The founder and president of UrbanPromise, Dr. Bruce Main will be preaching at First Congregational Church of Redlands on Sunday, February 26th. Dr Main established his first summer camp in the city of Camden in 1988 at the age of 25. His many UrbanPromise roles have included camp director and executive director, as well as the visionary creator of UrbanPromise's satellite locations in Wilmington, DE; Miami, FL; Trenton, NJ; Toronto, ON; Vancouver, BC; Copán, Honduras; and Lilongwe, Malawi.
Selected by Christianity Today as one of the country's "50 Up & Coming Leaders Under 40," Bruce speaks nationally and internationally at mission conferences, colleges, churches, and business seminars. He and UrbanPromise are featured regularly in local media outlets and were highlighted on Diane Sawyer's 20/20 special "Waiting on the World to Change" and ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Bruce is an adjunct faculty member at Eastern University and co-authored the book Revolution & Renewal: How Churches Are Saving Our Cities with Dr. Tony Campolo, professor emeritus at Eastern and renowned sociologist and Christian leader. Bruce has also authored If Jesus Were A Sophomore: Discipleship for College Students, If Jesus Were A Senior: Last Minute Preparations for a Life of Discipleship, Spotting the Sacred: Finding God in Unlikely Places, and Holy Hunches: Responding to the Promptings of God. His next book, The Promise Effect, will be available for full release later this year.
Bruce graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. He received his Master's in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Doctorate of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Pamela and has three children.
When I take time for personal reflection, I tend to notice that the unseen God has been at work in me, around me, and even in spite of me.
The Master Weaver
Our lives are but fine weavings, That God and we prepare, Each life becomes a fabric planned And fashioned in His care. We may not always see just how The weavings intertwine, But we must trust the Master’s hand And follow His design,
For He can view the pattern From the upper side, While we must look from underneath And trust in Him to guide.
Sometimes a strand of sorrow Is added to His plan, And though it’s difficult for us, We still must understand That it’s He who fills the shuttle, It’s He who knows what’s best, So we must weave in patience And leave to Him the rest…
Not till the loom is silent And the shuttles cease to fly Shall God unroll the canvas And explain the reason why— The dark threads are as needed in the Weaver’s skillful hand As the threads of gold and silver In the pattern He has planned.