Godopolis - City of Blinding Lights - John Van Sloten

January 20, 2008

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we’re going to talk about the city. Why an urban world God?

“Macionis and Parrillo suggest that the city “is a dynamic entity unto itself, the most powerful drawing card in human history. In 1900, cities were home to just 9 percent of the world’s population. In 1950, cities were home to 30 percent and then to 47 percent in 2000. If present
trends continue, by 2025 cities will be home to 58 percent of humanity.”
John Macionis and Vincent Parrillo, in Cities and Urban Life

“The city in its complete sense, is a geographical plexus, an economic
organization, an institutional process, a theater of social action, and an aesthetic symbol of collective unity. The city fosters art and is art; the city creates the theater and is the theater. It is in the city, the city as theater, that man’s more purposive activities are focused, and work out, through conflicting and cooperating personalities, events, groups, into more significant culminations.”
Lewis Mumford (1937). “What is a City?” Architectural Record 32, November.

"God made the city to be a developmental tool, a form of cultural
'gardening', designed to draw out the riches he put into the earth,
nature and the human soul at creation. Even after the fall, cities are
places of 'common grace' though each factor also now
can be used (and is!) for evil purposes."
Tim Keller, Pastor Presbyterian Redeemer Church, New York City

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
The Heavenly City, seen by the Apostle John in Revelation 21:1-5, NIV

Godopolis Homework for Part 2

“As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD Almighty, in the city of our God: God makes her secure forever.”
Psalm 48:8

OK, here’s the ‘seeing God more via the city’ exercise.
1. Think of one positive way you most actively engage the urban context; that one thing that’s uniquely you. (ie: what you do at a school, hospital, in a city park, downtown, as an engineer, in a specific relationship, role, whatever...)
2. What makes the city the best place for this activity to play out? Why can this only happen in an urban context? (note specific reasons; the market, facility locations, environmental factors, etc...)
3. How does the urban context allow this activity to flourish/excel? (again be as specific as you can)
4. How does doing this activity make you more fully you? (what traits are developed, how do you grow, how is your life enlarged, encouraged, enabled?)
5. How does becoming more fully you help you know God(your maker) more? (how do the traits from the previous question reflect who God is? Is the good thing in you like a good thing in God?)
6. How does thinking this way change your life?

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City of Blinding Lights - U2


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August 10, 2012
Amazing job.. and for that y0 y0s comment.. City of blinding lights is a song about U2s first tip to USA in the 80s and they were blwon away by the lights.. Not a tribute to 911.. Good Work who made this.. LIveing in Calgary, and loving every second of it
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December 18, 2010
Way to completely use the song out of context. City of Blinding Lights is a tribute to the people of New York in the aftermath of September 11th.

There is no way to compare Calgary to New York, what the people there suffered was terrible and we mean no offence. All cities have their problems and people who live there can be hurt in many ways, Calgary is no exception.

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December 01, 2010
Canada is the best country in the world, and Calgary is beautiful city.
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November 30, 2010
Weak people tend to dislike Calgary because it is a city of many oppourtunities and very few handouts. You welfare sucking types do better in BC.
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November 28, 2010
I have lived in Calgary since I was 7, the salaries suck there are no jobs... and those buildings have a bunch of conformist middle aged old people.. ugly old people.. this city has no youth, everything in downtown closes at 5pm this city SUCKS!!! its the sh***est city in the world and i hate it!!! BOO Calgary!!

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September 25, 2009
I would like to go just to see the Hart family dungeon :D

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June 19, 2008
nice vid worth watching... my brother is going to calgary in a month... we are from Mexico!
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