Remembering What We’d Rather Forget

Who living among us today will be celebrated during Black History Month years from now? I hope Bryan Stevenson will be one of them. A lawyer from Alabama, Mr. Stevenson is having an influence across the nation and right here in Joplin. I was first made aware of Mr. Stevenson when I watched his Ted 

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Remembering Pearl Harbor During Advent

As part of an Advent project for the Fireside Community, Dream of Destiny’s director Travis Hurley prepared a piece for Darkness/Brokenness Week that coincided with Pearl Harbor Day. The transcript from that podcast is today’s blog post.  December 7, 1941. As President Franklin Roosevelt famously said, “A date which will live in infamy.” Alice was 

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Monuments, Memorials and Your Ministry

As the recent discord surrounding Confederate memorials became a nationwide conversation, an excellent article was published in the September issue of Christianity Today: Facing Our Legacy of Lynching, by D. L. Mayfield With the author’s permission, Dream of Destiny director, Travis Hurley, recently preached the article, supplementing it with additional Scriptures and thoughts. The audio 

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Am I Mad?

In light of the recent tragedies in Baton Rouge, LA and Falcon Heights, MN involving the fatal police shootings of two black men, Rob Daniels, executive pastor of Westbrook Christian Church, expressed his thoughts in today’s post. **NOTE: This was written hours before further senseless tragedy unfolded in Dallas. It will be hard for many people to 

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Some of Us Never Made It Home For Dinner

This week’s post comes from Taylor Campbell, a Christian writer and activist living in Brooklyn, New York. Taylor is a friend and respected brother in Christ. I asked him to write a post to the white evangelical community regarding their engagement (or lack thereof) with the issues facing people of color today. “I know people 

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What I Hope to Get Out of the Race & Restoration Summit

The following post was written by Rob Daniels, Executive Pastor of Westbrook Christian Church in Bolingbrook, Illinois and one of the thought leaders behind the creation of the Race and Restoration Summit.  Interestingly, while the communities (and places like my home church, Deer Creek Christian Church) where I was raised were very racially and economically diverse, 

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When Our Truths Are Ignored: Proslavery Theology’s Legacy

Dream of Destiny encourages the intentional fostering of ethnic diversity by Christian leaders both in our churches and other organizations as well as in our own personal lives.  For leaders to truly be successful in this regard – going beyond surface acquaintances and into real, deep relationship – we must be willing to have hard 

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What are You Doing to Celebrate?

Today’s post, written by Andrea Murdock, highlights an important, but lesser known, summer celebration of freedom.   On July 4th, families and friends across the U.S will gather in parks and back yards to picnic, barbecue, light fireworks, and celebrate the anniversary of their independence. Taking time to appreciate the past and remember how far 

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A Tale of Two Americas… and the Mini Mart Where They Collided.

Dream of Destiny encourages the intentional fostering of ethnic diversity by Christian leaders both in our churches and other organizations as well as in our own personal lives.  For leaders to truly be successful in this regard – going beyond surface acquaintances and into real, deep relationship – we must be willing to have hard 

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