A major issue is the decline of young people attending church, coupled with a rise in gang recruitment. There is a lot that churches can learn from how gangs recruit and maintain a strong presence in the community.
Like most people I am surprised when I receive a letter in the mail the old fashioned way: with a postage stamp, delivered to my front door. But that is how the young Cyntoia Brown must communicate -- from prison.
When I was a pastor on the West Side I found myself in the middle of rioting students on more than one occasion. What happened? Since the riots weren't caught on video, we didn't get any help from the White House.
Who in their right mind thought it would be a good educational decision to move black kids from 95% black North Lawndale to Little Village High School in a 95% Latino community? Racial violence was predictable if not guaranteed.