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Our City

“The webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight is what the Hebrew prophets call shalom. In English we call it peace, but it means far more than just peace of mind or ceasefire between enemies. In the Bible shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness, and delight—a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as the creator and savior opens doors and speaks welcome to the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things are supposed to be.”

-Cornelius Plantinga, The Way Things Are Supposed To Be

Memphis is our home. We are privileged to live in one of America’s most notable, influential, vibrant, and storied cities. Its history, beauty, people, and opportunities make Memphis our favorite city. Yet, like homes all over the world, she is not without her needs. Like every home inhabited by humans, she can be a paradox – joyful and sad, together and lonely, friendly and cruel, chaos and calm.

Her History

From Memphis Travel website
A Brief History of Memphis

Her Beauty

Check out these websites, which offer ample reasons why everyone should love Memphis!

From the Choose901 website:

Memphis Named for Livability in Wall Street Journal and Forbes
Michael Phillips March 13, 2015

The Wall Street Journal concludes Memphis as a top Millennial destination:

“In a nod to the youngsters, the survey found that the top markets offering “the right live/work/play environment” for millennials were Nashville, Brooklyn, Portland, and Memphis.”

From the “I Love Memphis” website:

Bragging Rights: 11 Reasons To Be Proud of Memphis
Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 7th 2015

  1. Voters in USA TODAY 10 Best reader polls really love Graceland. It’s been named “#1 Best Iconic American Attraction”, “#1 Best Musical Attraction” and “#1 Best Historic Southern Attraction.”
  2. Memphis Zoo is one of America’s 10 Best Zoos according to Fodor’s Travel.
  3. Indie Memphis Film Festival designated as a “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” and a “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine.
  4. Sun Studio named as a “Best Musical Attraction” by USA TODAY 10 Best.
  5. National Civil Rights Museum named “#3 Best Iconic American Attraction” by USA TODAY 10 Best.
  6. Memphis (home of the Memphis Grizzlies) was named as the “Best NBA Destination” by USA TODAY 10 Best.
  7. Stax Museum of American Soul Music named as a “Best Musical Attraction” by USA TODAY 10 Best.
  8. Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous, Payne’s BBQ and Interstate BBQ featured in “Top 10 BBQ Joints in the South” by Expedia.
  9. Beale Street named as “America’s Most Iconic Street” by USA TODAY 10 Best.
  10. Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival rated as the “Best Southern Event” by USA TODAY 10 Best.
  11. Memphis named one of “North America’s Best Padding Towns” by Canoe & Kayak Magazine.

Her Brokenness

We need not be dishonest about life as it really is; Memphis has her problems. We are broken; our city is broken, too. Honesty is health; health is hope.

CNBC’s website (August 6, 2010) listed Memphis (along with Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, Phoenix, St. Louis)  as one of the “10 Worst Places to Live in America.”

Her Hope

When Christ returns all things will be made new and Memphis will finally be whole and happy. Because of the power of the gospel to transform lives, and the places those lives inhabit, we believe the future healing has already begun.

You will often hear us speak of our call to celebrate and accentuate the beauty of Memphis while also helping heal her brokenness.  These values live together.

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