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Honor. Truth. Duty.


Honor. Truth. Duty. This is the mission statement of The McCallie School - a well established, top tier, boys college-preparatory school in Chattanooga. Confused that I'm writing about a prep school instead of the projects? Wealthy, privileged, and predominately white boys instead of the urban plight of poor, black ones? Hang in there. It will make sense, I promise. The l...

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Daps Bruh


Let's start with a brief vocabulary lesson. Here are two potentially new terms and I would hate for Google to interrupt your reading so here you go... daps: the knocking of fists together as a greeting or form of respect.Guido Merkens: church planter who founded Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX in 1951. What does Guido Merkens (pictured on the graphic for thi...

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God & Google


[ This week we have a guest post from Jon Berestecky about his family's experience visiting BCC for a weekend and making the decision to move to Chattanooga to become urban missionaries. Thanks Jon! ] If you Google Racial Reconciliation Chattanoogathe first site listed belongs to Bridge City Community Church. But who would do that? Better question: why would anyone all t...

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Dispelling the Myth [that we don't have a plan]


I am now acutely aware of the need to provide pragmatic insight into our operational strategy as an urban mission. We are part of a growing effort to pioneer the frontier of urban, multi-ethnic church planting. Considering this lies outside popular church planting methodologies I feel the need to clear up the muddy waters surrounding this type of ministry. As a pastor one...

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