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August 17, 2004

Urban Design

Today I came across Christopher Leeson's Urban Design in His Kingdom on the PCA's web magazine, ByFaithOnline.

"Our God wants us to be consumed with praise for him, and the Psalms are filled with various ways to communicate that praise. He instructed artisans and craftsmen to praise him with the Tabernacle. The possibilities for creative forms of dwelling are endless, and the unique and thoughtful ways to inhabit this earth are ways to give Him praise. We should commission architects, landscape architects, engineers, and planners to design and build cities that are works of art worthy of our God. Although in this day and age we have an inclination to experience God and His presence in nature, there are artful moments in cities, either with beautiful scenes of architectural color, an incredibly placed axis, a wonderful aroma, or amidst seas of strangers we expand our understanding of the mercies of God."

--Christopher Leeson

It's a good read, especially as a followup to yesterday's post.

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Hi Tulipgirl,

An occasional reader here. I followed a blog from a blog from a (well, you get the picture) here and have enjoyed many of your posts. If you're interested in hearing some great teaching on God's view of the city, I'd encourage you to head to Redeemer PCA's website (redeemer.org ?) in Manhatten and find Tim Keller's sermons on the city. They're available on MP3 dowload. Just supurb!

Jami M.

Posted by: Jami at August 20, 2004 05:18 AM

Here's the link to the sermons I mentioned:

http://www.redeemer2.com/about/values/index.cfm?fuseaction=city

Posted by: Jami at August 20, 2004 05:25 AM

Thanks for the link to the sermons!

I like what I've read from Tim Keller--especially this quote.

Btw, your name is really familiar, and I'm trying to place where I might know you (online or offline.)

Posted by: TulipGirl at August 20, 2004 06:16 AM

That is a great quote! Living in an urban area and raising children can take its toll and quotes like that are great to keep coming back to, for inspiration and strength of conviction. If you are who I think you are, *wink* then I used to lurk some on the parentsplace Ezzo board and I emailed you once upon a time to get your perspective on four children in rapid succession. I now have three, 37 months between oldest and youngest. Busy, busy, busy. And trying to decide if we should be done, any brilliant advice on how to make such a decision?!

Jami

Posted by: Jami at August 21, 2004 03:08 PM

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