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Postmodern Evangelism

December 23, 2006

Last post for today, I promise.

From what I’m reading around the internet, these two words – postmodern and evangelism, are having a little bit of tension. There seems to be some questioning in some “emergent” circles about what is evangelism, friendship or otherwise, and where that falls in the word they like to use . . . being “missional”.

I am enagaged in and support a lot of the emergent ideas. I personally love the term missional. I even like Rick Warrens idea of living life on “purpose”. I do believe we have to engage culture not only with excellence and relevance, but also with a desire to be community, love our neighbors, and care for the widows and orphans. Social Justice is a serious issue that the church must address without the trappings of a lot of the modern church. However, I’m a little nervous with some post-modern/emergent bloggers and thinkers who dance with intellectual poetry and are being “flighty” about John 14:6. Some are afraid to be pinned down on the basic tennents of the New Testament. Jesus is the Christ, Jesus is the pure spotless lamb. He is the only way to know the Heavenly Father who deeply desires to adopt us as His own.

I am afraid that some feel that we can’t be firm on the Gospel and relational to culture at the same time. We have not done it well and we’ve got to get it together. We’ve got to passionately love and follow God AND passionately love people, be community, and care for those in need. We need to know people, love them where they are, and live life with them, not just make them a bullseye for salvation, pray a prayer and move on to the next one.

Just a warning . . .

2 Timothy 2:2-5 “2Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry

I believe the right direction is to Love God and Love People. I think we need to be missional in that respect. And man . . . we need to live it.


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