View from the Urban Loft: Developing a Theological Framework for Understanding the City

View from the Urban Loft: Developing a Theological Framework for Understanding the City

by Sean Benesh

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610975148
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2011
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sean Benesh (DMin, Bakke Graduate University) lives in the Pacific Northwest and is the author of Metrospiritual: The Geography of Church Planting (2011). He is involved in urban ministry in the capacity of adjunct professor, researcher, consultant, Director of the Epoch Center for Urban Renewal, and church planting. He blogs regularly on various urban themes and topics at www.theurbanloft.org.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction xix

1 Theological Questions Painted on an Urban Canvas 1

2 Parameters of City-Reaching 13

3 What is a City? 25

4 The Scope of the City 35

5 Origins 48

6 The Ancient World 59

7 God's Template for Urban Living 67

8 Renewing the City 80

9 Jesus and the Ancient Urban Church 95

10 Development of the Modern City 106

11 Layers of the City 116

12 Pilgrims and Place 129

13 Theology of the Built Environment 139

14 High-Density, Walkable, and Bike-Friendly Cities 151

15Pedestrian-Oriented Church Planting 162

16 Authentic Neighborhoods and a Transformed City 173

Afterword 185

Bibliography 187

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