To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Sep 17, 2002 - Religion - 261 pages
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Foreword by Miroslav Volf

Preface by LaVerne Stokes

How are Christians to understand and respond to our distressed inner-city communities? Building on both the perspective of God's new creation and the view from the neighborhood, Mark R. Gornik'sTo Live in Peace shows how the life of the church, the strategies of community development, and the practices of peacemaking can make a transformational difference.

Centering the book is the story of Baltimore's New Song Community Church, a church that stands as a witness to what can happen when the risks of the gospel are taken. Engaging with a wide range of theological and missiological perspectives, Gornik demonstrates how placing blame for the current conditions of life in the inner city on the residents themselves fails the test of critical analysis and the witness of Scripture. Yet his proposals also show ways that the church can work with the community to overcome structural obstacles to human flourishing.
 

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Contents

THIS LITTLE LIGHT
xv
URBAN FAITH MATTERS
1
INNER CITIES AND THE NEW AMERICAN CITY
2
THE GOSPEL IN ACTION
6
THE CITY THE GOSPEL AND DISCIPLESHIP
23
LOOKING AHEAD
31
EXCLUDED NEIGHBORHOODS
35
THE MAKING OF AN INNERCITY NEIGHBORHOOD
38
OUT OF THE RUINS
127
ENGAGING NEHEMIAH
131
DYNAMICS OF COMMUNITY REBUILDING
148
REBUILDING IN THE SPIRIT
159
SINGING A NEW SONG
163
THREE RS PLUS ONE
167
WHERE JUST TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED
172
NO MORE VACANT HOUSES
175

THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS ON THE CREATION OF URBAN SPACE
50
THE CORNER AND THE STORY OF SALVATION
57
A CHURCH OF THE STREETS
65
THE KINGDOM LIFE OF THE CHURCH
67
THE COMMON LIFE OF THE CHURCH
74
THE WITNESSING LIFE OF THE CHURCH
90
THE THINGS THAT MAKE FOR PEACE
97
SEEK THE PEACE OF THE CITY
100
CREATING SPACES OF GODS PEACE
110
PRESENCE PRAYER AND PUBLIC ACTIVITY
114
THE DIFFERENCE OF PEACEMAKING
121
EXPANDING A HOLISTIC VISION
181
THIS FAR AND MUCH FURTHER TO GO BY FAITH
191
THE FUTURE OF THE INNER CITY
197
SIGNS OF THE CHANGING INNER CITY
198
THE RICH MAN LAZARUS AND THE DIVIDED CITY
204
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
208
DEFINING RESPONSIBILITY
227
BUILDING ON FAITH LOVE AND HOPE
231
NOT IN VAIN
237
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Mark R. Gornik is the director of City Seminary of New York.

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