With Liberty And Justice For Some

With Liberty and Justice for Some

As I sat on a grassy hill overlooking the Cumberland River, observing the annual Independence Day fireworks and their reflection on the still water, I thought about what we as Americans celebrate on this day. What do the fireworks and…

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Help Stand In The Gap

Help Stand in the Gap

“To tolerate injustice and descend into apathy is to dissolve the bonds that are the formation of our community.” I read this quote from students at the University of Virginia in a news article recently, and it really struck a…

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Asking, “Why?”

Asking, “Why?”

Earlier this week, a junior high youth group visited Nashville on their summer mission trip. Samuel and I led them around the city that morning, teaching and discussing with them the issues surrounding homelessness and poverty in Nashville. In the afternoon, we split the group in two; half learned about resource shelters and assembled hygiene kits, while the other half learned about our housing campaign and assembled Welcome Home kits.

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Mother’s Day On The Streets

Mother’s Day on the Streets

In honor of Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, I want to tell you about a mother I’ve spent a lot of time with in recent months and who has often occupied my thoughts and become dear to me. I met her –– we’ll call her Jennifer, in late January. I answered my phone one afternoon while preparing for an Emergency Winter Shelter and heard a frantic voice on the other end of the line. She had just been released from a psychiatric unit and a nurse had given her my number. She burst into a tearful explanation of her situation –– living in a car, 6 year old son, car towed, severe mental health issues, no money, nowhere to go, no one willing to help. The Women’s Rescue Mission is the only shelter that will accept mothers with children, but it was full, and Jennifer’s combination of paranoia and anxiety left her unable to access those services.

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The Big Payback

The Big Payback

The Big Payback is taking place during a 24-hour span between 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6 and 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7.

What is it? Think of it as a citywide competition where everyone who participates wins.

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