Quote of the Day

This from page 73 of The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Church by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch:

We cannot just talk about the gospel from a safe distance outside a community. Doing so ignores the issues of credibility, relevance, and language differences (with the subculturalization of Western society, don’t for a minute think that different subcultures don’t speak different dialects). A missionary needs to relate to those with whom he or she is communicating. Lobbing “gospel grenades” from a distance only brings resentment. How can we listen and care from a distance?

In a world where many non-Christians assume God hates them (presumably because they gain the impression that God’s people hate them) it is important to make one of the goals of incarnational church planting to help people connect with the God who is seeking them and desiring their friendship.

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4 Responses to Quote of the Day

  1. Billy McGuiggan says:

    James,
    thanks for posting this, “Lobbing “gospel grenades” from a distance only brings resentment. How can we listen and care from a distance?”
    this is soooo right.
    On another note, i know you know Craig Hicks, and i know that i live a good 2 and a half hrs from you, he’s speaking at our Youth Rally on Sat May 10th, just to let you know, he’s sort of going to be in the area. Thanks again for the post, loved it.
    billy

  2. James says:

    Yeah, that lobbing quote has been working on me for days now. Very convicting. It’s funny, because I tried to read this book twice before and couldn’t stick with it. I finally just skipped to the end of the chapter where I kept getting bogged down and now I’m finding all kinds of good insight. Some of it I wish I’d had the foresight to plow toward when I put it down before.

    Thanks for the heads up on Craig’s visit. We’ll definitely have to make it over.

  3. Bill says:

    Hehe! I agree! Not only in the macrocosm of community, but in the microcosm that is individual Bible study.

  4. Bill says:

    Okay…. how about throwing Gospels hooks on a long line as an alternative?

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