David Z Nowell

David Z Nowell

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Nowell’s prophetic call strikes like a hammer on the anvil of Scripture, yet alongside the ringing iron is a whisper of grace.

A Busload of Hope

I like the way this story ends. The buses at our City of Youth are absolutely indispensable. They ferry our staff from their homes to the campus, they pick up children from nearby favelas, and they carry our kids to the many off-campus activities—outings to museums and ballgames,  Saturday evening services at our graduate church, and monthly birthday celebrations at the mall. Without them, all of the extras that make our programs work are gone. A few months ago…  a devastating loss. We had sold both of our older buses, and with the help of a great donation from Princeton …

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What Does A Relevant Church Look Like?

While leading a discussion of Dirty Faith at a local adult VBS this week, the topic of the Church and its relevance came up. It’s been a year since I wrote the below post, but Christians are still having the same discussion. Still asking the same questions. Perhaps it’s a good time to revisit these thoughts for those of you who are new here— and for those of us who need to re-evaluate.   (Originally published June 2, 2014) Three Things That Don’t Happen at a Relevant Church (Stained Glass and Relevance, Part 2) When I see followers of Christ …

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Moving the Conversation

This one caught my eye. Because every child deserves a good home — no matter what that home looks like. And we have the responsibility to make sure that homes are safe places for kids. A member of the Hope team sent me a link. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), the ranking members of the Senate Finance Committee, have sent a letter to all 50 governors seeking the names of all private foster care providers state inspection and accreditation practices financial information child abuse rates The Senate interest prompting these letters started with a news organization’s investigation …

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Shapers

A bit of a more personal note today if you don’t mind . . . Several years ago, I began to reflect on the people who had impacted my life. Some distantly… A friend from high school who was a star football player from a wealthy family (by our small-town standards) who took time to be friendly with every person. Some a bit closer… A Sunday School teacher who made time to take a group of 11-year-old boys camping almost every Friday night, but then insisted that we stand and recite our assigned Bible verses every Sunday morning; to this …

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