In this message we’re going to talk about the city. Why an urban world God?
“Macionis and Parrillo suggest that the city “is a dynamic entity unto itself, the most powerful drawing card in human history. In 1900, cities were home to just 9 percent of the world’s population. In 1950, cities were home to 30 percent and then to 47 percent in 2000. If present
trends continue, by 2025 cities will be home to 58 percent of humanity.”
John Macionis and Vincent Parrillo, in Cities and Urban Life
“The city in its complete sense, is a geographical plexus, an economic
organization, an institutional process, a theater of social action, and an aesthetic symbol of collective unity. The city fosters art and is art; the city creates the theater and is the theater. It is in the city, the city as theater, that man’s more purposive activities are focused, and work out, through conflicting and cooperating personalities, events, groups, into more significant culminations.”
Lewis Mumford (1937). “What is a City?” Architectural Record 32, November.
"God made the city to be a developmental tool, a form of cultural
'gardening', designed to draw out the riches he put into the earth,
nature and the human soul at creation. Even after the fall, cities are
places of 'common grace' though each factor also now
can be used (and is!) for evil purposes."
Tim Keller, Pastor Presbyterian Redeemer Church, New York City
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
The Heavenly City, seen by the Apostle John in Revelation 21:1-5, NIV