Cities today are big places. Let me put that into perspective. In the first century (when Paul was walking around), the biggest city in the world was supposedly Rome and it had… wait for it… 450,000 people.* The shining beacon of urban accomplishment in the first century, the most radically complex city on the face of the earth, had less than half the people of the medium-sized metro area where I live. I do not point this out to detract from the significance of Rome in its day, but to showcase the unbelievable complexity that exists in cities today.
It is real popular for people today to talk about cities like they all have a specific personality to them. We ask questions, “What’s Baltimore like?” or “Are people nice in Chicago?” as though cities have a fairly homogenous culture. After all, if I mention Nashville right now, you probably begin to conjure up notions of big belt buckles, country music, and maybe coonskin hats (or is that more Knoxville?). That is, unless you are from Nashville and you immediately protest that Nashville is much more than country music. You see my point. Cities are too complex to reduce to one specific culture.
This is a big deal for ministry.
When we think of cities, we tend to think of them like this: CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE>