The word relevant is being used pretty selfishly these days when it comes to the church and its teachings. People have become so individualized with their “faith” that they either stop coming to church altogether, or they shop for the one that best meets their own perceived needs and preferences. This word relevant may be better suited for a magazine title than the reason we attend a certain church.
This week’s selections includes Dr. Sproul’s A Blueprint for Thinking teaching series (download), The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards by Steven Lawson (eBook), and How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home by Derek Thomas (hardcover), among many other items. Sale ends at midnight (Eastern Time).
…almost every time someone speaks of contextualization it seems as if their understanding of contextualization is something a bit strange and parochial, “look as close to an indie rocker as humanly possible”. I find it interesting that those committed to contextualization almost always seem to fall into this category. I am afraid that too often we seem to think that contextualization is really an effort to make us and our churches into the coolest version we can create. The more I dig into God’s word, the more I am convinced that biblical contextualization is not a planned effort to maximize “cool”, but is a concerted effort to live out the gospel by “dying to ourselves” in an effort to reach those around us.
While we were in Manhattan, we saw two people proselytizing (proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ) using a megaphone in Union Square and another in the subway. They were both preaching the warnings of sin and the impending judgment. It was disappointing that Christ Himself appeared to be less exalted than the sins of man. At Union Square people were watching, listening, ignoring, but all looked completely uninterested. In the subway, people just walked on by as if it wasn’t happening.