Episode 10: Where the Gospel Meets Gentrification

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Synopsis: Christians say they believe in loving the poor, but what happens when the poor don’t adopt our agenda? A story about preferences, power and good intentions gone wrong.

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CREDITS

This episode was produced and mixed by Rachel Szabo. Additional editing by Janelle Dawkins. This episode was written by Rachel Szabo with Jesse Eubanks.

Senior Production by Jesse Eubanks.

Hosted by Jesse Eubanks and Rachel Szabo.

Soundtrack music from Lee Rosevere, Sojourn Music, Poddington Bear, Scott Holmes, Murphy DX and Wooden Axle.

Thank you to our interviewees: Jordan Alberry, Bryce Butler, Mary Owsley and James Westbrook.

RESOURCES

Fastest Gentrifying U.S. Cities

The Down-sides of the “Back to the City” Movement

Is Gentrification Really a Problem?

“There Goes the Neighborhood” podcast

Seed to Oaks

Reading List:
When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
Restoring At-Risk Communities by John M. Perkins
Tradecraft: For the Church on Mission by Caleb Crider and Larry McCrary

Comments 1

  1. Wow! I love the transparent and self-reflection that occurred in this conversation. Its very true, the community in which we seek to transform, the people who live there, rarely get a seat at the table when it comes to development or ideas for improvements in the community. While this is a candid conversation from the caucasian perspective, affluent African-Americans could be caught up in the same mindset.

    It was brought to my attention at Legacy Conference this year: “God is working in our inner city community. He’s already present. We’re just seeing where we can jump in. (John 10:16). Our job is speak where He wants to. The Kingdom is bigger than the church. Someone has already been planting and watering the people.” Community is what we have to get back to (similar to Acts). With prayer, intentional actions led by the Holy Spirit’s guidance; with God nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37).

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