A Theology as Big as the City: The Case for Natural Law
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A Theology as Big as the City: The Case for Natural Law

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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.
Paperback, 221 pages
Published July 7th 1997 by IVP Academic (first published June 1997)
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J.R. Woodward
Bakke contends that if we are going to be faithful to the God of Scripture we must recognize the urbanization of the world and read the Bible with urban eyes so that we might discover a theology that meets the holistic needs of the city.

Bakke gives us a tour from Genesis to Revelation with urban eyes. Bakke starts with the Torah where we see Abraham praying for the city. He uses Moses and his mother to describe urban leadership. He examines the writings and the prophets from an urban perspectiv...more
1. "If you can't tell me where the church has been, you have no business telling me where it ought to go."
2. "God is not defiled by contact with the physical, even contaminated earth."
3. "Moses, Daniel, Esther, Nehemiah...None of them were homeschooled."
4. "To invent incidents which no one believes, in order to enforce lessons which no one wishes to learn, seems teh height of absurdity."
5. "Revival without discipleship is a dangerous thing."
6. "A spirituality without joyful parties won't survive...more
A challenging text for anyone who feels called to the cities of the world. A must read for church planters.
Though peppered with liberal leaning and liberal associations, this book nonetheless has some good things to say. It examines all the passages in the Bible that have to do with the city. It's very helpful in regard to wanting to know whether urban ministry pops up in a certain section of the Bible.
This is a fantastic book. Through reading this book, I rethought many of my former views and conceptions of the city and its many problems. This book explains well how that our cities are meant to be redeemed not forgotten.
Interesting book with many provocative thoughts on the city. Overall I think it is very good but he overstates his case often.
Great resource for those considering inner-city ministry.
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