The following is an excerpt from my latest MB Herald book review:
Tim Keller, Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City
Diversity, innovation, busyness, people, poverty, prosperity,
development, density, spirituality, culture: a lot happens in cities.
Cities are a mosaic of people with countless perspectives on life and
culture. Cities are expanding, and along them urban culture. City
culture is becoming a global culture. Called to be salt and light in the world (Matthew 5:13–16), Christians need to engage this urban reality. Tim Keller’s latest book, Center Church, offers an inspiring vision for such engagement.
For those expecting a model for ministry based on Keller’s own Redeemer
Church, this book is not for you. This is no “church in a box” program
for urban ministry, but a theological vision that “is a faithful
restatement of the gospel with rich implications for life, ministry, and
mission in a type of culture at a moment in history.” And for Keller,
the city’s time is now.
(Read the rest here)