Guns and Grace

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You don’t have to live in Chicago to know about the violence, gun violence and high murder rates concentrated in some of its most economically downtrodden neighborhoods. Sadly, it takes something like the violence in Orlando to move the Chicago stories off the front page of the newspapers. A recent magazine article in the New York Times focused on Chicago’s … Read More

Christian Education and the City: Leaders, Givers, and Planters

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We began this series by giving cultural, missiological, and visceral reasons why engaging the city is essential for the future of K-12 Christian schooling. Why have we chosen to highlight the city in particular? While most American cities have been growing steadily over the last twenty years, Christian schools in the city have been disappearing, and fast. Between 1990 and … Read More

Bright Promise Fund and Chicago: An Innovative Approach to Fundraising in the City

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In an introductory entry for CACE on the topic of Christian schooling in the city, Dan Olson highlighted the cultural, missiological and visceral reasons why urban Christian education will continue to grow in importance.  His piece presents the foundational reasons why cities need Christian education. This entry in the discussion focuses on the issue of affordability and sustainability in urban … Read More

Restoration Academy and Birmingham

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In 1983 the five funerals in his first year of planting a church were too much. Dr. Anthony Gordon, a young African American pastor, was weary and broken from burying teenaged boys from his community- casualties of gang and drug violence.  He recognized that his Sunday morning and midweek services could not compete with the predatory forces devouring his community.  … Read More

A School and a Church at the Heart of a City

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From the author Beth Green of Cardus: My editors have confirmed that certainly you may reprint the blog with the following accreditation at the top of the piece: “This article was originally published by Cardus:” What is it that makes a city? Judging by the ones I’ve visited lately—London, Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Sydney—it is global finance and skyscrapers. When people … Read More

Boston Trinity Academy and Boston

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Boston Trinity Academy educates students from diverse backgrounds in an academically demanding, Christ-centered community, inspiring them to lead lives of faith, integrity, and service. The school’s motto is Via, Veritas, Vita, the way, the truth, and the life, which in our curriculum becomes the integration of faith, learning, and service. We believe that faith alone can be ignorant, that learning … Read More

The City School and Philadelphia

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The city is not as it seems. I moved to Philadelphia as a boy in the late 1980s. My father had been pastoring in rural Ohio, but he grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and my grandfather grew up in South Philly, so I think my family thought this move was going to be some sort of a homecoming. The … Read More

Hope Academy and Minneapolis

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Hope Academy and Education Reform Can we really close the achievement gap between white students and students of color? My experience of working with families at Hope Academy for the last 15 years is that we can.  However, most initiatives to close the achievement gap are based on misleading or superficial understandings of the root of the problem. Most leaders … Read More

Christian Schools and the City: An Introduction

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This summer, Erik Ellefsen asked if I might write a piece kicking off a new series for CACE about Christian Schools in the City. While today I work with The Gospel Coalition, a group aimed primarily at church leaders, I continue to see Christian education as strategic for the gospel’s advance in our nation’s cities. I am not only a … Read More