100+ Bible passages about Loving and Serving the Poor

OLD TESTAMENT¬†PASSAGES "Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan." Exodus 22:22 "Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits." Exodus 23:6 "During the seventh year, let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat … Continue reading 100+ Bible passages about Loving and Serving the Poor

Our opinions say more about us than about “them.”

I must confess I have struggled with some significant prejudices during my life. I am so thankful for God's grace that has broken through and continues to break through the hard shell of my presuppositions about others. Yet I know that even now I hold some opinions about others, both individuals and groups, that are … Continue reading Our opinions say more about us than about “them.”

A Devastating Work of Art for Holy Week

The unexpected always seems to happen when you least expect it. Deep, huh? There I was, slogging (and whining)¬†through my civic duty, when I met a new friend who just happened to be a curator for my favorite museum in Tulsa. I was fortunate to not only make a new art acquaintance, but also one … Continue reading A Devastating Work of Art for Holy Week

A Landmark Year of Mission and Service in Tulsa

I am so proud of what we do in Community Ministries and through our Caring Center ministries at FBC in downtown Tulsa -- and truly all around our city. This was the latest article that ran on Sunday. Between our two Caring Centers we saw nearly 50,000 client visits. Our other events and school partnerships … Continue reading A Landmark Year of Mission and Service in Tulsa

The Living Water Project – A ministry FROM the homeless

It all began during one of the hottest days in July of last year here in Tulsa. As I sat with several of my homeless and formerly homeless friends in our men's Bible study downtown, our conversations were intensifying regarding those who were suffering and feeling the dangerous effects of the hottest summer days in … Continue reading The Living Water Project – A ministry FROM the homeless

Announcing the release of Harbor for the Poor by Eric Costanzo

Information about my new book. This is something that has been very important to me for several years and for which I have a great passion. Thank you Wipf & Stock for taking a chance on me as a new author. Description: Urban poverty in the developed world is an ever-present problem, and Christian approaches … Continue reading Announcing the release of Harbor for the Poor by Eric Costanzo

How I Offended my Homeless Friend

A few weeks ago, I preached a message at our church from James 2:14-18 (see below) in which I made the following statement: "James the Apostle understood that the poor, needy, and under-resourced are fertile ground for the good news we call the gospel message. They are often broken people who are keenly aware of … Continue reading How I Offended my Homeless Friend