At the Intersect Project’s blog, Chris Poirier wrote a post discussing three ways to put the Gospel where the geeks are. Chris writes:
What is Geek culture? “Geek culture itself isn’t new. It has always existed in various forms before we saw fit to name and define it,” states Anne Donahue a comedian and writer for The Guardian. “For some of us, escapism through pop culture provides an outlet that we need to keep our brains healthy and functioning. For others, it creates a sense of community. For most, it stimulates the last remnants of imagination left over from our years convinced we too could live off pizza in a sewer, fighting a giant rat.”
The content of Geek culture (like many unreached cultures and/or people groups) tends to be fraught with violence, language, sexuality and other unseemly topics. As a result, we must approach this culture with caution and wisdom so that we don’t sacrifice our Christian ethics, morals and values. Yet, if we as the church want to engage lostness, we must step outside our fortress walls and comfort zones and engage the culture for the gospel — even if it might look and feel a little strange.
Practically speaking, here are three steps to engage the unreached Geek culture for the gospel.
Eric Geiger recently published an article giving five necessary traits for handling criticism well.
Elbert Hubbard quipped, “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” Because leaders cannot afford to do nothing or say nothing, being criticized comes with the territory of being a leader. In leadership, affirmation today does not mean affirmation tomorrow. In many ways leaders face the same volatility as coaches who can, within a few games, go from being lauded as team chemistry geniuses, program architects, and master recruiters to ignorant, foolish risk-takers, and ineffective. Leaders are one decision, one quarter, one bad message away from unfair criticism.
Criticism is going to come. Those who handle it well have these five character trait
Dr. Scott Hildreth, the Director of the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern recently posted a blog about teaching sound Theology cross-culturally. Dr. Hildreth writes:
Kevin VanHoozer writes: “If theology is to serve the church, the new challenge is how to give local expression to the understanding of the faith. . .” This is true. Theology represents human beings seeking understanding from God’s revelation of himself through the scriptures. In order for it to serve its ultimate purpose, theology must be founded on the scriptures but also rooted in local experience, language, and thought.
For years I have taught students at Southeastern the importance of contextualization as a missionary task. I remind them that contextualization first happens as cross-cultural communication when missionaries or church planters tell the message of Jesus in the language of the local people. However, contextualization does not stop with communication. It also takes place as the local church developed and communicates this faith. Contextualization is doing theology locally.
Ashley Gorman posted at the Intersect Project asking the question: “What would really happen if we defunded Planned Parenthood and ended abortion?“
It’s no surprise that last year’s Planned Parenthood videos started wave after wave of outrage. In one of the videos, a Planned Parenthood “procurement technician” confesses that she was instructed to cut open a baby’s face while its heart was still beating, post-birth. The goal: procuring an intact brain that can be used for medical research.
First, before I get on my soapbox, let me say that I understand the outrage of my fellow Christians. I myself teared up, caught my breath, and prayed after reading the article.
For those of you who may not subscribe to Christianity, this is where the outrage comes from.
See, as believers, we believe that little, twenty-something-week-old baby was known by God in his mother’s womb, with its every day planned out. We believe he was fearfully and wonderfully made. We believe that his soul, like every soul, had fingerprints of the Divine on it. We believe that his whole being was knit together and seen by God, even in the moments that seem insignificant to the world. We believe that he was given a personality and unique gift-sets and passions that would light him up inside when he got to do them and even little, funny quirks crafted by the hand of the Lord.
I believe that very same thing of every human being I know.
Walter Strickland recently gave a talk on the History and Theology of the Black Church.
1Charleston is “a multi-ethnic, interdenominational, and Christ centered platform that empowers churches to embrace the multi-ethnic Gospel in deep and practical ways” in Charleston, South Carolina. They hosted a conference and invited me to attempt the impossible; to summarize 400 years of black church history and theology in 60 minutes. I hope my attempt is helpful to you.