“Faces” – a poem by my son on gun violence

Calvin wrote this poem about gun violence and was invited to present it at Girard College’s MLK Service Day. I’m biased, but it’s good. ——————————– In this city, life’s fragile, everyone’s vulnerable A warzone can arise from any block or empty lot There are casualties, and not just the fighters Kids, teens, even baby girls–allContinue reading ““Faces” – a poem by my son on gun violence”

Review: Jose Humphreys’ Seeing Jesus in East Harlem

Humphreys, Jose. Seeing Jesus in East Harlem: What Happens When Churches Show Up and Stay Put. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2018. I first heard of Jose Humphreys from an IVP Podcast on gentrification. I’m a church planter in Philly who is deep in the mix of a neighborhood in transition. There are drug dealersContinue reading “Review: Jose Humphreys’ Seeing Jesus in East Harlem”

Quest: A Portrait of An American Family

Meet the Raineys. Quest: A Portrait of An American Family is an intimate documentary that follows a north Philadelphia family over the span of almost a decade. Watch the Trailer: https://youtu.be/B2MSj93suYA It’s worth pausing to hear some of the comments from Director Jonathan Olshefski. This is how he describes his project:[1] Philadelphia is often atContinue reading “Quest: A Portrait of An American Family”

Book Review: Peter Moskowitz’s How to Kill a City

Peter Moskowitz’s How to Kill a City offers an engaging and often heartbreaking look at gentrification in the US. He focuses specifically on four unique cities: New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York. Each city offers a slightly different perspective on gentrification. New Orleans had a “clean slate” after the devastation of Katrina. Detroit’sContinue reading “Book Review: Peter Moskowitz’s How to Kill a City”