Category Archives: Culture

Making the Foreign, Native: Connecting with Culture on Three Levels

Cultural awareness is very important in Christianity. We get focused on this when it comes to international missions, especially full-time, long-term, over-seas missionaries. They can spend years studying language and culture in order to be effective in a new content. It is an attempt to make the foreign native to us. It is to identifyContinue Reading

Swimming Upstream: The Shift from Modernism to Postmodernism and Legalism to Grace

The culture we live in is like the old fish who asked the two younger fish “how is the water.” The two young fish looked at each other and one asked, “What is water?” Culture is inescapable and it influences the way we think, behave, etc. When the predominant culture of the Western world wasContinue Reading

Openness and Honesty are Not Ends unto Themselves

There is an idea that has been floating around out there for a while that says as long as you are honest about your mistakes then everything is good. There has been a premium placed on authenticity and transparency over the last few years that is very healthy in one respect. However, it can veryContinue Reading

From Thanksgiving to Black Friday…What a Difference a Day Makes

It only took a day for the Hebrews to go from being trapped by the sea to walking through it…a day for God to make all the animals and a day for people to turn from seemingly harmless, loving, thankful, and generous people to ravenous wolves roaming the aisles. What a difference a day makes.Continue Reading

Creating Real, Lasting Change Requires More Than New Practices

When I have taught on 20s & 30s ministry the main thing people want to know is what can they go home and do to fix it. The idea is, if we do the right things the right results will follow. The problem with that is, if the underlying core values, structures, leadership, worldview, orContinue Reading

Reality Television, Real vs Rigged and Implications for 21st Century Christianity

Reality television is booming business. Everything from Duck Dynasty to Pawn Stars to the Pickers…it seems there is a niche for just about everything. It begs the question, just how much of reality television is actual reality and how much of it is rigged? It is obvious that producers, writers, and actors have advanced knowledgeContinue Reading

Jackie Robinson, Empathy and Shattering Stereotypes

Missy and I watched the movie 42 last week. As you probably already know, Jackie Robinson was the first Black player in Major League Baseball. As you might guess, it wasn’t a smooth transition and Robinson endured a lot of hate and persecution along the way. This movie could be a case study in howContinue Reading

The Difference Between The Revolutionary and the Cynic

The revolutionary and the cynic have only one thing in common. Both point out what is wrong. Then there are their differences… The cynic thrives in broken systems. The revolutionary challenges them. The cynic refuses to envision a better future. The revolutionary pursues it. The cynic is talk. The revolutionary is action. The cynic onlyContinue Reading

Hellenism vs. Hebraism in our Understanding of Faith and Baptism

In Alan Hirsch’s book The Forgotten Ways Handbook he describes the differences between a Greek/Hellenistic worldview and a Hebraic one like this, “The Hebrew worldview was a life-oriented one and was not primarily concerned with concepts and ideas in themselves. We simply do not believe that we can continue to try and think our wayContinue Reading

Common Ingredients of a Paradigm Shift

Ingredients involved in the growing realization there is a need for change & innovation: 1. Tension – A growing sense that the way things are don’t adequately explain or account for your experiencing or desires. 2. Dissatisfaction¬†– ¬†with the way things are that leads you into an all out pursuit of a better way. 3.Continue Reading

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