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Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.

Friday, October 17, 2008


Last night I took Dustin (who looks pretty darn good in a collar) and we visited TC3 and Nickelsville, bringing knit hats.

Later we stopped at a couple bars.

Times are tough right? More homeless people, and the world of the bars are starting to intersect with the whole homeless thing in a new way. Real estate is in the dumps, so people who make their living -- or used to -- are really scrambling to figure out their next move. (God preserve us. Things could be worse.)

Anyway, while driving around on Thursday night I was aware of clusters of the "beautiful people" around the doorways of posh nightclubs: willowy blondes in skimpy outfits, bad boys with just the right amount of stubble. There's just a whiff of 1930s Berlin in the air, waiting for all hell to break loose, not willing to admit that there's a lot more rotten in the city than the value of the stock portfolio.

Meanwhile, our Mayor has directed his minions to serve notice to a Christian congregation that they are going to be fined for providing care to homeless people in their parking lot. We don't have more city money for emergency shelter. But we do have money for police and prosecutors and jailers and judges. What a waste of time and resources.

If I were in city government, I'd be a little worried about lightning strikes.


Anonymous Dustin Cross said...

Thanks for all the encouraging words and insights. It was a blessing to me.

6:30 PM  
Blogger iamkatia said...


what harm does it do to the city
that the church has offered its
parking lot as a refuge?

this all saddens me greatly..

11:11 AM  
Blogger Pastor Rick said...

Pretty sad.

I had a speaking engagement last week, and the people who asked me to come lead their Bible study suddenly got very nervous. "Please tell Pastor Rick not to talk about politics" was the basic message that was communicated with me.

Which, generally, I'm fine with. But many times the Word comes to the prophets, and they had to come stand in the presence of power and speak the truth. Can't get away from it.

I'm reluctant. But I will do so.

2:41 PM  

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