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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

Engaging the Culture

with the

Heart and Mind of Christ

Dr. William Brown

President


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

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.


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

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.


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

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.


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

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.


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

“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)


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

“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


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

“Smoking kills. And if you’re killed

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

--Brooke Shields


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

“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 with the heart and mind of christ

Engaging

the Culture?


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

“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


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

“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”


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

Three Approaches

Offended by Culture

WITHDRAW


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

“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


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

Three Approaches

Offended by Culture

WITHDRAW

ASSIMILATE

Delighted by Culture


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

“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.


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

“Church”

Man, have you ever really wondered

Like why are we here?

What the meanin’ to all of this?

“The Way You Move”


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

Three Approaches

Offended by Culture

WITHDRAW

ASSIMILATE

Delighted by Culture

Distressed by Culture

ENGAGE


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

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


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

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


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

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


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

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


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

Paul's Motivation

“Greatly distressed”


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

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)


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

Check Your Heart

Check Your Mind


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

Attitude of Your Heart

Altitude of Your Mind


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

Engaging the Culture

with the

Heart and Mind of Christ

Dr. William Brown

President


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

Guiding Students

to Think

Worldviewishly

Dr. William Brown

President


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

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.


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

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.


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

Cultivating Worldview Thinking

1. Educating

2. Integrating

3. Mentoring


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

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


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

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


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

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?”


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

Guiding Students

to Think

Worldviewishly

Dr. William Brown

President


Engaging the culture with the heart and mind of christ

Where Have All the Dreamers Gone?

Dr. William Brown

President


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