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You do not make the gospel relevant. I want to be careful here, because it is easy to pit two things against each other in Western minds. That is not what I am doing. I am all for contextualization, and I think it is a big concern, especially in the super-diverse urban settings in North America. That said, the gospel does not need your help being relevant. The gospel is already relevant. It is relevant for all people in all places. It speaks to all cultures. The issue is not relevancy but translatability. The gospel is translatable into any culture,…

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Back in February, I wrote about the multi-faceted message of the gospel and it’s translatability into any culture. Cultures tend to focus on one of three paradigms: guilt (that’s ours), fear, or shame. Right in the pages of the Bible, the gospel speaks to all of these. We just tend to miss it, because we are focused on how the gospel speaks to guilt. But, the gospel is a three-fold message of salvation. Today, I want to provide you with a great infographic on this issue. This free missiographic from the good folk at gmi.orgĀ is a simple but effective resource…

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“We’re not about making decisions, we’re about making disciples!” It is a common refrain in church services nowadays. And that is the right attitude. After all, making disciples includes “teaching them all I have commanded.” We should be concerned about raising up people in Christ, about maturing Christians who are themselves disciples. But here is my question for you: can you prove it? If your church is the type to declare during a worship service that you are more concerned about making disciples than making decisions, do you have any way to prove that statement is true? What is a…

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