Author: Steve Kimes

A Crisis of Authority

Jesus was anti-authoritarian. His policy on leadership is well known."You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man 

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Welcoming the Homeless: A Practical Guide

It's easy to find verses about welcoming the homeless.It was common practice in the ancient Mediterranean World to invite strangers into their home and to welcome immigrants to live on a property.Jesus said that to welcome on of the "least of these" into our home is to be welcoming him.Hebrews, John and James all recommend taking in people without a home and "show hospitality" which means

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A Note About My Family’s Work

My family is leaving Portland, Oregon after working here for the last quarter century with folks on the street. This month, I will be switching my focus to another city in Oregon, but I've been taking a time to reflect.  I want to summarize the work we've done so those reading this blog understand a bit of the background that creates the thoughts that make this blog. My family has been

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A Tale of Two Angels

It begins with two spiritual beings, walking down a dusty road.  Their bellies are full, their souls happy from having spend the afternoon with Abraham, known for his generous hospitality.  But they head to Sodom, which is rumored not to be as gregarious. After a half day of walking, they enter the city, to coincidentally meet Abraham’s nephew, Lot, who urges them… desperately urges, it

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Whatever Happened to Sodom?

There are some less-than-subtle preachers telling us that God hates homosexuals so much that he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah to give us a permanent example of what God does to societies that accept homosexuality. Hmm, let’s examine this. The story of Sodom in Genesis 19 really begins in the previous chapter when three angels (one of them the angel of the Lord) strolls by Abraham’s tent. 

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