I’ve been in ministry for about ten years. The first half of that decade I preached largely in chinos, a v-neck sweater, and boat shoes. The second half of that decade I’ve preached largely in tracksuit-bottoms, t-shirts, and trainers.
I grew up in the immigrant church. I left the immigrant church. Now I pastor an immigrant church.
Penal substitution offers a helpful corrective to those living in an honor-shame culture, and helps them rightly understand their status before God and what God has done for sinners in Jesus Christ.
What’s the goal in contextualization? How do we know if we’ve gone too far, or not far enough?
The goal of contextualization is not comfort, but clarity.
Editor’s Note: We asked a handful of pastors around the world the following question: “You are familiar with American churches, yet you pastor in a non-American context. What has your present experience taught you about how to be biblically faithful yet culturally sensitive when it comes to selecting the songs that your church sings?” Their […]
Pastors’ Forum: What do you do and not do to accommodate ethnic diversity in your worship service planning?9Marks | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014
Answers from Dave Furman, Kevin Hsu, Paul Martin, John Onwuchekwa, and Juan Sanchez. Dave Furman I will never lose the gospel for the sake of unity in diversity, but I will preach the unadjusted gospel consistently. I will never water down theology to a lowest common denominator in order to accommodate more people and […]
How can you evangelize across cultures? Communicate clearly, proclaim the Word, use the church.
How can you reach those near your church, especially when most members don’t live there?
The first lesson in evangelizing across economic boundaries? We’re not all that different.
Worship in different cultures should consist of the same elements but look very different. Why? Because the gospel doesn’t foster oppressive uniformity but glorious, diverse sameness.
What does a biblical church look like in Central Asia? Is 9Marks’ model really biblical? 9Marks asks a veteran missionary these questions and more.
Our doctrine of church membership should take us close to a universal biblical constant, but formulating how it is lived out introduces all kinds of particular expressions.
I celebrate the willingness to throw anything overboard that gets in the way of reaching others with the gospel, but I fear some of what’s getting tossed is actually precious cargo.