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?