My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a fanstastic book! Eric Swanson and Sam Williams bring a wealth of practical experience to the issue of city transformation. They argue that seeking the good of our cities is simply an extension of praying what Jesus taught us to pray. Do we really want God’s will to be “done on earth as it is in heaven?” Or is this simply some pious phrase we repeat, without thinking through the implications of what it means to seek the kingdom of God. Swanson and Williams takes key passages from Scripture which depict the “kingdom of God,” and show how this translates into the key values everyone would like to see embodied in our cities. They argue that churches need to work together, rather than being focused on their own growth and development. Their stress on the Body of Christ (local churches in a city) actually acting like a body was refreshing. I have some questions about some of their models, but that will have to wait until another posting.
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