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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lines of Literature: Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, part II

"In every culture the message of the gospel is in constant danger of being compromised by the value system that supports that culture and its goals. The stranger to that culture can instinctively identify those points of surrender and call the community back to a purer and more authentic faith. But such infusions of new life are usually resented and resisted."

-Kenneth E. Bailey, Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, page 166

1 comment:

Sharon said...

We had missionaries from Thailand speak at our church last Sunday, and this was one of the things we talked about over lunch afterward.

I was thinking that it is a lot easier to identify in another culture the points where they haven't really met fully with the gospel message, and be completely blind to the problems in our own home churches. For example, in quite a few of the churches I have been part of in the last decade, the "young adults" have had a very shallow faith, even though the teaching was reasonably sound. Why is that?

One of the things that Jeff and I think is the problem (at least, the part of the problem that the congregation as a whole must deal with, rather than the individuals and their families) is the lack of a structured, planned out and systematic teaching program in the Sunday Children's Ministry. If this is done on an ad hoc basis, because we are "surrendering" to time pressures, money pressures, or whatever, it usually will have ad hoc results (of course, I know this is ignoring the regenerative role of the HS, but that is another matter entirely). If the adults who teach the kids don't know what they want them to learn, how can they teach it to them?

Okay, I'll get off my high horse now!

Hope you are having a good day. Goodnight.

~ Sharon

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