"To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City" by Mark R. Gornik

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Chapter four of Mark R. Gornik's To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City exemplifies both its greatest weakness and, more importantly, its enduring value. Gornik offers a "reading" of Nehemiah (pp. 127ff), which applies it to the modern task of urban revitalization. Here, as elsewhere, Gornik too blithely interprets Scriptures about the church as speaking to "the city" (pp. 103ff). Nonetheless, he persuasively demonstrates that the Spirit's work in the church is holistic; that is, as he transforms hearts, he transforms lives. Accordingly, the church must be ...

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