Pit

Out of the Pit

“I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1-3 (ESV) At some point in time all of us fall into pits. These seasons of life are characterized by darkness, depression, discouragement, and disillusionment. Sometimes we are suddenly cast headlong into these pits by a death or immense tragedy. Other times we find ourselves lost...

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Take a Walk With Ben and Benjamin

Take a Walk With Ben and Benjamin

This coming year, we're going to dig a little deeper and share several perspectives on the meaning of our tagline ... Desire Street Ministries: the intersection of lives, leaders and neighborhoods. If you follow along, it may feel like you're going on a journey, visiting faraway places that may actually be located only a short drive away. You see, at Desire Street, in striving toward revitalized neighborhoods, we have a vision that includes both the present and the future. The here and the hereafter. We see that both spiritual and community development are needed in order to start a...

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Busy Intersection

Busy Intersection

Cities are enormous matrixes of communities, systems, organizations, and lives. The complexities of all of these things are mind-blowing if you stop to think about it. There are cars, trains, buses, emergency response vehicles, trucks pulling freight, pedestrians, and cyclists. In addition, cities are full of buildings with individuals and organizations that immerse themselves in commerce, politics, education, medicine, food, recreation, and spirituality. Almost all of these different components and people intersect with one another on a daily basis. There are exchanges of money, ideas,...

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Just Believe

Just Believe

I was busy doing odds and ends around the house one evening a few weeks ago while the holiday version of the Deal or No Deal game show was on TV. I would stop and watch snippets between tasks, and was so touched by the story of one contestant. He and his brother had been adopted as young boys by his brother’s third grade teacher after a long season in foster care. Mother, brother, and the contestant’s wife were all there to support him on the game show. As the game progressed, the contestant became fully convinced that his case held $750,000. At times, I held my own breath as he passed up...

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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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