Soooooo….who am I?
I am a preacher, teacher and a writer. I’m also an avid Red Sox (Big Poppi!), and Pats fan (in the era of Brady/Moss). I love to hang out with my 3 children and dote on them, and they are the reason why I got started working with the streets.
I despised the fact that they were growing up in an inner-city that was resigned to violence as a way of life. But, as a pastor, my profession was moving towards the whole mega-church/prosperity trend. I thought it was so odd – that the rise of the mega-church phenomenon corresponded with the precipitous rise in youth homicides (late 80s – 90s). The message I was receiving was that if I wanted the safe city I desired, that I had to take my kids away from where we lived and build a “city of God” (many pastors have done this).
It was not for me. I thought about the children and families we would leave behind. And the fact that violence was not bound to any particular geography. I felt that God was saying something different to me. I felt God was saying that I should stay…. that was 19 years ago.
I’ll say more about this, if you keep reading