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Some of the most powerful stories captured by This Is Our City thus far center on Christ-followers making personal—and often costly—decisions to pursue the flourishing of their neighbors and neighborhoods. Their "common-good decisions" together demonstrate Christians' willingness to embed themselves in the structures of society in order to mend them. Their participation in God's renewing work inspires us—and hopefully you—to make your own common-good decisions, wherever you may live. To share stories of your and others' decisions to pursue the common good, e-mail the City team at connect@thisisourcity.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

Common-Good Decisions: When Christians Bless the Cities of God

What happens when Christians sacrificially and creatively love their neighbors and neighborhoods.
Rethinking the $3,000 Missions Trip

Rethinking the $3,000 Missions Trip

When I learned that kids in my city couldn't swim, I started to rethink how much I'd invested in overseas missions.
Furniture Fit for the Kingdom

Furniture Fit for the Kingdom

For Harrison Higgins, building beautiful furniture is not simply a steady job but a sacrament unto God.
Faith in a Fallen Empire

Faith in a Fallen Empire

Detroit's list of maladies is long. But some Christians' commitment to its renewal is longer.
'Daddy, Why Do People Steal from Us?'

'Daddy, Why Do People Steal from Us?'

How I answered the question would prove crucial to addressing racial divides in our D.C. neighborhood.

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Rick Dalbey

May 21, 2013  8:26pm

What I long for is evangelizing the city. By that I mean seeing hundreds of thousands born again as Philip saw in Samaria, or as New York experienced in 1857, shutting down business to pray together at noon, or Portland in 1905 when business closed for 2 hours everyday to sing and pray. Here’s the headline of the Oregon Journal in 1905, “Army of Christians Marches About City," proclaimed front page of March 31, 1905. "At Midnight Nearly Ten Thousand People, Singing Hymns, Proclaim the Power of Revival." The Page 1 story detailed that it was "the unique night of Portland's history - a shaking up such as the town had never known before." 5 days later, the Journal's front page headline was "City Asks for Grace." The story told how daytime business came to a standstill in the city while masses of people elbowed into four of the city's largest auditoriums. Community gardens are good, but eternal life is better. We had a taste of this in the 70s Jesus People movement. Let’s do it again!

Doug Lass

June 11, 2012  10:31am

What if neighbors got together to share a community garden? If there is a vacant lot ask the owner if the neighbors could use it for a vegatable garden, and maybe some flowers! there is a whole lot of possible legal questions that may need to be addressed such as liability insurance, who gets what plot and how to pay for water and electric bills among other things. Maybe this remark will get somebody involved!

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