Sidewalks in the Kingdom (Christian Practice Of Everyday Life Series)
Christians often talk about claiming our cities for Christ and the need to address urban concerns. But according to Eric Jacobsen, this discussion has remained far too abstract. Sidewalks in the Kingdom challenges Christians to gain an informed vision for...
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Christians often talk about claiming our cities for Christ and the need to address urban concerns. But according to Eric Jacobsen, this discussion has remained far too abstract. Sidewalks in the Kingdom challenges Christians to gain an informed vision for the physical layout and structure of the city. Jacobsen emphasizes the need to preserve the nourishing characteristics of traditional city life, including shared public spaces, thriving neighborhoods, and a well-supported local economy. He explains how urban settings create unexpected and natural opportunities to initiate friendship and share faith in Christ.Helpful features including a glossary, bibliography, description of New Urbanism, and companion website (www.sidewalksinthekingdom.com) make this book ideal for study groups. Pastors, city-dwellers, and those interested in urban ministry and development will be encouraged by Sidewalks in the Kingdom.
"The churches have been reluctant to take on contemporary culture. Not so Eric Jacobsen, who tackles the most difficult and hopeful issue--centering the city around the church. Eric is a knowledgeable guide, a practical soul, and a most engaging writer."-Albert Borgmann, author of Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology"This book offers one of the most robust defenses of the public, the communal, the shared that I've ever read. It is a powerful riposte to the privatizing creed of our age, and it makes painfully clear how much of our contemporary life is not only un-Christian, but uninteresting as well."-Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Enough"Eric Jacobsen presents both an earnest and passionate set of reflections on the city and its significance to human spirituality. He combines theory, theology, and practice in a way that can help people gain a new understanding of their own relationship to their own cities."-Daniel Kemmis, author of The Good City and the Good Life"This is a book I have been needing for a long time! What I find in the book has kept its promise too! We as Christians who live in cities and towns have a mandate to work toward making the streets and squares and parks in our cities not only safe but humane and people-friendly. Jacobsen has given some very helpful biblical guidelines for architects, pastors, city planners, and ordinary citizens too. I am enthusiastic about his book."-Earl F. Palmer, University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, Washington
Eric O. Jacobsen (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is adjunct professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He previously served as associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Missoula, Montana. Jacobsen is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He is the author of Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith and the editor of The Three Tasks of Leadership
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