SOCIAL JUSTICE


4-Year-Old Gives Sandwiches and Love To Homeless [VIDEO]

Delivering chicken sandwiches to the homeless is “just the right thing to do,” said 4-year-old Austin Perine of Birmingham, Alabama, in a video interview with a CBS Evening News reporter that’s gone viral. Austin, who dresses up with a super hero cape for his weekly rounds among the homeless, tells each person, “don’t forget to show love” after he gives out a sandwich. When Austin first learned that people were homeless,...

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Human Trafficking: Churches Must Move Beyond Awareness

Although the Church excels in bringing awareness to the gravity of human trafficking it must do a better job of mobilizing people to strategically fight the problem, said author and social justice advocate Danielle Strickland recently. “I think the commodification of human beings is one of the gravest and most intense issues of our time,” Strickland told TogetherLA (VIDEO BELOW) before she spoke on stage at Catalyst West in Irvine...

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City Transformation and Social Justice Start With Dangerous Good

The model for positive transformation taking place in a city has already been provided by Jesus and a movement of “dangerous good.” The belief that issues such as violent crime, homelessness, dissolved families, and the abuse of women can be resolved by simply providing more of the commonly applied tactics falls woefully short of what a movement of men led by the Holy Spirit can accomplish, author and men’s ministry...

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Jesus and Politics: The Congressional Race That Could Have Been

LOS ANGELES — Within just days of each other’s announcements, two women who are unified in their proclamations of Jesus as their savior but are opposites when it comes to political party affiliation recently dropped out of a congressional race for a southern Los Angeles District. Had the race continued, the ensuing battle between the two could have clearly reflected the current divide that’s visible not only in the nation...

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Broocks: Greatest Social Justice Endeavor is Preaching the Gospel

Of course, all Christians know about the importance of evangelism, and many books have been written to discuss the need for more evangelism and how to go about the work. The Human Right: To Know Jesus Christ and to Make Him Known takes it up a notch. Author Rice Broocks describes preaching the gospel as the greatest justice issue. Failure to bring the good news to the lost constitutes the...

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Advocacy For Foster Children Grows From Possum Trot to Orange County

Bishop W.C. Martin, the man who led members of his small country church in Possom Trot, Texas, to collectively adopt 76 foster children, said he believes the Zero by 2020 initiative launched in Orange County, California, will lead to a national movement. Zero by 2020 is a collaborative initiative of Christian churches in Orange County with the goal of finding a family for every child in Orange County by 2020...

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Empowering Urban Leaders to Go and Make Disciples

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. — Matthew 28:19-20 Post Resurrection we read the story of Jesus speaking to his disciples. Many doubted that he had actually...

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My Heart is Breaking, My Blood is Boiling

My heart is breaking for the families of those murdered yesterday (2/14/18) by Nikolas Cruz in Parkland, Florida. Inner character was expressed in murderous conduct. A person — not policy or politics — committed this atrocity. In our pain, sadness and anger we lash out over events like this we can’t control by grabbing the nearest source to blame. We react. We go through a ritual of talking about gun control...

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Digging a Well in the Desert; Social Justice as Spiritual Sustenance

I moved to Southern California about two and a half years ago to begin my seminary journey, during the worst drought on record. The rich California soil was all dried up, raging waterfalls were reduced to a trickle, and massive 100-year-old trees were dying from the inside out due to lack of water and nutrients to defend against bark beetles. Water that used to fall from the heavens to replenish...

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The Church: How Have We Advanced the Dream?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made a profound statement some 50 plus years ago about Sunday morning at 11am being the most segregated time of the week. That statement was the launching site of the gathering that took place last Saturday (1/20) at Chosen Generation Fellowship Church in Long Beach. We asked the question: How have we advanced the dream since the Civil Rights movement? A very diverse panel of pastors,...

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