“I begged your disciples to cast out the spirit, but they couldn’t do it.” (Luke 9:40 NLT)
The disciples had plenty of great experiences to boast about. They were in the inner circle. They had been hanging out with one of Israel’s most popular rabbis. But on this day, they were powerless. They had religious solutions to offer, but this man wanted just one simple thing… “Can you just heal my boy?”
Sometimes we have a ton of great answers to offer, but no one is asking the right questions. Broken people are the worst. They never quite understand the importance of our religious ceremonies, liturgies, and traditions. They don’t seem to care about our denominational structures, our political schemes, and our battles over buildings and secondary doctrines.
Instead, they have the nerve to ask questions about their enormous, real life struggles. From their point of pain, they seem to ignore our list of programs and ask questions like… Can you heal my boy? Can you help my marriage? Can you help me stop looking at pornography? Can you help me find forgiveness for my abuser?
Maybe we should start answering different questions.
Photo By Christian Haugen
I met “Tre9” on a trip to Houston back in the fall and we’ve communicated now and then about ministry. He has an awesome ministry not only to homeless people, but Hip Hop Hope, which uses Hip Hop, rap, and dance to reach out to the inner city of Houston with the gospel.
They also love homeless people, and there are 10,000 in Houston waiting to be fed. So Bobby (Tre9) and Amanda go downtown each night to the Fifth Ward to feed them – that is, until the police showed up with a city official and asked them to stop. Here’s the letter Bobby sent out explaining the situation along with some links to national news sources who have covered the story…
Continue reading Tre9 (Bobby Herring) Needs a Permit to Feed the Homeless
I have a friend, Adrian Rodriguez who is a graphic and web designer living in Rogers, Arkansas. As you can see from this blog post, Adrian’s wife’s family lost their home in a fire this week. Contact him through his blog or use his Paypal instructions if you could donate even a small amount of money.
Also, Adrian is in search of employment currently, and he’s a talented designer. I’m sure he’d love it if someone in northwest Arkansas picked him up and he’d be a good addition to any workplace.
For both of these needs there is something you can do – say a prayer for Adrian and his family.