Summary: After moving to Los Angles, California, to begin pastoring at the hospital his father's hospital he had purchased in the area, Burnett found himself burned out and overwhelmed with the prospect of ministering to the people in an area where some light in the dark was needed. Moving forward though he converted the hospital into not only a church, but a recovery center from those escaping drugs, human trafficking, or people who were homeless families. Many of these people would move from being misfits of society to having crucial roles in the church.
|Take a church...|
|And a hospital...and voila!|
Now don't get me wrong. I don't think Barnett has done anything wrong, but I can't help but ask questions like that. I think it's great he's reaching out to this community of people, and giving them a church that offers encouragement and support when needed.
"The mark of a Bible-believing Christian is someone who looks for people who feel misplaced in the world." (Misfits Welcome, Matthew Barnett, Chapter 3)
This quote in particular popped out at me, and it seemed fitting particularly with all that is going on in the world right now, especially involving the victimization of many right now. I would love if I could find some of Barnett's views on things like Ferguson or even the women making the allegations regarding Cosby. He seems like he would have much to say and insight that would be intriguing and insightful. He's living this quote in his own life though, and he seems to really be trying to bring the Gospel to life in his own life.
I think this is a good read, and for many it will provide us focus with where to navigate and begin with helping people. The act of dedicating your life to making other's dreams come true as they do at the Dream Center is truly a feat to be done. I would have many questions to ask the author if given the chance, but the book says a lot about what he is doing.
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