- Tapa blanda: 313 páginas
- Editor: Wipf & Stock Publ (1 de agosto de 2009)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1606089463
- ISBN-13: 978-1606089460
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº346.239 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
God So Loves the City: Seeking a Theology for Urban Mission (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 ago 2009
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From the explosive contexts of Nairobi, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and Madras burst fresh insights on the mission of the church for the city. Jude Tiersma and Charles Van Engen worked closely with an international team of experienced urban practitioners to explore the most urgent issues facing those who minister in today's cities. From each particular urban setting, a team member contributed a story from ministry in the city. Each story uniquely illustrates a different challenge of urban ministry in the face of injustice, marginalization, and urban structures. This book brings you these stories, then retells them in light of Scripture, introducing new hope to each one. From these stories emerge new ideas about the nature of cities and how to practice ministry in them. The new methodology employed by Van Engen and Tiersma's team leads us in the first steps toward a theology of mission for the city. God So Loves the City is a must for pastors, seminary students, missiologists, congregation members, and all who are concerned about urban ministry.
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Overall this book was enjoyable and insightful. The inclusion of stories which come from the author’s lives and ministries added a personal element to the book. The stories prevented the book from becoming a pedantic academic exercise and allowed this book to become an interesting and applicable exploration of doing mission out in the real world. One chapter which stood out in my eyes was Mary Thiessen’s chapter “When we are dying in the city: Three sources of life.” In this chapter she tells the story of a ministry which is falling apart from the inside. In the section on context she examines the way these types of ministries end up dying. Her rereading of scripture shows us how the Holy Spirit brings vitality to those who are carrying out His mission. She then takes these insights and applies them to the story given in the beginning. It is chapters like these which are so practical and theologically informed that show that the method Charles Van Engen outlines in chapter eleven is a useful method for creating a theology of mission in the city.