Christopher Brooks, Author of Urban Apologetics

Background

This last Wednesday, I stumbled upon a conversation between one of the radio hosts on 1100 AM and Christopher Brooks.

Who is Chris?

Chris is “Campus Dean” at Moody Theological Seminar in Detroit, Michigan.

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Contents

The video offered me a poignant interwoven of faith and specific cities.

  • City Contextualization
    • Economics
    • Theology, Mission Work
    • Education
  • Community of Faith and Cities
    • Historically ran into hurting cities
    • Currently, running from broken cities
  • Faith regain Influential Capital through going back to hurting cities
  • Preachers
    • Not just what we are called to preached
    • But, where we are called to pastor
  • City – Faith figures associated with specific cities
    • Adam – Eden
    • David – Bethlehem
    • Jesus – Jerusalem
    • Paul – Rome ( I must get to Rome )
  • How to address “Economic Woes
    • Poverty Management ( Dependency )
    • Wealth Creation ( Dignity )
  • Christian – Breaking multi-generational poverty
  • Justice
    • Economic Justice
    • Educational Justice
  • Schools
    • Kern Family Foundation gave Grants
    • 24 Schools including Biola and Moody
    • How Scripture impacts
      • Vocational Stewardship
      • Economic Philosophy
      • Financial Ordering of our life
  • Books Cited
    • When helping hurts
    • Toxic Charity
    • The tragedy of American Compassion
    • The good the business does, Robert Kennedy
    • A Revolution in Generosity, Wesley K. Wilmer
  • Food Program at Church
    • 40 to 50 families month
    • 13 to 14 years
    • 95% retention – Original participants still in system
  • Help Progression
    • Sentimentality
    • Economic Renewal
  • Book – When hurting hurts
    • First Time :- Appreciation
    • Second Time :- Anticipation
    • Third Time :- Entitlement and Dependency
  • Case Study
    • Detroit
      • Employment Percentile
        • 54% – Unemployment
        • 46% – Employment
          • 15% – Public Sector
          • 40% – Private Sector
      • Population
        • Highest – 1.8 million
        • Current – 800 thousand
      • Food Stamps
        • 37% receive food stamp
        • City receive 500 million each year
      • Government Role
        • No longer able to evaluate objectively
        • Quasi Parent
      • Babies
        • 12,000 babies born each year
        • 9,000 babies into single family home
  • Wealth Undercurrent
    • Wealth Creation
    • Wealth Management
    • Wealth Distribution
  • Faith’s Role – Called not to embrace capitalism without morality
    • Justice
    • Compassion
    • Mercy
  • Increase Financial IQ of the Faith Community
    • Financial Literacy
    • Education
  • How is wealth created – How money works
    • Education ( + )
    • Employment  ( + )
    • Entrepreneurship  ( + )
    • Emergency Assistance ( – )
      • Makes living in poverty more manageable
  • Churches carries members financial burdens
    • Subsidizing funeral expenses, the result of not talking about
      • Members Will
      • Estate Planning
  • In Summary
    • God’s offer of Redemption
    • Contributing to Eternal Kingdom
    • Losing culture war due to sheer economics
      • Opposition is well funded
      • People of faith contributing and participating in Sin Economy
    • Generosity through Christ’s example

Verses

  • Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
    ( Ephesian 4:28 )
  • A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children ( Proverb 13:22 )

Quotes

Robert Kennedy

  • The honest merchant carries on God works by redistributing the seed the good Lord has distributed unevenly across the Land.  This helps further human relationships

Summary

In closing as you go to God, please continue to consider the city God has called you to seed into.

And, also continue to encourage and wish abiding grace for those that have heeded their calling.

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