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Engaging the Culture with the Heart and Mind of Christ. Dr. William Brown President. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23.

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Engaging the Culture

with the

Heart and Mind of Christ

Dr. William Brown

President


1 Corinthians 9:19-23

19Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law.


1 Corinthians 9:19-23

19Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law.


22To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. 23I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.


22To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.23I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.


“If you could live forever, would you and why?”

“I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because

if we we’re supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we

cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever.”

---Miss Alabama

(1994 Miss USA contest)


“Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t

help but cry. . .

…I mean I’d love to be skinny like that but not with all those flies and death and stuff.”

--Mariah Carey


“Smoking kills. And if you’re killed

you’ve lost a very important part of your life.”

--Brooke Shields


“It’s boring. We walked out after, like, one minute.”

Paris Hilton onThe Passion of the Christ (Entertainment Weekly, June 11, 2004)


Engaging

the Culture?


“Will and Grace, WWE Smackdown, Eminem, and Madonna have more to do with the direction of our culture than all of Congress.”Bill WichtermanPolicy advisor to Senate Majority leader Bill Frist


“More theology is conveyed in, and probably retained from one hour of popular television, than from all the sermons that are delivered on any given weekend in America’s synagogues, churches and mosques.”Phyllis TicklePublisher’s Weekly“God-Talk in America”


Three Approaches

Offended by Culture

WITHDRAW


“The wide world is all about you:

you can fence yourselves in,

but you cannot ever fence it out.”

Gildor Inglorion

in J. R. R. Tolkien’s

Fellowship of the Ring


Three Approaches

Offended by Culture

WITHDRAW

ASSIMILATE

Delighted by Culture


“Our father, God, Allah, we thank you for this

moment in time. Bless Kanye, bless his album,

take over his album and take it to the highest

place possible . . . In the name of Allah and

the spirit of our inner essence. Amen.”

Prayer by Kanye West prior to a concert, Blender,

September 2005, 126.


“Church”

Man, have you ever really wondered

Like why are we here?

What the meanin’ to all of this?

“The Way You Move”


Three Approaches

Offended by Culture

WITHDRAW

ASSIMILATE

Delighted by Culture

Distressed by Culture

ENGAGE


The Cultural Challenge

. . . Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—

2 Peter 2:7-8


The Cultural Challenge

. . . Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—

2 Peter 2:7-8


The Cultural Challenge

While Paul was waiting for them in Athens,

he was greatly distressed to see that the

city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the

synagogues, . . .as well as in the market-

place day by day. . . . “Men of Athens, I see

that in every way you are very religious.

For as I walked around and looked

carefully at your objects of worship. . .”

Acts 17:16-34


The Cultural Challenge

While Paul was waiting for them in Athens,

he was greatly distressed to see that the

city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the

synagogues, . . .as well as in the market-

place day by day. . . . “Men of Athens, I see

that in every way you are very religious.

For as I walked around and looked

carefully at your objects of worship. . .”

Acts 17:16-34


Paul's Motivation

“Greatly distressed”


Paul's Methods

Sought to understand the culture (v. 23)

Started where they were (vv. 22-23)

Positive about the truth he found (v. 22)

Knew and quoted their sources (vv. 23,28)

Communicated the Gospel (vv.18,30-31)


Check Your Heart

Check Your Mind


Attitude of Your Heart

Altitude of Your Mind


Engaging the Culture

with the

Heart and Mind of Christ

Dr. William Brown

President


Guiding Students

to Think

Worldviewishly

Dr. William Brown

President


The Worst Analogies Ever Written

The little boat drifted across the pond exactly the way

a bowling ball wouldn’t.

Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots

at the center.

Her vocabulary, was as bad as, like, whatever.

He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.

John and Mary had never met. They were like two

hummingbirds who had also never met.


The Worst Analogies Ever Written

The politician was gone, but unnoticed, like the period

after the Dr. on a Dr Pepper can.

The thunder was ominous-sounding, much like the

sound of a thin sheet of metal being shaken

backstage during the storm scene in a play.

Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers

raced across the grassy field toward each other like

freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m.

traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m.

at a speed of 35 mph.


Cultivating Worldview Thinking

1. Educating

2. Integrating

3. Mentoring


Elements of Worldview Thinking

Explanation

Focus: Biblical Instruction

Goal: Think Biblically

Interpretation

Focus: Personal and Cultural

Evaluation

Goal: Discernment

Application

Focus: Personal Decision-

making

Goal: Christlikeness


Examples of Worldview Teaching

1.Explore the distinctives of the Biblical

worldview. Ask, “What if . . . “

2.Explore the distinctives of other

worldviews. Ask, “How would a ____

explain or interpret this?”

3. Ask: “Why?” about everything.

4.Collect worldview current events


Examples of Worldview Teaching

5. “Enslave” yourself to everyone. Ask:

“What are your favorite . . .

songs/groups? Why?

movies/celebrities? Why?”

6. So What? Ask:

“What do these songs/movies/etc.

tell us about ourselves? What is

the underlying worldview? What

values, actions, beliefs do they

promote? How do these line up

with a biblical view of life?”


Guiding Students

to Think

Worldviewishly

Dr. William Brown

President


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Dr. William Brown

President


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