Culture

len on May 11th, 2013

“Recognizing our missionary context means we can no longer assume that the church understands the culture. We need to rediscover or relearn the culture. We need to get to know our neighborhood, its people, and their stories, values, worldview and culture. We need to ask the kind of questions that missionaries ask when they enter […]

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len on April 28th, 2013

“The resurrected Jesus is portrayed in the Gospels as being able to walk through walls and perhaps materialize at will. Nevertheless, the resurrected Jesus is still recognizably the same person and even eats a meal of fish with his disciples on the beach—which suggests a fundamental continuity between creation and redemption. Likewise, a careful reading […]

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len on April 11th, 2013

“In God is Red, I encountered a Native American view and concept of place that was in stark contrast to the suburban evangelicalism that I was most acquainted with. As I thumbed through the chapters and read, there was a striking familiarity between what Deloria described and the concept of place as found in the […]

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len on April 9th, 2013

“One of the cultural hubs of the area is Fourth Avenue between the downtown core and the University of Arizona. It is a vibrant, funky place full of odd shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and the like. A perfect place for mission. “It can be argued the most creative new frontier was back in the central […]

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len on March 5th, 2013

Regent College hosted this discussion on CBC radio host Rex Murphy’s “Cross Country Checkup” this past Monday. “Over the years religion has become less and less a formal part of the public sphere, largely relegated to the domain of the private and personal. Many feel too much so — to the point that those beliefs […]

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len on March 3rd, 2013

“The vengeful Jesus of Revelation is the one many of us prefer. The one who gets even. The one who finally settles the 2,000-year-old score. The one who, at last, gets to send the unbelieving, unrepentant masses off to an eternity of torment in hell. It’s the Jesus someone like Mark Driscoll seems to worship: […]

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len on December 13th, 2012

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len on November 30th, 2012

“The modern emphasis on the autonomous self too often ignores, or even denies, the formative power of the various communities in which we participate. We assume that our “habits of the heart” —the notions opinions, commitments, and desires that motivate, order, and guide our lives — are chosen and formed in isolation from other human […]

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len on November 26th, 2012

Post development and human security theorists advocate “planetization” and re localization in response to the colonializing forces of globalization. Moreover, they recognize the necessity of spirituality in resistance to globalizing narratives. (In some debates this is referred to as “epistemic decolonization”). Arturo Escobar offers the example of Buen Vivir (Spanish “living well”), a new praxis […]

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len on October 14th, 2012

Incarnational Humanism: A Philosophy of Culture for the Church in the World. In IVP’s academic newsletter during the summer, an interview with Jens Zimmermann was offered. I was intrigued by the title, and as I read I realized that Jens was really working on a “third way” — something beyond the labels of liberal and […]

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