Cole Brown’s “Gentrification: Trading Spaces” is a trademark under Humble Beast 101, a collection of classes on social, theological, and cultural topics, brought to you by Humble Beast and Western Seminary.



  • People who have generations of history, community, and experiences in their own neighborhood can no longer recognize their own neighborhood when they walk into it.


  • It is not a coincidence that at the same time that gentrification has reached its peak in America, the number of white evangelicals planting churches and attending churches in the city has also skyrocketed.


  • While the call for evangelicals to love their city is a legitimate one and a valuable one, when Christians try to love their city, without seriously and sincerely taking gentrification into account, Christians fail miserably to love their neighbor.


  • For our purposes today I’m going to divide the affects of gentrification into three categories: practical, emotional, and spiritual – though the truth is they all overlap.


  • The best way to really learn about the emotional affects of gentrification is to ask those who are most affected by it. But for our purposes I’ll share with you the three things I hear most often when I ask the question.


  • As beautiful as Jeremiah 29 is, this passage is not supposed to be applied to white evangelicals. It’s supposed to be applied to the black and brown Christians who are being displaced. That’s the context of Jeremiah 29.


  • White evangelicals were not telling us to love and serve the city when it was predominantly populated by lower-income minorities. We were fleeing from it… White evangelicals started wanting to plant churches in the city and move to the city when? When the city started to become more white.


  • After looking at the history and affects of gentrification, and how the Bible calls us to respond to it, I hope we can all see that gentrification is not just a city planning issue. Or an economic issue. It’s a Christian issue.