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Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith

Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith

by Eric O. Jacobsen, Eugene Peterson
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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 include a glossary, a bibliography, and a description of New Urbanism. Pastors, city-dwellers, and those interested in urban ministry and development will be encouraged by Sidewalks in the Kingdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587430572
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2003
Series: Christian Practice of Everyday Life Series
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Eric O. Jacobsen 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction--A Trip to Bernice's11
Part 1Thinking about Our Cities17
1.Broken Promises: Sprawl and the American Experience19
2.From the Garden to Jerusalem34
3.Waiting for Jerusalem46
4.Learning to See Our Cities: A Theological Approach63
Part 2Markers of the City75
5.Public Spaces and Incarnational Ministry77
6.Mixed Use, Pedestrian Scale, and the Whole Person86
7.Beauty, Quality, and Other "Nonessentials"99
8.Local Economy and the Permanence of Place116
9.Critical Mass and Making Friends128
10.Strangers and Hospitality138
Conclusion--Seeking the Welfare of Your City153
Appendix ACity Words--A Constructive Glossary167
Appendix BCity Reading174
Appendix CCharter of the New Urbanism180

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God instructed Jeremiah, 'Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will have welfare' (29:7). Imagine creating an approach to church life, church growth, and evangelism based on seeking the welfare of the city--the city (or neighborhood) that your church represents? Imagine. Eric O. Jacobsen in Sidewalks in the Kingdom gives us a blueprint for considering the welfare of the city. Jacobsen builds a case for Christian communities to take an interest in the urban centers where many churches are located. He points out that we have been relying on the false gods of individualism, independence, and freedom, worshipping at the feet of gods that come in the name of American values. Granted not everyone lives in an large urban setting--even Jacobsen writes on urbanism as a pastor, not in NY City or Detroit, but of the First Presbyterian Church in Missoula, Montana. Nonetheless, Sidewalks is worth the reading, if only to help you develop your own theology of the city or town you live in or near. Sidewalks shifts the discussion from 'how do we grow our church?' to a more biblical mandate, 'are we looking out for the welfare of the city?'