Issue 124 Faith in the City

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Christianity in the cities, Did You Know

What did Roman cities look and feel like?

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Letters to the editor, CH 124

Readers respond to Christian History

Editor's note: Faith in the City

Christian city movements, ancient and modern

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Life in the earthly city

Christians advocated for “the Way” in the middle of urban distractions much like our own

Joel C. Elowsky

How they love one another

An excerpt from Tertullian's Apology


Unusual character

The Epistle to Diognetus describes the extraordinary character of early Christians


A bishop’s work is never done

During and after persecution, new complexities challenged church leaders

Helen Rhee

“An expanding circle of love and justice”

We spoke to Katelyn Beaty, editor at large for Christianity Today, on how Christians today interact with their non-Christian neighbors.

Katelyn Beaty and the editors

Healing the city

How Christians helped the sick and poor in the Roman Empire’s cities

Gary B. Ferngren

“The only stumbling block is the cross”

We spoke to Doug Banister, the pastor of All Souls Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, about how his church does urban ministry.

Doug Banister and the editors

Christian History timeline: the tumultuous life of early urban Christianity

The Christian History timeline for the early church in Roman cities

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The things that are Caesar’s

How Christians behaved as citizens, soldiers, and public servants

Rex D. Butler

“The same kind of Christians we have always been”

We spoke to Karen Swallow Prior, author of Booked (2012) and Fierce Convictions (2014) and professor of English at Liberty University, about how Christians ought to live as citizens in the culture.

Karen Swallow Prior and the editors

Christianity goes to town

How Christianity changed the Roman Empire’s urban spaces

Allan Doig

“God has given us the earth as a gift”

We spoke to Jill Sornson Kurtz, a professional architect with a particular interest in designing sustainable buildings for everyday life, on her work as a Christian in the building industry today.

Jill Sornson Kurtz and the editors

Citizens of no mean cities

A tour of the greatest cities of late antiquity

Angelo Di Berardino

“The transformative love of God in our lives”

Greg Forster is director of the Oikonomia Network at the Center for Transformational Churches, Trinity International University. These reflections on Christians and culture are adapted from a blog series at The Green Room.

Greg Forster

Faith in the city: Recommended resources

Here are some recommendations from CH editorial staff and this issue’s authors to help you understand the early church as an urban movement.

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