This idea has been in the back of my mind for a couple years . . . and now it's in the front. Berlin is the most important city in Europe. I believe that this is the place where God must be displayed as glorious if Europe is going to be influenced for the Gospel. Here's why in broad strokes:
Berlin is the leading city in Europe politically, economically and socially.
Berlin is a city of global influence.
One third of Berlin's 3.4 million people have only just arrived within the last ten years, matching the one third which have moved out to other influential cites. There is a large international community in Berlin, which can be said about many cities in Europe, but Berlin is 20% immigrants. There is a large student population at Berlin's many universities. Berlin is home to the third largest homosexual community in the world and the mayor openly promotes a very tolerant world view (maybe the most open-minded in all of Europe).
Berlin is beginning to show signs of life spiritually.
This city is the spiritual connection between east and west Europe (post-communist and post-Christian respectively) making it a laboratory for understanding spiritual Europe. While the evangelical population has gone from 0.5% to 1.4% over the past ten years, there is still plenty of room for growth.
'The nation that once embodied Europe's division is once again das land in der mitte--both geopolitical pivot and central catalyst to the continent's economical and political integration.'
The Spirit of the Berlin Republic, by Dieter Dettke
Conversations are in full bloom as we learn what we can about Berlin. I'll try to keep adding to these thoughts over the next couple of days, but now it's time for a currywurst.