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Doing Urban Ministry in an Unjust World

Doing Urban Ministry in an Unjust World


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KB: Father, we come before you in the name of your Son Jesus, in Him we move and have our being. For Him, oh God, we toil, oh God, for Him we present our bodies, Lord, for Him we present our lives, that He be glorified in all that we do. And we would feel, oh God, a great sense of loss and failure if Jesus is not glorified by our efforts.

Yet we know, Lord, that we in ourselves can do nothing. So we ask you, God, to bridge the gap, oh Lord. Lord, would you please make what we present here effective, helpful. Would you relax us together as a community, that we may be able to chew the fat, that we may be able to admire your Word, that we may be able to grow as a result of what happens in this slot. Would you please grant us that, oh God.

Guide our conversation, oh Lord, help us to speak in a way that you are pleased. Father, I pray also that wherever the enemy would wanna get in, or human brokenness would wanna get in, I pray, Lord, that you would ward that off or that you would protect all of us, oh God. That we’d be able to feel the weight of these things, and also not be distracted from obeying it. Help us, Lord Jesus. It’s in the name of your Son we pray. Amen.

So my name is KB or Kevin Burgess, but I prefer you call me KB. That’s what my wife calls me, all right. I am from Tampa, Florida. I’m a minister of the gospel. As I mentioned, I do a little hippity-dippity on the side with the hip-hoppers. And I mainly spend my life creating experiences around art, around thought, around preaching that help people to realize who God is, that’s what I do.

We’ve been doing urban ministry since I became a believer, I was 16 years old. Somebody gave me a Christian hip-hop CD actually. The gentleman on the front of the CD had dreadlocks, kind of like mine, had a red bandana going across his mouth, a red bandana going across his forehead. The gentleman that gave me the CD said it was Christian, and that confused me. Because I was sure that was bank robber music.

He said, “No, no, this is Christian, take it home.” I took that CD home in a very dark place in my life. I played that album, it had eight songs on it. The last song was a gospel presentation. I believed on Jesus, I was 16 years old, I have been walking with him ever since. And I live to help reproduce…



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