Renewing the City: Reflections on Community Development and Urban Renewal
Renewing the City: Reflections on Community Development and Urban Renewal  -     By: Robert D. Lupton, Ray Bakke
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Urban ministry legend Robert Lupton, from Atlanta, tackles the story of Nehemiah from 3 perspectives - as biblical narrative, through the Jewish midrash traditions, and as a contemporary analogy for modern urban ministers. His insights and perspectives bring a freshness to Nehemiah's life.

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Title: Renewing the City: Reflections on Community Development and Urban Renewal
By: Robert D. Lupton, Ray Bakke
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 264
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 12 ounces
ISBN: 0830833269
ISBN-13: 9780830833269
Stock No: WW833269

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When an expatriate bureaucrat toured a devastated city, he saw more than ashes and ruins. He envisioned a thriving metropolis where God's people could find safety and community. Likewise, when we consider today's urban challenges, we can be daunted by corruption and despair, or we can see opportunities for rejuvenation, restoration and rebirth. Community developer and urban activist Robert D. Lupton looks to the Old Testament example of Nehemiah as a role model for community transformation and renewal. Lupton sees the book of Nehemiah as the memoirs of an urban developer who transformed a decaying city into a place of security and vitality. Placing Nehemiah's story in juxtaposition with contemporary realities offers encouragement and concrete models for how our own metropolitan environments can be revitalized. Nehemiah's example--and Lupton's--offer guidance and hope for all who would seek the welfare of their cities.

Author Bio

is founder and president of FCS Urban Ministries based in Atlanta, Georgia. His other books include and
Raymond J. Bakke is senior associate of Ray Bakke Associates, a nonprofit organization that partners with those who are passionate about empowering the church to be creatively missional in an urban world. He is the former chancellor and professor of global urban studies at Bakke Graduate University and former executive director of International Urban Associates in Chicago, Illinois.

Editorial Reviews

"The creative use of narrative, linking scripture to modern urban stories, makes Lupton's work stand out from others I have read recently or use in teaching on this topic. . . I warmly recommend this book, which is filled with useful insights but not with 'one-size-fits-all' answers."
In Renewing the City, community developer and urban activist Robert Lupton explores the Hebrew testament example of Nehemiah as a source of direction for contemporary Christian community development. Using both Nehemiah's story and modern day examples that reflect upon lessons learned from Nehemiah, Lupton presents a must read for anyone who is involved in urban work, whether it be faith-driven or otherwise.

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