A Theology As Big As the City   -     By: Ray Bakke
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A Theology As Big As the City

Inter-Varsity Press / 1997 / Paperback

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"As we look at the world - class cities around our planet, we face five new urban realities: a crack cocaine epidemic, assault weapons, massive numbers of homeless children, HIV/AIDS and (in the U.S.) what Time magazine has called 'the browning of America.' The needs of the urban population are greater than ever." How does God see the city? What does Scripture have to say about urban ministry? Here is a biblical theology beginning with Genesis and continuing through to Revelation that will constantly surprise and challenge you.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 8 X 5.50 X .50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830818901
ISBN-13: 9780830818907
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"As we look at the world-class cities around our planet, we face five new urban realities: a crack cocaine epidemic, assault weapons, massive numbers of homeless children, HIV/AIDS and (in the U.S.) what Time magazine has called `the browning of America.' The needs of the urban population are greater than ever. . . . As our cities swell with immigrants, I'm reminded that Jesus was born in a borrowed barn in Asia and became an African refugee in Egypt, so the Christmas story is about an international migrant. Furthermore, a whole village full of baby boys died for Jesus before he had the opportunity to die for them on the cross. Surely this Jesus understands the pain of children who die for the sins of adults in our cities." How does God see the city? What does Scripture have to say about urban ministry? These are the questions Ray Bakke has systematically addressed, beginning with Genesis and continuing through to Revelation. Here is a biblical theology that will constantly surprise and challenge as you get a glimpse of how big God's view of the city really is.

Author Bio

Raymond J. Bakke is senior associate of Ray Bakke Associates, a nonprofit organization that partners with those who are passionate about empowering the church to be creatively missional in an urban world. He is the former chancellor and professor of global urban studies at Bakke Graduate University and former executive director of International Urban Associates in Chicago, Illinois.

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  1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    April 6, 2002
    Tim Lovegrove
    This book is a disappointment for those looking for a biblically faithful "theology" for the city. Bakke takes significant liberties with the text of Scripture under the guise of "theological reflection." Conn & Ortiz wrote: "Jumping too quickly from the cities of the twentieth century to the urban vocabulary of the Old Testament can be hazardous to one's hermeneutical health." Sadly, Bakke does not heed this warning. His acceptance of many critical speculations about Scripture is also disappointing. Read Conn & Ortiz's "Urban Ministry" or Greenway/Monsma's "Cities" instead.
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