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Walking the missional tightrope

By heath - Posted on 13 January 2006

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Rom 12:12)

I became all things to all people. (1 Cor 9:22)

I listened to an interesting lecture by Piper on Athanasius. One of his big points is that the principles from these two passages must not be viewed as sequential but as equal and ongoing.

On one hand we must be missional in that we must be able to communicate our faith in terms that others can understand. On the other hand, the God described in scripture is so far beyond a culture's pre-existing categories we must not be afraid to, and indeed must be committed to, showing the truth in scripture in such a way that it overloads the circuits of the culture.

It often seems that we are at war with each other along these lines. Both are taught in scripture. We must do both.

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