DR. MARC RIVERA

MINISTRY & COMMUNITY URBANOLOGIST

Dr. Rivera is a lifelong urban practitioner who is in his fifth decade of service to the church and broader community. Leveraging his years of boots on the ground experience coupled with earning seminary master and doctoral degrees in urban studies, Dr. Rivera is a valued and sought after leadership development resource to the church, corporate, and civic worlds.

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2022 Summer Book Recommendation

I just finished reading “How We Love Matters: A Call to Practice Relentless Racial Reconciliation” by Albert Tate. This is a timely and...

Some Good People Just Get it Totally Wrong

SOMETHING TO PONDER (8/18/22) “In a recent sermon, Ed Young shared his definition that started from a google search of the term ‘woke’ as...

"Revenge? Really?

So, the reaction of our elected officials to the raid of Mar-A-Lago is revenge? House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif)...

"Every Good Christian Should Vote"

“Theological preaching focuses on forcefully challenging public policy juxtaposed to the gospel narrative (and stops there) without...

Asian Lives Matter Too!

Robert Aaron, identified by authorities as a 21-year-old white man, shot and killed eight people in several massage parlors in Atlanta,...

The Impeachment Trial is Just Not Worth It

I think that the US Congress should just move quickly through the unavoidable theatrics and drama of the second impeachment trial of the...

The Least We Can Do

We are being asked to save 50,000 lives by simply wearing our masks until the end of April. This is not a political request but rather a...

A Thought About Spiritual Maturity

It is amazing how some prayed for God to intervene in the past elections, yet when the results came in, they could not accept the outcome....

Is it Prophetic?

In my search of Scripture, I cannot find prophesies supporting a political agenda or candidate. Biblical prophecy pushes back on national...

A Heartfelt Prayer

“Dear Lord, I am so grateful for the violent free inauguration. Your divine covering is extended throughout our land. Today we embark...

In Memory of Greatness

“We honor the enormous contributions and sacrifices of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now...

Is It True?

Is it true, that President Trump did not contact his Vice President while Pence and his family were sought out by the violent insurgents...

An Unthinkable Day of Violence

The horrible display of domestic terrorism that we witnessed yesterday forces the only recourse at this time and that is to join the...

A-Woman? So Be It Not!

It is unthinkable that in the opening session of the 117th Congress, the invocation would end with ‘Amen and A-woman”. I understand the...

Inconsistent Christmas Story

SOMETHING TO PONDER (12/24/20) On this Christmas eve, as I think about the sweeping pardons of convicted criminals and those that...

Why the push capital punishment?

The Trump administration is pushing hard in its final days for the execution of five convicted individuals. Four black men and one...

Who Is Responsible?

Today the US coronavirus death toll passed 250,000 dead. Had there been a formalized national approach, how many lives could have been...

A Look Back at the LES in 1998

This 1998 video is of the Lower East Side and PCC in particular. My friend Julie Huang (producer) emailed me that she found this in DHS...

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