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CT2010: Dialogue session 1 - Popular Culture as a Global Missiological Challenge

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    CT2010: Dialogue session 1 - Popular Culture as a Global Missiological Challenge CT2010: Dialogue session 1 - Popular Culture as a Global Missiological Challenge Presentation Transcript

    • Popular Culture as a Global Missiological Challenge Margunn Serigstad Dahle, Tony Watkins and Lars Dahle
    • media awareness media presence media ministries
    • Many media messages challenge our claim that Jesus is Lord, but asking key questions about media is an extremely effective way of provoking interest in that claim.
    • Popular culture
    • movies
    • music
    • books
    • cartoons
    • computer games
    • reflecting shaping } our cultural context
    • Popular Culture reflects the society it helps to create. William Romanowski
    • serious missiological challenge
    • locally and globally
    • The Global Village Marshal McLuhan
    • audio-visual tapestry
    • stories
    • Finland – Peru
    • No story exists neutrally as raw entertainment without reference to cultural beliefs and values. Brian Godawa
    • Surface see it as entertainment Middle realise that there is a message Deep realise traces of worldviews
    • the story behind the story
    • identified and critiqued
    • We don’t see it because we see with it Os Guinness
    • worldview
    • double listening
    • develop a Christian mind
    • relate the Word to the world
    • double refusal
    • escapism and conformity
    • double listening
    • listening to the word
    • listening to the world
    • How can we develop a Christian mind, which is both shaped by the truths of historic, biblical Christianity, and acquainted with the realities of the contemporary world? How can we relate the Word to the world, understanding the world in the light of the Word, and even understanding the Word in the light of the world? . . .
    • We have to begin with a double refusal. We refuse to become either so absorbed in the Word, that we escape into it and fail to let it confront the world, or so absorbed in the world, that we conform to it and fail to subject it to the judgement of the Word. Escapism and conformity are opposite mistakes, but neither is a Christian option.
    • In place of this double refusal we are called to double listening, listening both to the Word and to the world. . . . We listen to the Word with humble reverence, anxious to understand it, and resolved to believe and obey what we come to understand.
    • We listen to the world with critical alertness, anxious to understand it too, and resolved not necessarily to believe and obey it, but to sympathise with it and to seek grace to discover how the gospel relates to it. . . .
    • 'Double listening', however, contains no element of self-contradiction. . . . These voices will often contradict one another, but our purpose in listening to them both is to discover how they relate to each other. Double listening is indispensable to Christian discipleship and Christian mission. John Stott The Contemporary Christian, pp. 27–29
    • The Damaris Approach
    • Humans are God’s is re ! lt u f u l image-bearers Cu er wo nd Humans are rebels against God CULT URE I TERR S IBL 39
    • Maintaining holiness Engaging with culture 40
    • No single piece of our mental world is to be hermetically sealed off from the rest, and there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’ –Abraham Kuyper 41
    • Biblical Study
    • Damaris has great respect for the Bible and believes that it is God’s word. Damaris engages in rigorous study of the Bible’s content and context in order to understand and respond to it with integrity.
    • Cultural Study
    • Damaris has great respect for contemp- orary popular culture and believes that it is an expression of people’s search for answers to fundamental questions. Damaris engages in rigorous study of its content and context in order to identify, understand and respond to the underlying worldviews with integrity.
    • Biblical Communication
    • Damaris has great respect for people and their freedom, and acts as a humble guide to the Bible. Damaris invites people to consider and respond to the message of the Bible, including the answers it provides to questions raised by popular culture.
    • Cultural Communication
    • Damaris has great respect for people and their freedom, and acts as a humble guide to contemporary popular culture. Damaris invites people to evaluate and respond to the underlying worldviews.
    • truth
    • grace
    • integrity
    • humility
    • © Steve9091, 2007. Used under a Creative Commons licence
    • making connections
    • From now on, to be holy means to cross boundaries, to connect with others and to welcome the very people who had previously been ‘outside the door’. In the eyes of Jesus of Nazareth, the greatest sin is not to be connected to those whom the Father loves, on whose misery he has compassion, and to whom he wants to grant access to his presence. Michael Herbst
    • shared starting point
    • shared language
    • positive interaction
    • The way to deal with the challenge of the media is to be better at understanding it than anyone else, and to be able to relate it God’s word.
    • How do we understand Christian mission in relationship to popular culture? What is the role of popular culture in shaping and reflecting our various cultural contexts? ? What kind of missiological approaches to popular culture do we need to develop in our own cultural context?
    • www.engagingmedia.info www.damaris.org / www.damaris.no www.culturewatch.org www.tonywatkins.org twitter.com/tonywatkins_ facebook.com/tonywatkinspage