Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Wednesday, 07 Jan 2009

To be sure, most of Paul's auditors thought he was crazy; their stubborn commitment to their reigning paradigms screened out the possibility of bodily resurrection and a final judgment.
Contextualization is hot. Basically, it is the attempt to situate particular beliefs and practices in their concrete situation. Migrating from the rarified confines of secular sociology (especially socio-linguistics), hermeneutics, and missiological theory to practical theology departments and ministry, the imperative to contextualize the gospel has become something of a mantra among pastors, youth ministers, and evangelists. In an age of niche marketing, contextualizing refers not only to the need of aspiring missionaries to understand the culture to which they will be sent, but to the specialized demographics of our own consumer society. I won't ...

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