From Matt Smethurst at The Gospel Coalition:
“Since our world is becoming more urban, there is an undeniably strategic need for healthy gospel churches in cities,” observes [Stephen] Um, pastor of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston and co-author of Why Cities Matter: To God, the Culture, and the Church [interview]. Nevertheless, he insists, just because cities matter does not mean they matter more.
If reaching cultural “influencers” made for automatically superior ministry, what would that say about our Savior? As [Jared] Wilson, pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in rural Vermont, notes, “Jesus went for the scrubs, the left-behinds.”
Listen in on the conversation between Stephen Um, Jared Wilson, and Collin Hansen: