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what church / culture model do you prefer?

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I’ve been thinking for some time how the church should relate to the culture around it (ha, you might’ve guessed that if you’ve read recent posts). Some churches take a defensive stance against culture. Some welcome the culture with open arms.

I “put on paper” these three models – over simplified to be sure – so as to work out possible conceptions of the church / culture relationship. Which do you prefer? or have you come to see this church / culture relationship in another way?

 

One thing I’m sure about is that those churches which see themselves as fighting against the culture have forgotten they are a culture.

 

What church / culture relationship is best for the advance of the Gospel?

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2 thoughts on “what church / culture model do you prefer?

  1. Interesting proposition. The first model is your classic “separated” church. The last would be, I believe, what most evangelicals would say that they support. The second is even more interesting and would require a little explanation. For example, a church in SC would look different than one in CA or NY or South Africa or Scotland or PNG, yet each of those churches would have a drastically different look, atmosphere, style of worship, music–culture. The argument could be made that the reason is because of the cultures in which they exists. Looks like a fun discussion–have at it.

  2. good thots Mark – I’ll have to ponder that

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