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“Relevance”

“Relevance”

This entry is part 23 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 23 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Perhaps one of the great put-downs today is to be told that your church is not relevant, or that your preaching is not relevant to “the issues… Continue Reading

What Do You Mean, Relevant?

What Do You Mean, Relevant?

Kevin T. Bauder Many contemporary American Christians obsess over relevance. They seem to feel personally obligated to make Christianity relevant. This wish to make Christianity relevant, however, raises two questions. First, why should Christianity be made relevant? Second, what would a relevant Christianity look like? The answer to these questions will depend partly upon the… Continue Reading

Horatius Bonar on Trendiness in Religion

Horatius Bonar on Trendiness in Religion

Every pastor and Christian leader feels a certain pressure to be relevant. We do not want Christianity to slip away into an oblivion. We do not want the church to go “backward” during our watch. This impulse has led many to the conclusion that Christianity must “keep up with the times.” One of the criticisms… Continue Reading

Relevance is Irrelevant (Conclusion)

Relevance is Irrelevant (Conclusion)

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series”Relevance is Irrelevant”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 This series has been intended to address biblically the necessity of so-called… Continue Reading

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 13)

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 13)

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series”Relevance is Irrelevant”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 I have been arguing that Paul’s method of ministry deliberately avoided attempts to… Continue Reading

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 12)

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 12)

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series”Relevance is Irrelevant”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 The first three chapters of 1 Corinthians debunks the importance of the modern crutch… Continue Reading

Change wisely, dude.

Change wisely, dude.

A young writer has some advice for church leaders trying desperately to attract and retain young people: change carefully and wisely. What young people say they want in their 20s is not necessarily what they want 10 years later. Continue Reading

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 11)

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 11)

This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series”Relevance is Irrelevant”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 Modern American evangelicalism has a tendency to augment the preaching of the gospel with certain… Continue Reading

Relevance is irrelevant (Part 10)

Relevance is irrelevant (Part 10)

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series”Relevance is Irrelevant”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 I return this week to the series I abruptly left unfinished about a year ago. According… Continue Reading

“Brothers, we are not movie-hawkers…”

“Brothers, we are not movie-hawkers…”

“I hope there aren’t too many pastors who will be taken in by this. I couldn’t agree more with the line I saw in Jared Wilson’s twitter feed yesterday: Pastors, your desperation to be relevant is easily manipulated.’ Manipulation is exactly what is going on here, pastors, but the motivation is not the gospel. The… Continue Reading

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 8)

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 8)

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series”Relevance is Irrelevant”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 In 1 Corinthians 1, Paul repeatedly points to the preaching of the deliberately unadorned gospel as the essence of… Continue Reading

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 6)

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 6)

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series”Relevance is Irrelevant”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 This series has been looking at the connection of Paul’s message in 1 Corinthians 1-3 and the contemporary church’s dependence… Continue Reading

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 5)

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 5)

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series”Relevance is Irrelevant”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 This series is applying the words of Paul in the early chapters of 1 Corinthians to ministry in the 21st century.… Continue Reading

Relevance is irrelevant (Part 4)

Relevance is irrelevant (Part 4)

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series”Relevance is Irrelevant”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 I believe that the first three chapters of 1 Corinthians ought to guide our thinking concerning the relationship of our efforts to… Continue Reading

Relevance is irrelevant (Part 2)

Relevance is irrelevant (Part 2)

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series”Relevance is Irrelevant”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part 1 In emphasizing the unity of the church in 1 Corinthians 1:10-17, Paul asks the church pointedly: “is Christ divided?” (v 13). With their divisions, the… Continue Reading

Fashion is arbitrary

Reflecting on the demise of Crystal Cathedral, Harriet Baber wrote in the Guardian this stinging indictment of American evangelicalism: Of course we don’t expect popular entertainments to last. Fashion is arbitrary. There was no particular reason why hip-hop replaced disco or why the 1970s favoured earth tones while the 1990s featured violet and teal. We… Continue Reading

Is Music a Separation Issue?

Music philosophy is not a separation issue of the same kind of level as heterodoxy or flagrant, known sin. Probably one of the most common questions I’m asked is if I think differences over worship/music philosophy warrants separation. Here’s my attempt at an answer. What do you mean by separation? I do not view separation… Continue Reading