Thursday, June 01, 2006

Choosing our methods and resisting the slide

Part of being transformed by the renewing of our minds involves learning to see the world around us as it truly is, and how that world influences beliefs and assumptions within the church. A couple of blog posts this week help shine that kind of light clearly on North American culture. Out of Ur, for example, reminds Christians that the methods we choose to convey the gospel have an influence in and of themselves:
The reality is, our methods are in no way “neutral,” they have a staggering, yet hidden power to shape us regardless of their content. This is what Marshall McLuhan meant when he observed “The medium is the message.” And it stands in direct contradiction to our evangelical rally cry. In other words, our media and methods have an inherent bias and a message of their own that has little or nothing to do with their content.
And at Cerulean Sanctum, Dan Edelen discusses the loss of community in North America and offers ways for the church to resist the slide.

2 Comments:

Blogger Dan Edelen said...

Milton, thanks for the link.

Randy Frazee's The Connecting Church and Making Room for Life are good resources on this topic, too.

11:59 PM, June 01, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, Dan.

1:16 PM, June 02, 2006  

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