Some people are really uncomfortable with contextualization, even though we all do it and benefit from it all the time. What is it, anyway?...well here's one definition...Contextualization is "the attempt to communicate the message of the person, works, Word, and will of God in a way that is faithful to God's revelation...and that is meaningful to respondents in their respective cultural and existential contexts" (Hesselgrave and Rommen 2000, 200)
Well, the World Cup is upon us and with it comes a great opportunity to connect with friends, co-workers, and neighbors from different countries. Apparently, this is the kind of things people around the world enjoy watching on television. As they say, vive la difference!
Our church has been swept up in the fever, with viewing parties and pick-up soccer games providing lots of opportunities over the weekend for Americans to get to know folks from other countries.
Contextualization is perhaps one of the most controversial things that all of us do in our churches every day. At its most basic level whether we will contextualize our church is not really an option – anyone here speak fluent Aramaic or Greek, for example? But will we do it wisely, biblically, in the fear of God or will we let our fear of man become the controlling principle?