The Perkins Perspective: Spring 2010


Volume 2 | Issue 3


Tali Hairston - Director of John Perkins CenterJPC Director’s Note:
What Is Social Justice?
Spring 2010


The debate has reached front page news and become viral on the Internet. What is social justice?

Where Is God When Suffering Strikes?Where Is God When Suffering Strikes?

Spring 2010


Personal suffering … usually raises spiritual questions. Where are you God? Why did you allow this to happen? Why us?


Leadership: Forms and VoidLeadership: Forms and Void
Spring 2010




I’ll never forget the words of one guest who spoke of the importance of a pastor’s “ministry of presence” and “ministry of absence.”

The (Sub)Urban Scene

Ellen Lu Named First Recipient of Transfer Merit Achievement Scholar AwardLu Named a Recipient of Transfer Merit Achievement Award
Spring 2010

Ellen Lu, the first woman in her family to receive a college education, has received one of the first SPU Transfer Merit Achievement Scholar Awards.



Reflections of a Former Street-Gang AffiliateStreet Knowledge: Reconciliation With My Outlaw Past

Spring 2010


Two decades after leaving “the game,” I began to write my autobiography ... This work prepared me to begin to tell a story that I had be unable to speak about publicly since I left the streets after my Christian conversion in 1989.


The Global Outlook

Wide-Open SpacesWide-Open Spaces

Spring 2010


I traveled to Indonesia during Summer 2009 as part of a SPRINT (Seattle Pacific Reachout International) team.


Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America

Spring 2010


Paul Tough’s Whatever It Takes is a compelling account of the struggles and successes of African-American social activist and educator Geoffrey Canada.

The Hole in Our Gospel: The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World

Spring 2010


Richard Stearns’ The Hole in Our Gospel records the World Vision president’s story of personal response to pressing world issues.


Freedom's Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark

Spring 2010


Katherine M. Charron’s 12-year research investment her first book, Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark, rewards readers with a fresh perspective on the civil rights movement.