The facts about your area: do you really know them?

Do you have the facts about the community you are seeking to reach? When Paul went into Athens, he had no population data or demographic profiles to help him. But it is abundantly clear that he took time and care to observe the nature of the community into which he took the gospel.

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Cultural relevance without syncretism

Jesus’ prayer in John 17 was that his followers would be in the world but not of the world. But how do we balance cultural relevance without tipping over into syncretism?  (more…)