Thursday, January 5, 2012

How Do The Homeless Dream?

This day started chaotic and ended in chaos. The internet was too temperamental to work with, and I needed to do a search for hay. For hours I rebooted, got on-line only to lose DSL signal seconds later. By 9.30 am I threw the towel in and decided to wait until Windstream fixed whatever problem was causing this latest hiccup.

I was so ill during the night, with a violent migraine ~ and I was so cold, that I half way expected to end up being ill through the entire day. Thankfully the pain medication decreased it to a manageable level.

A quick run to Lawrence bros. only got my boss half of the medication he ordered, but it gave me the opportunity to pick up more medication for myself.
By 4 pm the internet was working fine and I started looking for a hay provider.

When will we, as a society, stop allowing women to be victimized?

Who Are the Poor?: Tim Keller Talks Justice

The right has stigmatized the phrase "social justice." Tim Keller is taking it back.

It was beginning to seem that the phrase "social justice," at least in evangelical circles, was becoming a four-letter word. Just over a year ago, Glenn Beck—evangelicalism's favorite Mormon—started a campaign against the word when, on his radio show, he brazenly announced that Christians who found the phrase on their churches' websites should flee their churches. It was a code word, he announced, a sort of shibboleth that showed the church was really a clandestine center of leftist political agitation.

Although it's difficult to decipher what he was thinking when he made this claim—and defended it for weeks—I imagine he had in mind the kind of small, mainline churches that feature Jim Wallis book clubs. Wallis, in fact, became his foil in the fallout. But one church I feel confident that Beck did not have in mind when he made his pronouncement is Redeemer Presbyterian, one of New York City's largest churches.

The word "justice" is all over Redeemer's website, including in an advertisement for this past Monday night's conversation about justice featuring Redeemer's pastor and best-selling author Dr. Tim Keller and MSNBC's Martin Bashir.

I had the opportunity to attend the event at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, and as the evening's activities commenced it was announced that Bashir was sick and would not be in attendance. His replacement, we were told, would be Fox News religion correspondent Lauren Green.

There was an audible sigh of disappointment at the news that Bashir, whose aggressive interview with Rob Bell had earned him some serious evangelical street cred, would not be asking the hard questions of Keller. Green acknowledged the slight awkwardness of a Fox News correspondent, as opposed to one from MSNBC, talking about social justice. She joked that her affiliation would make her an excellent devil's advocate in the conversation.

Green began the conversation by asking Dr. Keller if there was one universal biblical principal that all Christians could agree upon when it comes to the call to justice. Keller pointed to humanity's common nature as created in the image of God. He referred briefly to Yale philosopher of religion Nicholas Wolterstorff's assertion that being made in the image of God grants everyone the right to not be exploited or enslaved.

When Green asked how Christians should talk about justice with people who don't share our faith, Keller appealed to the Catholic principle of Natural Law, with which he said he agreed. This might have been controversial, given the recent, heated discussion on this topic that is taking place at Christianity Today, except that Keller issued his agreement so matter-of-factly and with so much confidence, as is his way.

It is precisely Dr. Keller's easy, matter-of-fact way, not to mention his often-brilliant insights into scripture, which make his following in New York and beyond so loyal—a large crowd of people were turned away from the event after the building reached capacity.

Throughout the course of the conversation on justice, Keller managed to answer each of Green's questions—some of which were phrased in such a way that her rightward leaning was on display—with eloquence and tact, proving what is often thought impossible, that a pastor can speak about the biblical call to justice in a mostly apolitical way.

Keller acknowledged several times that the differing approaches of conservatives and liberals to the topic of justice can both be right in certain respects. He noted that conservatives are right to point to the family as a crucial factor in fighting poverty. On the other hand, he said, liberals are right to talk about the issue in terms of systemic disadvantages.

Perhaps the best exchange of the evening came when Lauren Green asked, "Who are the poor?" The poor in the United States, she noted, seem much better off when compared to poor people in developing countries. She added that compared to Donald Trump, even she could be considered poor. To me, listening to this question made me feel the way onlookers must have felt when Jesus was asked, "Who is my neighbor?"

Keller's first response, which came quickly, referred to the government's designation that a family of four living on less than $23,000 is the marker for poverty. But he jumped from that formulaic answer to profundity. "In the Bible," he said, "poverty is seen in terms of power."

This claim reorients the conversation, again, as Jesus' response to the neighbor question did. If poverty is seen in terms of power, than those with less power are more often excluded and thus in need of justice. The Bible, Keller continued, doesn't offer a bright line that marks the beginning of poverty. Rather, we should think of poverty and power in terms of a scale, and our job, he said, is not to look up the scale with envy, but down the scale with grace.

Grace, as it turns out, is Dr. Keller's motivation for justice. His latest book, Generous Justice, which he noted offers more in-depth answers to many of the night's questions, is subtitled "How God's Grace Makes Us Just."

This is precisely how Dr. Keller manages to bridge the widening gap between those on the left and right, even within Christianity. The emphasis doesn't need to land on either personal salvation or social justice; rather, according to Keller, one should flow into the other. This is a reclaiming of the term "social justice" for those who needed to see it reclaimed, and a reminder of the grace behind the biblical call to justice for the rest of us.

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald is the managing editor of, and writes on the various manifestations of Christianity in culture. Follow him on Twitter or at his website,

I think another cold front may be coming in, but I didn't stay around to hear the full report. It's been unseasonably warm during the day.. but the nights for a homeless person are always painfully hard and I am praying that if another storm heads our way it will miraculously dissipate. The nights are so hard on me.

There has to be someone related to Robert &Sylve Huckins must have some means to reach them, if it be Michael Huckins, Dr.Kenneth Ogilvie ( Diana Huckins? Dominic Huckins? Malcolm Huckins? ) or Patricia Ogilvie-Huckins and get them to return ALL of the money they stole from us so that I can buy a home and get our lives back. I am begging anyone in this family for help.

I don't believe I have EVER witnessed any none vio
lent crime that can be as devastating as stealing someone's home. I am walking in Dorothy McKeevers footsteps, day by day, month by month, year by year.

Liam Griffin, I sat in your law office with two witnesses as you gave me your promise, your guarantee, that our money would be returned before harm came to us.

Patricia Ogilvie-Huckins you were present the day I signed contract with your son. You walked out of the kitchen with Sylve Huckins and your son introduced me to you. He told you that I was the British horse trainer he had told you about, the one he was going to build the home and barn for. Why didn't you say something? There may be a rational and reasonable explanation but I have spent over 3 years, homeless, not understanding it. I understand it even less knowing that though I was a total stranger, both Dorothy McKeever and Sally Canning you KNEW, and you knew what your son had done to them and others.

Dr. Kenneth Ogilvie, I contacted you and simply asked f
or a reference, not knowing that Robert Huckins was your cousin. Robert Huckins had just stolen over $30,000 from the domestic violence shelter, HEAL, yet everyone was trying to hide it. There was a history of stealing large amounts of money. $65,000 PLUS from Nancy Canning. $89,000 PLUS from Dorothy McKeever, $45,000 from Francis McKinney. The list just goes on and on and on.
Because of Robert Huckins I ended up paying
$140,000 to be homeless.. sat in the cold, emotionally, physically and financially broke. In the middle of a recession, with no way to recover the stolen funds.

Today Robert Huckins has his own home...
He also has OUR home.....
He also has a lot of people's money...
And his freedom.

Women are not banks or loan institutions. Women should not be the source of a retirement fund for people who don't want to do an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. Holding women hostage while playing with the judicial system, a horrendous game of cat and mouse extending YEARS, with the victims whose very homes, families and stability are in jeopardy is cruelty, as cruel as a physical beating. It is financial and emotional RAPE. Homelessness is not justice. It is a slow, painful death.
Please, I beg with everything I have within me, pl
ease convince Robert Huckins to stop this torture and return the building fund he stole from us so we too, can have a home.

Relevant pages:
10/06/pen-is-mightier-than-sword.html“We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.” ~Albert Einstein