Monday, August 31, 2009

Words from a Profit

Posted by Jack

Hoooray!!!!! It's time for us to celebrate. Our banks are making billions of dollars again!

In what major news outlets are calling a record windfall, banks who received taxpayer bailout money just months ago have reported a huge increase in profits. Citigroup reported a second quarter profit of $4.3 billion. Bank of America reported a profit of $2.4 billion. Goldman Sachs raked in $3.44 billion, and JP Morgan-Chase went home with a comfortable $2.7 billion.

While many would consider this a victory, banking on the idea that a prosperous Wall Street will translate to a prosperous populace, the truth of the matter is far different.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Prayer

Posted by Jack (adapted words from The Book of Common Prayer, and some pieces of the world to root them in, courtesy of The National Center on Family Homelessness)

Lord, have mercy on us. Hear our prayers.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

An Unlikely Insurgence

Posted by Jack

This piece first appeared as an article in Consp!re: Issue 2.

We sat in the bar, smoke circling our heads as we quietly sipped our drinks. It is a tradition of ours, at least once a week, to walk about our battered neighborhood as improbable ambassadors, greeting all we meet with smiles. We seek out the seediest, shadiest, sleaziest bars in town and, in the simple act of pulling up a stool, we plant a flag for Jesus.

August Speaking Dates

Posted by Jack

Hello all,
I have been invited to speak at a few events/church services this coming month. I thought I'd post the information here for the curious observer.

You know what they say about idle hands...

Posted by Jack

In a sudden burst of creative energy, we acquired the first Mulberry House Sewing machine.