This is a first-hand account of how Richardson and his family brought the gospel to the Sawi people of New Guinea, a group of cannibals who honoured treachery. He explains how their tradition of the Peace Child finally gave him an analogy to help the Sawi understand Christ’s role in their lives. Beginning with the Sawi perspective, Richardson helps readers to understand the importance of cultural context in trying to relate to others.
Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture by Lesslie Newbigin
How can we better apply the gospel to western culture? Lesslie Newbigin approaches the western world as a missions field and addresses the reasons that church populations are shrinking. By using an outsider perspective, Newbigin looks at the difficulties of cross-cultural communication. This book is particularly challenging in the way it calls out the church’s complacent acceptance of the culture in which it resides.
The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures by Jayson Georges
The 3D Gospel addresses the three main types of cultures in our world, explaining their characteristics and values in order to help us gain an understanding of how to evangelize to cultures that are not as legal oriented as our own. This book is a concise manual for cross-cultural evangelism, providing context and practical evangelistic tools and methods for each of these three culture types.
Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview and Cultural Formation by James K. A. Smith
James K. A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom is a philosophical book in a three-volume set exploring the theology of culture. This book suggests that a reformation needs to occur in Christian education to counter the liturgies found around us in stadiums, universities, and so on. These things, he says, do not point us in the best direction, and so we need to redirect our desire towards God’s kingdom.
Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling by Andy Crouch
We can’t expect to change culture simply by condemning it. If we want to have a real impact in our culture, we need to be culture makers. Andy Crouch asks us to partake in creating culture as we have been called to do, and as Jesus’s ministry demonstrates it. He does not promise that we can change the world, but he wants us to learn how to aid in God’s greater transformation.
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