Why a young person would want to leave Fort Wayne

It’s funny how a seemingly innocent photo can reveal a cultural fault line. This photo of a sign on Taylor Street in Fort Wayne posted on Fort Wayne Observed was greeted with this response: I think it’s on “This is Why Young People Want To Leave Fort Wayne” Street. That is: Christianity, or a certain […]

What is the most crying need of the church in America today?

Here is how Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, answers the question, emphasizing the importance of cities: I’m throwing in with Jim Boice on this one (cf. his Two Cities: Two Loves.) The evangelical church must stay true to its biblical foundations, and it must maintain and enhance the effectiveness […]

The architecture of altruism

(Jon) An article over on Comment magazine by Calvin College professor James K.A. Smith nicely encapsulates much of what we hope for in Fort Wayne. Below are lots of quotes from Loving our neighbour(hood)s: The architecture of altruism. It’s full of good stuff: The culture of “automobility” engenders a residential architecture where the three-car garage […]

‘Good men are public blessings’

(Jon) There is no such thing as piety that is only private. The following verse is from our public confession at church this morning: “By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.” Proverbs 11:11 ESV If the upright remain hidden behind closed doors […]

Great article: ‘Urban Paradox’

(Jon) Today I have the pleasure of pointing you to an excellent summation of what we’re hoping to accomplish here at The Good City. This article, called “Urban Paradox: Reconnecting Church and the City,” was published in byFaith magazine and written to a more general Christian audience, so it starts with a bedrock Biblical foundation: […]

Welcome nancynall.com visitors

(Jon) Nancy didn’t know how to label us. We don’t really know, either. We’re not just evangelicals, although we believe the Bible wholeheartedly. We’re not just conservatives, because we’re not sold-out Republicans at all. We’re both confessional, we both love cities and we both long for authentic community. Maybe we’re just Kuyper Christians. It was […]

The fallacy of survey-driven theology

Is the American church judgmental, hypocritical and too political? That’s what most young non-Christians think. What should your church do about it? Local blogger Charles Langley asked me to read his post on the book “unChristian” and let him know what I think. I’m grateful he asked. I recommend you go there and read his […]

How to disagree agreeably

Last night’s blogger and politics conference was everything I had hoped for: An opportunity to meet with local bloggers and politicians and to get to know them better, especially while hanging out afterward at J.K. O’Donnell’s. But the evening had its low point. Moderator Nathan Gotsch played gotcha with a local blogger during Gotsch’s 40-minute […]