Josh Brage

The Gospel and the God-Forsaken
April 9, 2007, 2:56 pm
Filed under: Emerging Church, Philosophical

The Gospel and the God-Forsaken
The Challenge of the Missional Church in Suburbia

I found this article a couple of weeks ago. Someone linked it, but I can’t remember who at this point. This article has really challenged my thinking. I have read and reread this article. I am going to buy a couple of the books that he used and continue my thinking on this, I think that it is exceptionally important to change the way that we think about church in our Suburban American culture! We must change how our we think about our world.

There will be a lot of posts out of this, but for now I just wanted to tell you that I am reading it.

Here is a quote:

Contextualization is defined by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost as “the dynamic process whereby the constant message of the gospel interacts with specific, relative human situations.” They go on to write that this:
‘Involves the examination of the gospel in the light of the respondent’s worldview and
then adapting the message, encoding it in such a way that it can become meaningful to the respondent…it is primarily concerned with presenting Christianity in such a way that it meets people’s deepest needs and penetrates their worldviews, thus allowing them to follow Christ and remain in their culture.’

HA! That is exactly what we need to do, now how do we do it?


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