a new friend that I met at Fuller — Robert Howe, who is with IV @ Virginia Tech told me about a book – ‘Sidewalks in the Kingdom’. It is on my reading list. Here is what Robert wrote about the book, & urban life, and also ends with a quote from the book:
Sidewalks in the Kingdom articulates my intuitions about the value of urban life while calling Christians to begin seeing ourselves as “city people” as we anticipate our eternal home – not in a garden or clouds in the sky – but in a city, the new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2). Author and pastor Eric Jacobsen traces a biblical theology of the city and then draws out contemporary implications from the perspective of an urban planner. While recognizing negative elements usually associated with urban areas (crime, poverty, etc.), Jacobsen chooses to see the city’s redemptive potential.
“So much of our Christian literature seems to be focused on the question of whether and how we can save our cities. It seems to me that we need to adjust this approach and begin to look for ways that our cities can save us. I mean save here not in the sense of salvation from sin – only Christ can do that – but rather save our souls from the damaging effects of uglification, standardization, privatization, and mass consumerism that have fueled this historically unprecedented appetite for sprawl in this country.”