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How can you present the good news of Christ so that new generations experience God's transforming love?

"There is a great distance between wanting to make a difference for poor people in the inner-city and knowing how to do it. Corbitt and Nix-Early, along with the amazing cast of characters they introduce to you in these pages, have traveled that distance by way of their imaginations and the arts, in the name of Jesus."-Bart Campolo, president, Mission Year

"This helpful book fills a significant gap in the growing literature on holistic faith-based programs."-Ronald J. Sider, president, Evangelicals for Social Action

"This volume is the first of its kind. It will challenge the church to think out of the box as it enhances the growth of God's kingdom in our inner city neighborhoods."-Manuel Ortiz, professor of Ministry and Urban Mission, Westminster Theological Seminary

"A wonderfully innovative and useful book. If church leaders and artists will take its message to heart, good stories will fill the earth. That's a worthy goal in a crazy world."-Charlie Peacock, musician, author of The AWAKE Project, At The Crossroads

"Corbitt and Nix-Early show how vital the integration of the arts is, not only in an individual's life, but in how we relate to one another, and how we build community."-Grace Roberts Dyrness, associate director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California

"Whether artist, urban minister, clergy, student or academic, you will find plenty in Streets to stimulate and challenge you and others around you."-Rudy Carrasco, associate director, Harambee Christian Family Center

J. Nathan Corbitt is professor of cross-cultural studies at the Campolo School for Social Change, Eastern University, and is cofounder and president of BuildaBridge International, a nonprofit arts education organization.
Vivian Nix-Early is dean of the Campolo School for Social Change, Eastern University, and is cofounder and chief operations officer for BuildaBridge International.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801064227
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,175,333
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Nathan Corbitt (D.M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of cross-cultural studies at Eastern University and cofounder of Buildabridge International, a nonprofit arts education organization serving the poor around the world. He is the author of The Sound of the Harvest: Music's Mission in Church and Culture, The Global Awareness Profile, and numerous articles on music, the arts, and cross-cultural issues.

Vivian Nix-Early is dean of the Campolo School for Social Change, Eastern University, and is cofounder and chief operations officer for BuildaBridge International. A clinical psychologist and published author, she is director of youth activities and the church school superintendent for Star of Hope Baptist Church, Philadelphia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Acknowledgments 14
Introduction 16
Pt. 1 The Arts in Redemptive Transformation
1 Taking the Gospel to the Streets: Current Context for the NU JERUZ 39
2 The Language of the NU JERUZ 52
3 The Arts in Redemptive Transformation: A Model for Change 60
4 The Transforming Power of Art: God at Play in the World 74
5 The Artists of Redemptive Transformation 92
Pt. 2 Proclaiming the NU JERUZ: Creating Critical Awareness
6 Arts as a Voice of Justice 123
7 Arts as a Call to Redemption 144
Pt. 3 Building the NU JERUZ: Working It Out
8 Arts as a Community Builder 167
9 Arts as Economic Development 188
10 The Arts in Human Relationships 209
11 Arts as Education 229
Pt. 4 Renewal in the NU JERUZ: Celebration
12 Celebration of Renewal: Dancin' in the Streets 247
Postlude 269
Notes 277
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