Are Your Efforts to Contextualize the Gospel All about You?

If you have an overly defined segment of the population that you are trying to reach, it is possible you are merely trying to reach people whose company you prefer.

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Are You Ready for the Urban Future?

A resource we hope will aid you in situating your own contextual ministry within a broad understanding of our world’s shifting cultural currents.

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Jesus-Drenched Churches: Matt Chandler on Gospel Culture

What characterizes congregations who have let the good news saturate and shape their very culture?

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The Twin Challenges of Gospel Renewal

Here’s a friendly reminder to expend some holy energy on getting to know those whom we hope to win for the kingdom.

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How Islamic Can Christianity Be?

While the Insider Movement offers some positive suggestions for missions, the ideology includes some dangerous practice.

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Leading Muslims to Jesus: Questions to Consider

What approaches are most likely to catalyze church planting movements rather than just reaching a few scattered individuals?

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Contextualization Without Compromise

On April 26-27 I will have the privilege of joining men I admire and respect at the Advance the Church conference in Durham, North Carolina. My assignment is to speak on “contextualization without compromise.” I address this very issue at length in my book ‘Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different’. The organizers of the conference have asked me to share some of my thoughts on contextualization. So, for better or for worse, here they are.

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Contextualization or Effective Communication

My brother and friend Thabiti Anyabwile has raised some legitimate questions about contextualization over at Church Matters. His post is a model of how Christians are to speak to one another in love with a view to sharpening one another.

I sent him a personal response and he has graciously posted it. I hope this open conversation is as helpful to you as it has been to me.

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In an earlier post I introduced the biblical practice of contextualization. We all contextualize; the question is whether or not we will contextualize well. What are some ways we get it wrong?

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