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An Episcopal friend of mine is worried about how many churches accommodate Christians to such an extent that the fierceness of the gospel is diluted. I talked about the importance of being accessible but agreed with him about being wary of overcontextualizing. 

 

  1. Wanting church to be comfortable for new people usually just means wanting it to be comfortable for moderately traumatized post-evangelicals

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    @adalehunt Yes, "comfortable" is wrong. Correct is missionary mindset: trying to communicate in such a way that new people understand.

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    @adalehunt Missionary approach navigates between: overcontextualization (syncretism, comfortable) and failure to communicate (withdrawal).

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    @adalehunt Professor Lindbeck suggests that those who give primacy to the question of how the Gospel is preached in a post-Christian ...

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    @adalehunt environment ‘regularly become liberal foundationalists’, preoccupied with translating the Gospel into alien terms, ...

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@adalehunt or at least redefining it in response to secular questions. I am not so sure." Rowan Williams, On Christian Theology, 38.

 
 
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@AndyRowell @adalehunt Lindbeck is right.

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    @AndyRowell You know how I love me some Rowan Williams, & in his larger critique of Lindbeck I think he's right. I don't think, however...

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    @AndyRowell that what the gathered Church does in the liturgy is proclaim the Gospel to newcomers, at least not by purposeful orientation...

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@AndyRowell that what the gathered Church does in the liturgy is proclaim the Gospel to newcomers, at least not by purposeful orientation...

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    @AndyRowell What we're doing is, *as a called people*, responding to what the Gospel has done for us. We're addressing God, not newcomers

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@adalehunt All good comments. 1 rejoiner: Paul wants intelligibility in worship because of "outsiders or unbelievers" in 1 Cor 14:16, 23-25.

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@AndyRowell I really don't think it is a workable analogy. Massive diff btwn wild charismata like tongues & ordered worship in the venacular

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    @AndyRowell Was raised old skool AoG; been to those 'revivals.' Even *I* didn't get what was going on half the time :-)

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@sheddenm @adalehunt My like means that I'm glad you chimed in but does not connote agreement. :-)

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