Thursday, April 24, 2008

On Gospel and culture

The terms modernism and post-modernism are bandied around too easily (including by me) but the bottom line is that there is very little connection or comprehension between the values of my parents’ generation and the culture of my children. This means that if the church is to be effective in reaching the rising generation it needs to rethink some of the cultural trappings that have become associated with the Gospel. There isn’t space to go into this in detail, but can I suggest that the idea of church as a performance, where people sit in rows and watch the professionals do their stuff at the front is a cultural expression which may no longer be appropriate.


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