God Is An Urban Developer

By Michael Joe Murphy
The vision of Isaiah 65:21, "They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit,” reminds me of my friend Frank.
Frank – not his real name – is so proud of his home. He owns it (well, he’s paying a mortgage).
Frank, a prayerful man, was told [...]

By |May 31st, 2013|How to..., People, Personal Stories, Place, Structures|2 Comments

Theology of Place: Live, Worship, Play Together

By Bill Behr
I recently was honored to hear architectural/urban designer Mel McGowan speak at Summit Church.  McGowan, who describes himself as “a card-carrying member of the Supreme Architect’s fan club,” is the president of Visioneering Studios, the nation's leading designer of Christ-centered communities, specializing in architectural evangelism for churches and ministries.
He is the first architect [...]

By |July 21st, 2012|Concepts, Place|0 Comments

You Are the Light

By Phil Hissom
John has lived in Palms Trailer Park for three years. He has seen a lot of rough stuff go down, but he’s also seen the positive changes in the park. I had the opportunity to spend some time with him the other day, and I asked him why he thought things have gotten [...]

By |June 16th, 2012|Assets, Change, Personal Stories, Place|0 Comments

Neighborhood Leading with LaDeitra: Determination and Patience

By Rebecca Lujan Loveless

The Community Center at The Palms Trailer Park bustled with life on a recent cool Saturday morning. This was unusual because up until that week, the trailer that housed the Community Center was open only Monday through Friday. This Saturday, the residents came in and out, using the computers, sitting to chat [...]

By |February 18th, 2012|People, Personal Stories, Place, Structures|0 Comments

Why don’t your neighbors know you?

By Bill Behr

What is a neighbor?  Mr. Webster (the dictionary) says a neighbor is someone who lives (or is located) near another.  The definition of a neighbor as “someone living near me” makes sense.  But is someone “located near me” really my neighbor?  What does “located near me” mean?   Does that mean anyone I meet [...]

By |February 8th, 2012|Change, Concepts, Place|0 Comments

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)

Asking for help at the last minute is a bit lame but that's just what I did to Dan Crain this past Saturday at the first POLIS Institute (www.polisinstitute.org) ABCD training. He graciously helped out - a lot. His help was invaluable. We set up the room for the 17 people who came to the [...]

By |November 17th, 2009|Assets, Change, Commitment, Place|1 Comment