Rudy Rasmus is an author, and global humanitarian with a passion for outreach to the world’s poorest citizens. Rudy Rasmus is also the pastor of the St. John’s United Methodist Church located in Downtown Houston that began with 9 existing members in 1992. St. John’s has grown to over 9,000 members.
He attributes the success of the church to a compassionate group of people who have overcome the challenges of classism, sexism, and racism and building bridges of unconditional love, universal recovery, and unprecedented hope. A recent in-house poll revealed the number one reason people attend St. John’s is because they can “feel the love” from the parking lot to the pew.
His church is also a Shalom Zone Site that works for community development in the city of Huston. Recently he visited Drew University where he gave a couple of lectures on love and compassion. In regards to the Shalom Zone in his area, pastor Rudy says, “Our Shalom Zone in Huston Texas is doing great. Shalom is peace and the one thing that we are attempting to do is not only live in peace with the community around us but to be an example of peace for those who are encountering us for the first time.”
Pastor Rudy believes that Matthew 25, the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats lays out the framework for the community development in his Shalom Zone in Huston, Texas. “Community development really begins focusing on the least of those considered the most marginalized in your community,” pastor Rudy remarks. “Once you identify that area of pain in your community then you begin to move resources in that direction and know that God will meet you in that effort,” he concludes.
Rudy Rasmus will release his forth book in July of this year titled, “Love, Period: Loving Those Who Are Not Like You.” Rudy shows us how to love people who are not like us. He says:
Love without conditions…acceptance that will change the world. Every one of us wants to be more than just accepted. By truly understanding what Jesus meant when He said love is the greatest commandment of all, we learn how to love people of different races, backgrounds, economic statuses, those who are physically or mentally challenged, dependent. Love. Period. is a message demonstrating the only way we get that kind of love is by giving it to others.
Watch the video below where pastor Rudy spells out the word LOVE introducing his new book, “Love, Period: Loving Those Who Are Not Like You.”
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