- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Monarch Publications (1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1854243926
- ISBN-13: 978-1854243928
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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A Theology as Big as the City Paperback – Import, 1997
More than anything else, A Theology as Big as the City is the story of how one evangelical Christian, Ray Bakke, came to have an urban theology. The questions that Bakke raises and the answers he comes up with are crucial for all Christians, no matter their label, to consider. Bakke has systematically worked his way through the scriptures from beginning to end to see what the bible has to say about the city. (Frank A. Mills, Urban Paradoxes, February 10, 2008) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Modern cities are marked by economic classism and social stratification which are the same injustices for which ancient Sodom was judged. Yet because "God's hands are in the mud" and actively involved with both redemption and re-creation even the most corrupt of cities is eminently redeemable. Bakke believes a principle from Nehemiah, the relocation of a "tithe" of godly people into the urban context would have a profound preservative and regenerative effect on cities. Even the weak, imprisoned and powerless faithful in remarkably small numbers have often transformed entire cities. The task of urban ministry must be viewed soberly yet hopefully. Bakke provides an important antidote to the predominant causes of attrition among urban workers: burnout and compassion fatigue.
Proclamation remains at the center of urban evangelism but the gospel's social implications must be fulfilled.Read more ›
This book is very radical at places and may be over-the-top in some of its conclusions, but its basic argument and many of the principles contained within are excellent. I particularly like the author’s assertion that we need the “whole gospel for the whole city.” Additionally, Bakke led me to some interesting realizations about Scripture passages or stories that I had never realized before. One that will stick with me was that Ninevah’s repentance in Jonah had completely disappeared within 100 years. I had never heard that before.Read more ›
- Dr. Scott Arnold (Flint School of Urban Ministry)
Aside from the misleading title, the book is a great starting point for anyone wondering how God views the city or what scripture says about urban settings. Bakke allows the reader to follow him as he reads through the Bible and to see how a veteran inner-city worker reads scripture and applies it to the urban context. Bakke�s commentary reminded me about God�s love for the city and God�s plan for the city. Too often, Christians have the mindset that the city is inherently dangerous and evil, while suburban and rural settings are inherently good. Bakke unmasks this myth and reminds us of God�s love for the city. When Christians flee the city, the world hears that God does not love the city and it is irredeemable. Bakke proclaims God�s love for the city and especially for the forsaken urban poor. He launches a direct attack on comfortable suburban Christians as they flee the shockingly broken and sinful cities for the suburbs with their hidden brokenness and culturally acceptable sin.
I would recommend this book to anyone contemplating urban ministry or engaged in urban ministry, but I really wish that suburban Christians would read this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I disagreed with a lot of the author's interpretation of Biblical events, especially Acts 2 and 3. However, the overall challenge to focus on our Jerusalems because this is where... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The world is moving to the city.
The tipping point came in 2010 when 52% of the world’s population lived in cities. Read more
I've read so many quotes by Ray Bakke incorporated into the works of other authors engaged in what is known as Christian Community Development. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Byron McMillan
Classic and comprehensive treatment of urban ministry. Must read.Published on October 25, 2014 by William L. Jenkins
It was the first book I read that really helped to understand more fully my calling, and the people I servePublished on October 13, 2014 by Pastor Jay Johnson
Love it and require others to read it too. It was a requirement for school. It is a good read too.Published on April 30, 2014 by Wanda Allen