Streetwalking with Jesus will leave you examining your own love of God and your own Christian faith with new eyes, and a new hunger to do more." — Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver
For over two decades John Green's vocation has been ministering to inner-city men on the margins of society.
Green didn't set out to be another Dorothy Day or Mother Teresa, and would be quick to tell you he hasn't become one. Struck by the words of Micah 6:8 and the act of a homeless man who gruesomely ended his life in Green's presence, Green vowed to constantly ask himself: How can I live justly? To whom do I show mercy? How may I walk humbly with God?
Green shares the lessons he learned regarding these hard questions through the stories of men who struggle to escape poverty, addiction, and sexual sin — while encountering Christ in the process. But this book is much more than the account of how his Emmaus Ministries combats a social problem to which most of us wish to remain blind.
It is about finding joy in service to others and experiencing love in reaching out to the suffering, all under the shelter of God's unconquerable, abiding love.
Yes, Streetwalking with Jesus will sober you, but with links to free, online songs, a Scripture selection to reflect upon, discussion questions, and a prayer at the end of every chapter, you'll come away challenged and inspired to live a deeper, more mission-based life.
"John Green is the real deal. His words and lifestyle of compassion ooze from these pages. The stories break our hearts. You have left your mark on me." — Dr. John Fuder, Professor of Urban Studies, Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Preface: Why I Wrote this Book
Introduction: How John Green Became a Fool for Christ
Section I: What Does God Require of Me
Stepping Into the Cage
The Ragman's Gift
The Way Out of the Cage
Section II: How Can I Live Justly?
"I'm a Pimp, I'm Not a Cowboy!"
Walking Justly Together
Buying Crack House
Section III: How Do I Show Mercy?
Mercy Is a Muscle
"Bang for Your Buck" Ministry
The Prodigal at the Table
Section IV: How Am I Called to Walking Humbly?
Scuff Marks on the Sidewalk
God's Street-Level Deacons
God in a World of Hurt
God Who Listens
What Does the Lord Require of Me?
Appendix I: How You Can Help
Appendix II: A Special Word About the Kaio Community
Appendix III: A Special Word About Immersion Nights