The Entirely New and Entirely Familiar
A Review of
Center Church : Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City
Hardback: Zondervan, 2012.
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Reviewed by Michaela Flack
A few years back, I found myself serving as a youthwork coordinator at a tiny urban church in the United Kingdom. Having lived there for three years, while completing my Bachelor’s degree, I was excited to find myself finally serving in a church full-time, ready to move into my “urban ministry calling”, listening to Tim Keller’s sermons on a Gospel Vision for the City on the bus ride to work each day. I announced to my pastor that I was planning on moving into the area where our church was (a neighborhood notorious for being the poorest public housing complex in all of the UK) in order to live and work and minister. To my surprise, I was strongly discouraged, borderline commanded from my superior not to do so. It wasn’t safe, he said. So at the end of each day, I went back to my city apartment in the (apparently safe) student area of town, and he went back to his suburban neighborhood. Six months later, with mutual agreement, I left the position and moved back to the States.
Fast forward 6 years. In my research for Tim Keller’s new book, Center Church, I took a look around its promotional website, which includes a video book trailer. Press play, and it’s hard to not be impressed by whichever media art department put this together. Continue Reading…