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City on a Hill: Reclaiming the Biblical Pattern for the Church

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We are now living in post-Christian times, when Christianity no longer is the prevailing influence on the mind and heart of our culture. But we cannot compromise. More than ever before, it is imperative that Christians understand and embrace the biblical pattern for the church. Philip Graham Ryken knows that the changing face of America makes the need for the church to rem ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Moody Publishers
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Aaron Downs
Jan 21, 2015 Aaron Downs rated it it was amazing
In City on a Hill, Philip Graham Ryken demonstrates that the biblical pattern for the church must remain despite 21st century obstacles. He argues that the biblical model for the Christian life, and for the church, remains unchanged in the face of the culture wars which are re-shaping the worldviews of believers and unbelievers alike. So, this book should be read by Christians seeking to gain a better understanding of their role in the church and the church’s role in the world. But this book is ...more
Ernie Schenk
More Like Reverting to the 1950s Church

The author argued more for tradition than biblical church. It was funny to read how his 1950s style church just happened to fit the "biblical" model needed in the 21st century. At several points I wondered if even Jesus would be allowed in his church because the Jesus I read in the New Testament doesn't fit the authors mold.

Consider for example the author's endless "expository preaching as the ONLY biblical way to preach" mantra. I read the New Testament an
Mar 11, 2013 Vaughn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
City on a Hill begins with an introduction to postmodernism. Ryken identifies these "post-Christian times" as being characterized by relativism and narcissism. In order to overcome those forces and to be a remedy to society, the church needs to return to the model of the 1st century church - a church that was modeled on teaching, worshiping and caring. These three forces, when combined, caused the church to grow. Ryken identifies seven objectives for the church: expository preaching, worthy wors ...more
May 26, 2015 Jeremy rated it it was ok
This book was about 10 times too long. The Author was able to make his point usually within a few pages into each chapter, but then proceeded to fill up the rest of the chapter with things that actually seemed to weaken his main point! I also think the author tries really hard to come across as humble, but he doesn't get close. He comes off as wishing for the good ole days, and luckily for us readers, he has the solution for today's problems! Just follow his interpretation of the Bible and Ameri ...more
Andrew Canavan
Aug 26, 2013 Andrew Canavan rated it it was amazing
This book is a really excellent biblical, theological, and practical introduction to what the church should be in a post-Christian culture. I'm a little biased because the author was the senior minister of my home church and the outline of the book is basically that church's mission statement. Still, it is an accessible and comprehensive portrait of a biblically healthy church. I can see this book being great for officer training or for a new member's class.
CJ Bowen
Very solid intro to basic church ministry. Ryken unapologetically affirms the primacy of word and sacrament ministry, bolstered by small groups, personal discipleship, and mercy ministry. The final chapter stresses the church's need for the gospel in all aspects of her life.
Job Dalomba
Dec 31, 2012 Job Dalomba rated it really liked it
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Philip Graham Ryken is Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where he has preached since 1995. He is Bible Teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken was educated at Wheaton College (IL), Westminster Theological Seminary (PA) and the University of Oxford (UK), from which he received his doctorate ...more
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