It’s time to step up.

Back in the late 80s to early 90s, when I was in the streets, I knew many young black men who made lots of money selling drugs. Many of these men were but teenagers or in their early 20s at the time.They had essentially no education, but yet demonstrated tremendous entrepreneurial ability. Some of these men had exceptional leadership ability …

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A perspective on N.W.A and today’s inner city crisis

With the recent release and success of the movie Straight Outta Compton, there has been a resurgence of interest in the late 80’s, early 90’s rap group N.W.A. When I heard there would be a movie done on N.W.A., I wondered just how the group and it’s legacy would be portrayed. Would the group, and its impact on the culture, …

Bringing transformation to Detroit

One of the major goals for 5point7 ministry, is to help bring comprehensive transformation and revitalization to Detroit. I must admit, that repairing Detroit will be a very formidable task, many might say it’s impossible. When you consider the amount of poverty, crime and blight that exists here, and the limited resources available, it almost seems insane to think anything …

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A community ripe for redemption

As another school year begins, and I prepare for another year of mentoring at Wayne Elementary School, I take some time to reflect on our efforts from the last school year. We were able to establish some pretty good relationships with the staff and the students of Wayne Elementary, as well as with the residents surrounding the school. We were …

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How to be like God

Jesus taught that the two most important commandments in all the Bible are to love God with all of the heart, and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Mark 12:29-31). In Luke 10:29-37 we learn that our neighbor is not just the person living next door to us, but any human being we happen to encounter as we …

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The urgent need for mentoring

In a community filled with broken families, and with children that are being raised in single parent homes, there is an urgent need for mentoring. The Bible states that if you train up a child in the way he should go, when he’s old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). Children do not normally grow into mature, disciplined …

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How to repair a broken community

Proverbs 29:15 states, “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.” The book of Proverbs give many similar statements. Such statements imply that children, in and of themselves, are prone to folly and to shameful behavior Pr.22:15, and that the undisciplined and uninstructed child is destined for self-destruction. God’s remedy for …

Good news for our community

As we all watch, with sadness, the horrible events unfolding in Baltimore, we find that there is much to reflect upon. For one thing, we see that there is much hurt, anger and frustration in our community. Whether you agree with the tactics of the protesters in Baltimore or not, you can’t help but notice the frustration pouring out of …