DISCOVERING

JESUS

IN THE LEAST

Unveiling God's presence among America's

most overlooked souls

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“What if I told you that working the homeless has taught me more about Jesus and his ways than anything else? Would you believe me?  
 
If you don’t believe me (and even if you do believe me), well then, you need to come on a journey of discovery which reveals the depths of God’s love not only for the “least” folks in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, but for everyone, including myself, no matter who they are or where they live.’      

In Discovering Jesus in the Least, you’ll walk alongside veteran outreach worker, Chris Ramsey, as he uncovers the depths of God’s love not only for the “most overlooked and ignored” folks in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood . . . but also for himself.

Ramsey welcomes the reader into his world through a wide variety of short, poignant observations amassed over 25 years. What he discovers will undoubtedly challenge you to examine your own views regarding the poor and the homeless of our 21st century American society.

Chris Ramsey’s Blog

27Mar 2019

THREE GEMS FROM WILLIAM SLOANE COFFIN

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THE CHRISTIAN “SOCIAL ACTIVIST” OF THE 60’S AND 70’S

HIS PERCEPTIONS RING TRUE TODAY

I’d like to a share three “gems” from the late William Sloane Coffin taken from his book of quotations entitled Credo. (John Knox Press, 2004)

William Slone Coffin

GEM #1

“The word ‘homeless’ is devastating, suggesting neither comfort nor companionship, dignity nor grace, and precious little identity. To have no place is to be no place. Homelessness is nowheresville—whether you’re one of the world’s 14 million refugees, a boat person from Indochina, one of Calcutta’s 400,000 semi-starved sidewalk dwellers, or one of the 36,000 who in New York City spend so much of their time huddled in doorways, wrapping themselves in the Daily News.

Can anyone disagree with this assessment?

So what does God’s word teach us?

GEM #2

“The biblical reminder is clear: whatever our economic system, the enemy is excess, not possessions. The battle cry is ‘Enough!’ not “Nothing!’ ‘Enough’ so that we can all break bread together, so that everyone’s prayer can be answered—’Give us this day our daily bread.’ ”

The Bible instructs to us love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. So one would think that those of us who call ourselves followers of Jesus would get the idea of “having too much, an excess,” is something we’d all be careful not to indulge in.

Why? There’s a whole world out there who could survive on a bit of “our” excess.

And of course, this reasoning could apply to anyone who has “an excess” of goods or monetary resources. But you’d think that those who call themselves “Christians” would not have any problem with anyone, or any organization, or any government program, that is making “attempts” to aid those in need.

But, unfortunately, you’d be wrong, according to Coffin.

GEM #3

“It is ironic to think of the number of people in this country who pray for the poor and needy on Sunday and spend the rest of the week complaining that the government is doing something about them.”

Something to think about. Something to pray about. Something to do something about.

Let me know if you “readers” would like more of these types of quotes.

Thanks for stopping by.

Chris

 

15Mar 2019

Everyone Has a Story to Tell . . .

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And everyone has a story to live.

The question is: Where are Dave and his friends going to live?

Now if I’m sure everyone’s heard the saying, “There’s goes the neighborhood!”  Of course, this is referring to “those” folks who are now moving into “our” neighborhood.   And it’s primarily understood to carry a negative implication.  It usually involves those of a lower economic bracket moving into a step or two up from their previous neighborhood.

But how about when the roles are reversed?  How about when some upscale developers come into a much “lower-income” area and build a very, fancy high-rise condo building right across the street from the local MacDonald’s and Uptown Baptist Church?  Well, that’s what’s happening in our part of the Uptown neighborhood.  And as you can see, the developers wish to attract buyers who are ready to “Live Their Stories.”

Nothing wrong with that, right?  Aren’t we all free to prosper and dream and earn the right to purchase a nice condo if we can afford to?  Don’t we all have the right to “live our stories?”  Surely, this sounds good to most of us.  But there is a downside  to this “right.”  How about the man, Dave, standing next to the sign?  Although, he tells me he has a nice “spot” (adequate housing) for now, there’s just no telling where he and so many others are going to live out their stories?

From where I sit, less than 1 block away from this brand-new development, it’s apparent that I’ll be having some “new” neighbors soon.  And they won’t be looking like so many of Uptown’s long-time residents . . . folks like Dave.  But I’ll do my best to adapt because it won’t be impacting me “personally” for the moment.  But I do have to wonder (no, I don’t have to wonder!) how it has already impacted a number of my former neighbors.

So the question is—what story will those folks who have been or will soon be “priced out” of this neighborhood have to tell?  And will there be anyone listening?

Take care,

Chris