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Written by Bianca Tropeano

Band of Brother’s Construction Day

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This past weekend, 6 guys from Band of Brothers spent their whole Saturday rebuilding our bathroom at A Simple House, KC.

Newsletter Mailing Craziness

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A Simple House is run completely off donations. We send out newsletters 5 times a year, sharing ministry stories and how God is at work. During newsletter mailing days, our missionaries spend many days stuffing and sealing envelopes.

If you would like to help with a future mailing, please contact us! The more help we have, the less time it takes, and the more ministry we can do.

Our Fall Letter is going in the mail.
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Good Works and Causality

Christian transformation involves good works, and the mark of true knowledge about God is good works (Mt 7:15–27). The inverse is also true. Good works can school us in knowledge about God. Love is only an idea until it is applied. It would be shameful to arrive at heaven with only a theoretical love and not a living love.

November 2005

Tragedy and Friendship

Patronizing Kindness

We need to be careful of an attitude that can creep into our thinking and masquerade as love. The attitude is a tendency to degrade someone with pity and low expectations. This attitude is in our religion when we meet a sinner who seems to us too far gone to convert or be reborn in Christ, and it is in our politics as a strange racism which is not hate but patronizing kindness.

September 2005

Reality of Homelessness in America. Part 2

Reality of Homelessness in America. Part 1

I have worked with the homeless for over ten years. Many people describing the homeless problem in America have an agenda. Often, they are trying to elicit an emotional response to spur policy change or raise money. I am trying to give basic facts, and I think it is hard to critically think about the problem of homelessness without these facts. Most of these facts and observations are based upon personal experience, and this is not a social scientific treatment of the subject. Among other things, the video deals with the working homeless, pan handling, addicts, the hidden homeless, the visibility of homelessness, hard luck stories, mental illness, and people living on the lam.
Please post questions and comments. If there are enough questions, someone at A Simple House will do another homelessness video blog.

Happy and in Trouble

God’s will can be summed up as “be good,” and translated into human terms this means “be supernaturally good and holy.” Christianity is not about being mostly good and at least respectable. Christians are called to imitate Christ, and this involves offering our entire life as a gift. This gift is to the poor, our families, our church, our neighbors, our spouses, and God.
F.R. Maltby said, “Jesus promised His disciples three things—that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy and in constant trouble.” If twice the number of people woke up every morning and tried with their whole being to live Christ, the world would be a radically different place. This may sound like a utopian dream, but what God wills he also provides the grace to accomplish.

September 2005

DIY: Installing a French Drain in DC

A crew of 20 from People of Praise Community helped our DC House Director, Ryan Hehman, install a 60 foot French Drain. We hope this will prevent water from flooding into the basements between our new DC houses…We are waiting on the next storm to test if it works!

Self Taught Ninja Gymnastics!

We have known these brothers for four years. The oldest is nine, and we were shocked when they busted out a handspring and backflip routine. They are some fearless kids, and they use the slope of their yard to help finish some of their jumps. This is basically self taught, and the cell phone video does not do them justice.

Maybe we should try to get them some cheerleading scholarships! Notice how they have a “Dark Side.”