Category Archives: community development

In Praise of Urban Public Schools


This is a reblog from The Twelve written by my daughter-in-law, Kate Kooyman My oldest son is in kindergarten this year. We send him to our neighborhood school, and we live in an urban neighborhood. But don’t let that impress you. … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: Friendship at the Margins


I recently wrote the following and posted it on the Christian Reformed Church Network site. I decided to share it here because I think this book is a must read for anyone engaged in ministry with those on the margins … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Poverty Tourism, Poverty Elitism, and Short-term Mission Trips


If you, like me, have concerns and misgivings about short term mission trips conducted by schools and churches, I think you might appreciate reading the following post by Rachel Held Evans on her blog: Poverty Tourism, Poverty Elitism, and Grace … Continue reading

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