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by Jon M. Dennis

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Author: Jon M. Dennis
ISBN: 1433536870
ISBN13: 978-1433536878
Language: English
Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (April 30, 2013)
Pages: 208
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Christ + City by Jon Dennis is an exceptional theological study of God's great purpose in redeeming cities for His glory.

Christ + City by Jon Dennis is an exceptional theological study of God's great purpose in redeeming cities for His glory. Jon Dennis is a veteran urban pastor of the city of Chicago and offers sage wisdom from his history of pastoring and co-founding Holy Trinity Church in downtown Chicago. Christ+City if a book that should not be ignored. There is a reason why we seeing an emphasis and a focus toward urban ministry. There is such great need! If you want to do further studies I recommend Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City by Timothy Keller and Why Cities.

In this "urban manifesto," pastor and author Jon Dennis argues that the greatest need of our day is for the transformative news of the gospel to enliven the cities of the world. For the first time in history, over half of the world's population lives in cities, and yet evangelicals make up only 2% of many major urban populations.

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Christ + City: Why the Greatest Need of the City Is the Greatest News of Al. In this urban manifesto, pastor and author Jon Dennis argues that the greatest need of our day is for the transformative news of the gospel to enliven the cities of the world.

Christ + City: Why the Greatest Need of the City Is the Greatest News of All. by Jon M. Dennis. Dennis powerfully highlights God’s special love for cities, exploring important issues related to city-dwelling and offering real-world advice for reaching urbanites.

Learn more: crossway. Pastor Jon Dennis calls Christians to reach city-dwellers through passionate proclamation and whole-life engagement.

Jon Dennis loves Chicago and the cities of the world-because such are what Christ loves. And in Christ + City he calls the church not to an Exodus, but a gospel-driven Eisodus back into the city. Pastor Dennis’s years of experience since founding Holy Trinity Church and it’s numerous congregations and ministries; his profound theological understanding of the church and its ‘ultimate urban future;’ and his knowledge of the modern city and the writings of the urban philosophers and theorists, have given us a book that is radically biblical and, therefore, prophetic and visionary.

Over half of the world's population now lives in cities, but the gospel has not yet flourished in many important urban centers. Dennis calls Christians to reach city-dwellers through passionate proclamation and whole-life engagement. ISBN13: 9781433536878. Release Date: April 2013.

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Christ + city : why the greatest need of the city is the greatest news of all by Jon M. May 2013. What others are saying. Over half of the world’s population now lives in cities, but the gospel has not yet flourished in many important urban centers. modern, elegant, and moving. love how the clouds are opening up to reveal the city below. Christ + City (eBook).

Why does God seem to be calling so many people to cities? How should we think about and engage with the cities of the world?

This book not only reveals to us a revolutionary opportunity, but also explains why God loves cities, how and why we should live in them, and what we can do to reach them for his glory. Speaking to practical issues such as sex, ethnicity, and raising children in an urban setting, this stirring treatise helps us to take seriously the majesty and authority of the risen Christ.

Anyone who wants to follow God more deeply and radically in this new generation will benefit from Christ + City. It’s written to show us all―urbanite or non-urbanite, Christian or skeptic, single or married, city-lover or city-hater―a vision for growing spiritually and for joining in God’s global movement to bring true, lasting, gospel-centered change.

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Duzshura
Christ + City by Jon Dennis is an exceptional theological study of God's great purpose in redeeming cities for His glory. Jon Dennis is a veteran urban pastor of the city of Chicago and offers sage wisdom from his history of pastoring and co-founding Holy Trinity Church in downtown Chicago. Christ+City if a book that should not be ignored. There is a reason why we seeing an emphasis and a focus toward urban ministry. There is such great need! If you want to do further studies I recommend Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City
by Timothy Keller and Why Cities Matter by Stephen Um and Justin Buzzard.

In the opening pages Dennis identifies that an urban ministry mindset is not opposed to reaching unreached people groups or contrary to reaching rural and suburban communities. Rather, Dennis is simply focusing on the opportunity of reaching urban communities with this book. He writes, "Our most urgent need today is for the gospel to awaken the urban generations...we have an unprecedented urban opportunity (Dennis, loc 102, 112)."

The intent of this book is to stir within hearts a passion for urban centers. Dennis puts the premise this way:

I hope that this book, by God's grace, can be a kind of urban manifesto, a rallying cry for a new generation of global urban Christians who want to give themselves to a radical, gospel-centered, urban Christianity that spreads from city to city and to unreached regions beyond.
Why is reaching cities so important? Dennis argues that cities are a cultural hub for leadership and influence. Relying heavily on studies from men such as Ed Glaeser (The Triumph of the City) and Richard Florida (The Rise of the Creative Class) Dennis demonstrates the global influence major cities possess. With all this research in mind, Dennis then creatively develops a study on how Christians ought to view urban living.

This book is staged into four parts: 1) Foundations of City Understanding - Our direction, 2) God's Heart for the City - How Cities Change, 3) Issues in City Living - Learning to Thrive in the City, 4) Strategic Principles and Actions - Reaching the City

In part one, Dennis begins by re-calibrating our hearts from living for the city and towards living for Christ. He utilizes John's picture from the book of Revelation of the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven in order to accomplish this re-calibration (Chapter 1). He emphasizes the impermanence of all of today's large cities and reminds us what our greatest longing ought to be. This longing is for God's permanent city, the New Jerusalem. In this new city all things will be renewed. "The arrival of the new city means a reversal. Pain, death, suffering and abuse will all be removed, and God will make all things right (Dennis, 415)." This city will be the place where God's people will be present before God. This makes for an important point of reference. Unless we care about the urbanites now and bring the gospel to them, perhaps our New Jerusalem will be populated by a rural and suburban community. After all, "No one will be in the new city unless that person is changed by the gospel and made new as well (Dennis, loc 427)."

He continues part one by reflecting back to the first urban story, the Tower of Babel (Chapter 2). At Babel the people gathered and built a city and a tower. The Babel story reminds us that cities can be a place of human ambition and achievement. When God came down to Babel and looked upon their work he did not see their great achievement he saw the motive for why they came and built this city and tower. Dennis summarizes the lesson of the text in this way, "Babel tells us that God cares why we come. God cares deeply about the aspirations of the Human heart. Babel reminds us that the most important project of all is not the sum total of our human building or straining, but our humility and dependence (Dennis, loc 618)." People come to cities for all sorts of reasons, but cities don't exist for our purposes. "All cities exist for God - his name, his purposes, his glory (Dennis, loc 630)."

In part two, Dennis examines how cities are transformed. Primarily this takes place through intentional prayer (Chapter 3), gospel preaching (Chapter 4), and investing in the city (Chapter 5). By looking at how Abraham interceded on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah, how Jonah went to Nineveh, and how the Israelites were charged to put down roots in Babylon, we discover a little more of how these disciplines may transform our cities. Each of these chapters have much to offer.

Chapter 3 highlights how prayer for those dwelling in urban communities is essential. Dennis writes, "For the awakened ubranite, prayer isn't a luxury; it's a lifeline. The pace and violence of the city is too intense, the temptations too powerful, the gritty disappointments too strong without a life of prayer (Dennis, loc 788)." Dennis offers five practical suggestions for prayer: 1) Pray the Psalms, 2) Have a Bible Reading Plan, 3) Pray in community and individually, 4) Pray Spiritually, 5) Pray for our cities. Obviously there is so much more offered under each of these headings, but you'll have to discover these insights by reading the book. His section on praying the Psalms is well worth the purchase of this book as well. Dennis clearly has a special passion for the discipline of prayer. Not only does is there a chapter in Christ + City that covers this important subject, but also each chapter of this book closes with a written prayer. The authors example of prayerfulness is noteworthy for us.

Chapter 4 and 5 also have valuable incites. Chapter four discusses the nature of anger within this city. This chapter notes Jonah's own weakness towards anger and highlights how this vice is an important vice to overcome for city dwellers. But the crux of this chapter is the importance of bringing the gospel to our cities. As the author writes, "Cities matter to God... (Dennis, loc 1128)", therefore there is a great need to have men and women willingly enter these cultural centers and proclaim the gospel. Hopefully, it doesn't take being swallowed by a fish for us to understand this premise. Chapter five employs the story of the exile and especially Jeremiah 29 to remind us of God's intent for His people to settle and invest in their community. Dennis provides this rallying call in conclusion, "God is calling today for a movement of radical, cross-shaped urban followers who do more than relocate their jobs and families to cities - they bring their hearts as well (Dennis, 1301)."

Part three covers three matters pertinent to cities: sex (Chapter 6), ethnicity (Chapter 7), and children (Chapter 8). Each of these chapters address important matters concerning these topic which in peculiar connect with urbanites. If you currently live in the city and are looking for good counsel on city life, part three of Christ + City will especially speak to you.

I appreciate how Dennis does not over-characterize city life. His portrayal of these three topics appear to be accurate from this outsider's perspective. Not only this but he is intentional to put on display the redemptive qualities of these topics. For example, in reference to sex and the city, Dennis writes, "One of the greatest joys of pastoral ministry in a city is watching things go right in the area of desire - seeing a young couple meet, fall in love, marry, and decide to follow Christ with their family."

Racial reconciliation is a serious topic within today's church. Many strides must be taken as people throughout the world begin to rehearse the worship that will take place in heaven. This worship will be diverse, made up of people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. Chapter seven on ethnicity is an excellent primer for this discussion. Dennis argues that the city is an ideal place to model harmony within the diversity that exists. Dennis boldly makes his point, "...if we attempt to take race out of the picture, we actually dim the beauty of the gospel (Dennis, loc 1839)."

Many people object to raising children within a large metropolis. In chapter eight Christ + City undertakes this objection. This chapter goes beyond the practical application to cities. Any parent would benefit from the biblical teaching in this chapter. Emphasizing the importance of honor and obedience, Dennis sets an excellent pattern for parenting in the city. He says, "When both obedience and honor are present in a home, they sound forth a compelling message all around. They show the kind of gospel-changed lives that are needed right at the heart of our cities (Dennis, loc 2142)."

Part four constitutes the final two chapters on reaching the city. These two chapters call for a movement of people to reach the city for the glory of God. In chapter nine Dennis reminds us that there is a city within every city. That city consists of citizens of God's heavenly kingdom. "The most important city in the world is simply God's people (Dennis, loc 2249)." In order for citizens in our large metropolis to see and be confounded by Christ the heavenly citizens in their midst must shine as light for those people. He warns, "You and I shine only because Christ - the light of the world - shines within us. We are not the power source; the Son of God is (Dennis, loc 2321)."

Chapter ten concludes the book by describing how God uses movements to move his purposes forward. He gives six principles that movement are built on. They are: Worship, the Spirit, the Word, Community, Leadership, and City. At the epicenter of any movement is the person of Christ. This book does well to maintain a Christ-centered focus. So as Christ + City concludes Dennis reminds us, "My city, your city, all cities - they exist for Christ. May God, through his Holy Spirit, keep deepening this awareness in our souls (Dennis, loc 2622)."

Christ + City has the opportunity to stir the hearts of many to step in faith and join a growing movement of people who wish to redeem the city for the God of all cities. I hope you read the next section of this review about my response to this book, so you can understand how sincerely I mean that statement.

Jon Dennis, a pastor of Holy Trinity Church in downtown Chicago, has written a moving book that hopefully will inspire many to go and bring the gospel of Christ to urban centers everywhere. Pick up a copy of this book today!

This is an honest review sponsored by the budget of Joey Cochran, who purchases a couple of books a month in addition to the books sent to him from excellent gospel-centered publishers such as Crossway. Read more book reviews by Joey Cochran at [...]
Gold Crown
I really enjoyed reading this book. I felt like Jon Dennis was speaking from experience here. This is a great book to hand to someone if they want to know why we need more Christians to move into and stay in their cities for the sake of the gospel. Good read.
Quendant
The trend of writing about the city has just begun to catch fire. Books like Tim Keller's Center Church and Stephen Um and Justin Buzzard's Why Cities Matter are just a couple of the growing collection of books being written today addressing the trends of the city, significant of cities, and what it means for the Christian church today. Jon Dennis, too, puts his ideas into the growing conversation with his book Christ+City: Why the Greatest Need of the City is the Greatest News of All.

Unlike the other books which try to address the city from many different angles, this book seems to take a particular vantage point on behalf of Christians. Jon Dennis described this in a recent Interview with Um & Buzzard from The Gospel Coalition; he was/is looking to equip his people with a healthier, more biblically-based understanding of the city. Essentially, this book is written with the intention of equipping his believers (and whoever else would care to listen) with a theology of cities and a hope for cities being renewed by the Gospel.

He speaks a lot about the potential for city renewal and building the expectancy for God to do something in their midst. He speaks a lot on the unique opportunities we have with this growing trend and that we ought to be adapting to it to remain effective in the future.

While there are many books on cities & Christianity being published, I think this one is useful and will help keep a particular eye on how the Gospel is the answer to many of the issues unique to cities (and all the issues we ought to be addressing). Take some time to pick it up, read through it, and pray to God what your involvement ought to be; people are headed to the cities in record masses, the Gospel ought to be in their midst as they do so.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes by Crossway Publishing. I was not required to post a positive review and the views expressed in this review are my own.
Dakora
Great book, the topic is so important right now, for me a great resource!
Weiehan
I felt like this book had a great idea, but never really hit the mark. Developing a biblical theology of cities, talking about how to be godly in a city, and city concerns of suburbanites didn't really meet the need the title presented. Very disappointing.
Whitehammer
A number of flawed "Gospels" have gone forth into the urban context because Christians have misunderstood or ignored the clear teaching of Scripture regarding the sufficiency of Scripture, Christ, and the Gospel. This graciously counters this error. Good read.
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