Four ways churches manage the tension of gospel and culture

Evangelicals are learning to face some new realities about the gospel's encounter with contemporary culture. The church exists for the purpose of proclaiming the truth of the Christian gospel--that reconciliation with God is possible through Christ. As God's missional community, we are to embody that truth we pursue the various callings God has given to us (father, mother, husband, wife, etc). We are also to verbally communicate that message as God gives us opportunity to do so through organic, authentic, respectful conversation. As a result we live with a tension in deciding which parts of our message and faith are culturally-conditioned.

Time famine and future church

I often find myself wondering what church will look like in the future. I'm a member of a large (ish) downtown church that is evangelical in theology while being a member of a mainline denomination. We have a large campus: sanctuary, worship center, educational building, annex for youth and college ministries, etc. We have a fairly …

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