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, gigantic numbers of homeless childrens, HIV/AIDS and (in the united states) what Time journal has known as `the browning of America.' the wishes of the city inhabitants are more than ever. . . . As our towns swell with immigrants, i am reminded that Jesus used to be born in a borrowed barn in Asia and have become an African refugee in Egypt, so the Christmas tale is ready a world migrant. additionally, a complete village jam-packed with child boys died for Jesus prior to he had the chance to die for them at the go. definitely this Jesus is familiar with the ache of kids who die for the sins of adults in our cities." How does God see the 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 would consistently shock and problem as you get a glimpse of the way giant God's view of the town rather is.
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The urban-versus-rural themes loom always. The prostitute theme of Hosea is urban; the locust plagues of Joel are rural. ) Amos and Haggai evoke contrasting perspectives on urban worship centers. Haggai builds one, and Amos comes off the farm to rail against another. Habakkuk is the urban version of the Job story. Not only do righteous people suffer for no just cause, but apparently very evil cities can be used by God to discipline what appear to be less evil cities. Zephaniah provides hope for God's ultimate justice for all urban refugees, while Micah provides a summary of what I call "Capital City Spirituality": , , ~I 96 - A THEOLOGY AS BIG AS THE CITY What does the LORD require of you?
You've read my reference to Alexander Callow's American Urban History,6 which begins with opening essays contrasting Boston, the public city, and Philadelphia, the private city. Boston was built on the hill to be a light of the gospel, modeling the superior community of the faithful in the wilderness. Philadelphia, by contrast, was a Quaker city that developed from a more privatized, personal spirituality. I muse with the author that it's probably not an accident that Philadelphia became an insurance capital.
They will not toil iuvain or bear children doomed to misfortune', for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them. Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox , but dust will be the serpent's food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain," says the LORD. Remember, this was intended to be an encouragement to urban builders on their way back to renovate Jerusalem.
A Theology as Big as the City by Raymond J. Bakke