Paul was an urban missionary. He knew how to get around in all the major metropolitan cities. He was familiar with the streets, the marketplaces. He knew how to engage political powers. He was involved in cross-cultural ministry. He took the gospel of Jesus — which had its roots in the life and literature of Israel — and made it relevant to people in Asia Minor and Europe.
Gathered on the steps of Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, St. Paul, Minn., Lou Pou (left), Gary Dreier, pastor, and other worshipers prepare for the Palm Sunday service. Many other days, Dreier says, the church members cross the street and walk up the steps of the Capitol Building to “engage as Christians in our political process.”
Currently this vibrant congregation, which I have served as pastor for one year, continues to cross cultures. Worshipers include people of African, Asian, European, Latino and Native American descent. They are great welcomers. But they are also great “well-goers.”
The rest of this article is only available to subscribers.
© 2015 Augsburg Fortress, Publishers