Resources to learn more

How does an under-resourced neighborhood go from struggle to success, from despair to dignity? The path takes different twists and turns in each neighborhood, but learning from and sharing resources with others experienced in spiritual and community development is a good place to start. We invite you to learn more about Desire Street and our ministry through the links and lists below.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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Upside down and backwards

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.89″ background_layout=”light”] 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,

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Suggested Reading

10 Ways to Be a Better Neighbor 
Becca Stanley

A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life
Parker J. Palmer

Catherine of Siena: Passion for the Truth‐‐Compassion for Humanity
Mary O’Driscoll

Disunity in Christ
Christena Cleveland

Divided by Faith
Emerson & Smith

Emotional Intelligence
Daniel Goleman

Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African‐American Experience
Carl F. Ellis, Jr.

Generous Justice
Timothy Keller

In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership
Henri Nouwen

Jesus and the Disinherited
Howard Thurman

Justice, Mercy and Humility: Integral mission and the poor
Edited by Tim Chester with contributions from C. Rene

Kai’Ro: The Journey of an Urban Pilgrim
Ben Sciacca

Justice, Mercy and Humility: Integral Mission and the Poor
Padilla, Tom Sine, and Elaine Storkey

Let Justice Roll Down
Dr. John M. Perkins

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Parker J. Palmer

Meals from Mars: A Parable of Prejudice and Providence
Ben Sciacca

Mere Christianity
C. S. Lewis

Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life
Phileena Heuertz and Phyllis Tickle

Prophetic Lament
Soong Chan Rah

Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat‐Up, and Burnt Out
Brennan Manning

The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning
Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham

The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
Os Guinness

The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God
Dallas Willard

The Briarpatch Gospel: Fearlessly Following Jesus into the Thorny Places
Shayne Wheeler

The Color of Compromise
Jemar Tisby

The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith
Marcus J. Borg

The Invisible Hand: Do All Things Really Work for Good
R. C. Sproul

The Provocative Church
Dr. Graham Tomlin

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming
Henri J. M. Nouwen

The Way of the Heart
Henri J. M. Nouwen

Thriving City Blocks
Nate Ledbetter

Under Our Skin
Benjamin Watson

Up from Slavery
Booker T. Washington

White Awake
Daniel Hill

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