The gospel is good news for the city. This is the subtitle of Christopher Brooks Urban Apologetics. Much has been written, even from an evangelical perspective, about urban and inner city ministry that tends to default to an emphasis on “social justice,” however defined. In the minds of some people “social justice” is a euphemism for greater supportive services and more federal dollars. This is not to infer that there is no place for funded services. But, important as these may be, this is not the gospel. Brooks departs from this call for governmental intervention and actually takes the gospel seriously.
The author boldly tackles issues that trouble the inner cities. He is taking names. Brooks confronts the issues of sexual immorality, abortion, and ethical behavior, to name a few, from a perspective that is theological, biblical, and emanates from a God-centered worldview. Though he may not make friends with statements like this, he certainly speaks the truth; “There is a growing sentiment in our society that the acceptance of homosexuality is the civil rights movement of our day” (p.76); and; “Far too many Christians have unfortunately made the mistake of exchanging personal evangelism for partisan electoral victories” (p. 79).
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