Urban Voices

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Volume 7 - Issue 2
Damone B. Jones, Sr.

Pastoring Youth Behind Bars

(Editor’s note: The following has been adapted from a panel discussion, “Faith and the Justice System,” a part of Missio Seminary’s Courageous Conversations, which took

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Volume 6 - Issue 2
Lee Huang

And Who is My Neighbor?

You know the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). An expert in religious law asks Jesus what it takes to inherit eternal life. Jesus

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Volume 6 - Issue 1
Shane Claiborne

Executing Grace

I’m not a single-issue person. I’m not even really an issue person. I’m doing my best to love God and love people… and to be

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Volume 4 - Issue 1
Carl Ellis Jr.

Racism Alone? – Reflections on the Current National Divide

Some claim that Ferguson and Staten Island demonstrate the existence of racist structures that permeate our society. Others claim that these killings resulted from criminal behavior or “a lack of personal responsibility.” While both positions point to contributing factors, they both continue to ignore culture – a factor that dwarfs the previous two.

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Volume 4 - Issue 1
Karen Angela Ellis

“Step Out The Boat”: Following the Urban Disciple Maker

The national conversation in the wake of Ferguson cannot ignore the voice of a crucial subject matter expert, the urban disciple maker. What does the urban disciple maker see that simplistic analyses from outsider pundits can’t? How does she lead the way forward through the treacherous gauntlet of nihilistic culture, organized crime, pulpit pimps, sexual and familial confusion, prison industrial complex, race hustlers, destructive public policy, government-funded dependency, etc.?

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Volume 1 - Issue 3
Robert D. Lupton


The gentri-church, rising on the new wave of young urbanites, is the brightest hope the city has seen in more than a half century. Will it be up to the challenge?

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Volume 1 - Issue 2
Coz Crosscombe

A Sense of Place

The hope of most urban missionaries is to see people living in urban poverty become leaders in their own community. Once equipped with education and opportunity, instead of moving out of town, we encourage them to stay and make a difference. However, these leaders are often considered a failure by their own community if they don’t relocate. Incarnational ministers receive accolades for their “sacrifice” of living in urban poverty, but community leaders do not.

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Volume 1 - Issue 1
Robert D. Lupton

When Mercy and Justice Collide

Mercy is not enough. Justice is also required. Mercy is a doorway to more: just and healed relationships, a society of peace, and a wholeness for both the recipients and the givers of mercy.

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