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dates1xEvangelism across Cultures:
Crossing Borders (2)

How do we relate to those around us?

Not like us
Notice the question isn’t how should we but how do we relate to co-workers, neighbors, and others we know in the world outside the church.

If I were to answer the question, I think I would answer “with fear.” Frankly, I think many of us are afraid of people. We look at their different lifestyles, different religions, their different cultures and we’re simply afraid.

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CROSSING BORDERS: Evangelism across Cultures

Evangelism_processShouldn’t Evangelism Be Different than Selling Cars?


Process or event?
Here’s a quick diagnostic question:  do you think of evangelism as a process or an event

I’ll give you sixty seconds to think about it. Time’s up. The correct answer (drum roll, please) is process.

OK, no fair, you can’t talk back to argue for “event” if that was your answer. But it is helpful to ask where we get our notion of evangelism as “event”? Sure, we can turn to Acts 2 where Peter does some pretty mean street preaching and a whole lot of hearts turn to Christ. Fair enough.  \But is Acts 2 meant to provide a pattern for all or even most evangelism until Jesus comes back? Preaching plus decision equals evangelism as event?  I don’t think so. Nothing in the rest of Acts or the life of the church in the period immediately following the apostles would lead us to believe it.[i]

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The Sweet Delight of Poetry

The only path to knowing?

I recall several years ago hearing about a Harvard biology professor who taught a class that attracted science and pre-med types. As part of the class, he required that his students write poetry. 

You might wonder about the propriety of spending time in science class crafting odes to urns (if I might tip my hat to Mr. Keats). But the point was at least three-fold.

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Test the Spirits

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Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

Spirits in the world
These days we don’t think much about “spirits” and such. That’s New Testament stuff, and unless we’re enthralled by possessions, exorcisms, and sensational spiritual manifestations and infestations, apart from an occasional “We banish you, Satan!” in our corporate prayers, we tend to let this sleeping dog lie.

Bad idea.

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History as Moral Guide?

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In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in their own eyes. Judges 21:25

The appeal to history
Reading the opinion page in my local newspaper, I encountered a line of reasoning that is becoming quite frequent in debates about ethical issues.

A syndicated columnist referred to opponents of the homosexual agenda as “last-ditch bigots who don’t realize history has passed them by as a Ferrari does a traffic cone.”[i] He appeals to history as an ethical arbiter. The implication is that if moral consensus seems to be changing on a given issue, then that change must be for the better. History is telling us what is right. Get on the side of history, or get out of the way!
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Bon Appétit

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” John 4:34

Prayer (1)
Prayer the church’s banquet, angel’s age,
    God’s breath in man returning to his birth,
     The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,
The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth
Engine against th’ Almighty, sinner’s tow’r,
    Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,
     The six-days world transposing in an hour,
A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;
Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss,
     Exalted manna, gladness of the best,
     Heaven in ordinary, man well drest,
The milky way, the bird of Paradise,
    Church-bells beyond the stars heard, the soul’s blood,
    The land of spices; something understood.
                        - George Herbert

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