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Publication Date: 2013
Paris. Nairobi. Tokyo. Chicago. For the first time in history, over half of the worlds population lives in cities, and yet evangelicals make up only 2% of many major urban populations. In this "urban manifesto," pastor and author Jon Dennis argues that the greatest need of our day is for the transformative news of the gospel to enliven the cities of the world. Dennis powerfully highlights Gods special love for cities, exploring important issues related to city-dwelling and offering real-world advice for reaching urbanites. With Christ-exalting, biblically based insights, this book serves as a rallying cry for a new generation of Christians who are passionate about seeing the kingdom of God take root and flourish in some of the darkest, yet most strategic, places on earth.
Lead Pastor, Fellowship Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
More and more people have zero connection to Christ and his church. And, the vast majority of people who would check 'nothing' under religion overwhelmingly live in urban areas. Christ + City gives us a map to empower local churches who develop disciples who engage their cities with the love of Christ.
Lead Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri; author, For the City and Church Planter: The Man, The Message, The Mission
Jon Dennis provides a pastorally sound and culturally engaged response to questions the church is now asking in the face of rapid global urbanization. More commendably, he answers these questions with an eye toward the application of the gospel to the heart of the 'urban generation.' No matter the geographic locationcity or suburb, high-rise or homesteadChrist + City will serve those hoping to broaden their perspective while deepening their commitment to the gospel.
-Stephen T. Um,
Senior Minister, Citylife Presbyterian Church, Boston, Massachusetts; Adjunct Faculty, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Jon's book will equip Christian urbanites to reach cities for the gospel. He covers a broad spectrum of topics ranging from ambition and sex to ethnicity and children with twenty-first century relevance and biblical insight. My prayer is that it will lead to gospel clarity, encourage gospel living, fuel gospel prayers, and fire up gospel proclamation across the world from Chicago to Christchurch.
Founding Pastor, The Crossing Church, Singapore; President, Project Timothy
Jon Dennis is a pastor, mentor, and visionary leader who has embraced Christ's call to the city. His dynamic ministry in Chicago and his outreach to other global cities across several continents give him a deep understanding of the opportunity that today's urban generation has to reach the city for Christ. In this pervasively gospel-centered book, Dennis combines the faithful exposition of central biblical texts with wise pastoral guidance to help people who live, work, serve, and worship in urban communities to honor God's redemptive purposes for the city.
-Philip Graham Ryken,
President, Wheaton College
Is our view of the city simplistic? Is it overly positive, overly negative? Will our proclamation of King Jesus rise to the challenge of our cities? With evident love for the Lord and His Word, Jon Dennis skillfully helps us answer these questions with clear biblical exposition and straightforward applications, which spur on godly aspirations and zeal for the Gospel. This book is well informed theologically and sociologically, yet practical and compelling. Wholeheartedly recommended.
Pastor, Rue de Sèvres, Rue des Ternes, Paris, France
Jon Dennis has crafted a compelling vision for reaching and restoring our cities. He writes from scripture, he writes from his heart, and he writes from his life. He and his family were already blessing our city day-in and day-out while so many of us were still just thinking about it. Read Christ + City and you will be inspired, equipped, and challenged to follow his lead.
Founding Pastor, Chicago Network Leader, Community Christian Church; author, The Big Idea, Exponential: How You and Your Friends Can Start a Missional Church Movement, and Discover Your Mission Now
Jon Dennis loves Chicago and the cities of the worldbecause such are what Christ loves. And in Christ + City he calls the church not to an Exodus, but a gospel-driven Eisodus back into the city. Pastor Dennis's years of experience since founding Holy Trinity Church and it's numerous congregations and ministries; his profound theological understanding of the church and its 'ultimate urban future;' and his knowledge of the modern city and the writings of the urban philosophers and theorists, have given us a book that is radically biblical and, therefore, prophetic and visionary. Between these covers lie nothing less than the essential strategy for world evangelization.
-R. Kent Hughes,
Author, Disciplines of a Godly Man; Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois
Jon has done a remarkable job of weaving the blessing and benefits of ministry in the city. He hits many of the difficulties head on with honesty and integrity. This is a great book for all Christians.
founding pastor, Lawndale Community Church; President, Christian Community Development Association