By Raymond J. Bakke
"As we glance on the world-class towns round our planet, we are facing 5 new city realities: a crack cocaine epidemic, attack guns, huge numbers of homeless little ones, HIV/AIDS and (in the united states) what Time journal has referred to as `the browning of America.' the desires of the city inhabitants are more than ever. . . . As our towns swell with immigrants, i am reminded that Jesus was once born in a borrowed barn in Asia and have become an African refugee in Egypt, so the Christmas tale is set a world migrant. additionally, a complete village packed with child boys died for Jesus earlier than he had the chance to die for them at the pass. absolutely this Jesus knows the ache of kids who die for the sins of adults in our cities." How does God see town? What does Scripture need to say approximately city ministry? those are the questions Ray Bakke has systematically addressed, starting with Genesis and carrying on with via to Revelation. here's a biblical theology that might continually shock and problem as you get a glimpse of ways vast God's view of the town relatively is.
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Never, though, can I remember hearing the story told to motivate and guide Christians to serve in pagan governmental structures. Daniel's secret seems to have come to him early in his palace schooling. Somehovv, this kid (the text indicates that he and his friends were naharim, or teenagers) sorted out faith and culture issues at an early age. He mastered the Babylonian wisdom tradition, while rejecting some Babylonian values. When I served as youth and music director in my first church back in Seattle, Daniel became my model for urban Christian education.
Supervision ofbuilding projects. Temple repair (2 Chron 34:8-13) and altar rebuilding (Ezra 3:1-3). Nehemiah served a stint as architect, contractor (Neh 2:~n and inspector (Neh 2:13). Delivering eulogies at state funerals. C. (2 Chron 35:25). Delivering apologetic messages to unbelievers. Ezra can be seen in a public defense of God's work before a pagan audience (Ezra 8-9). Holding dedication services (Ezra 7:15-17; Neh 12:27-43). Of 66 A THEOLOGY AS BIG AS THE CITY course, the role of religious leaders was significant before the fall of Jerusalem also, but the kings were in the limelight.
17-25) WHAT CITIES OUGHT TO LOOIt LIKE - o o 83 Public health for children and aged (v. 20) Housing for all (v. 21) o Food for all (v. 22) o Family support systems (v. 23) o Absence of violence (v. 25) Put simply; if this is what God says a city ought to look like, and if God's Spirit lives in me, this is what I want Chicago to look like. For me, it's not enough to measure growing churches in the city. This text forces me to look also at the social side effects of churches filled with urban disciples ofjesus.
A Theology as Big as the City by Raymond J. Bakke