The Urban Christian, By Raymond J. Bakke and Jim Hart

The Urban Christian

by Raymond J. Bakke and Jim Hart

The Urban Christian
  • Length: 202 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: November 30, 1987
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 0523
  • ISBN: 9780877845232

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  • An Eternity 1988 Book of the Year

There are millions of opportunities for the gospel. With half of the world's five billion people in cities, there is almost no end to the exciting challenges that await us. Ray Bakke has been there. For over twenty years he and his family have worked with and love the people of today's cities, bringing a message of faith and hope. He knows how the city works and how it can be used to the advantage of the gospel. He knows how people hurt too, and he knows how Christianity can heal and make whole.

Now he offers us the basic building blocks we need to live this young, rootless, mobile, media-tuned population. Here is practical, time-tested wisdom on what the church can and is doing in worship, work and witness.

Bakke's biblical perspective is enriched by years of study and worldwide travel. He believes the church can and must train people to live with and minister to the hurting rich and the hurting poor of the city. The opportunities are our for the taking.


1. From the Cowsheds to Chicago
2. The Lord Is Shaking Up the World
3. We Never Did It That Way Before
4. A Theology as Big as the City
5. Building Decision-Making Muscle
6. Into the Community
7. Worship, Work and Witness
8. Bringing up a Family in the City
9. Networking the World
10. Do It Yourself




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Raymond J. Bakke

Raymond J. Bakke (1938-2022) was 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 was the former chancellor and professor of global urban studies at Bakke Graduate University and former executive director of International Urban Associates in Chicago, Illinois.