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Journey Newsletter

Want an update on the lives impacted through Desire Street in 2017? Our spring 2018 Journey newsletter will tell you that, and give you insight into how the Bible’s Good News heals your heart and provides hope for under-resourced neighborhoods. Just click and enjoy!

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.

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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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

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,...

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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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