When the final 2010 Census came in, it made clear that we're not walking away from our lawn tractors and two-car garages anytime soon. Ananalysisof eight metro areas, including Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Austin revealed that in the past decade, 96 percent of the population growth occurred in the suburbs. Some tookgreat exceptionto this analysis, but Brookings' Frey laterconfided, "The sad truth of the matter is that there's really very little information on this back-to-the-city thing, at least from a demographic standpoint."
No doubt this would benefit from some nuancing, but it doesn't change my passion for the city in the least. Nor does it change my conviction that the proportional absence of Christians in the urban cores everywhere should lead Christians to move into the city, despite what demographics are saying (or not saying).
I love the friends God has brought into my life. I met Jeremy & Ashley Parsons over four years ago when we were in the early stages of gathering a core group for Redeemer . They are amazing people, great friends, grace-filled leaders, and people who have leaned on the kindness of God through much change, transition, and turmoil.
Thrilling for me to see the Star run a story on their adoption. Eager to see God move more people in our church family in this way — and eager to celebrate with them when He provides.