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...
Popular culture
movies
music
books
cartoons
computer
games
our cultural context
reflecting
shaping
}
Popular Culture reflects the
society it helps to create.
William Romanowski
serious missiological challenge
locally and globally
The GlobalVillage
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
Middle
Deep
see it as entertainment
realise that there is a
message
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...
We have to begin with a double refusal.
We refuse to become either so absorbed
in the Word, that we escape into it and fai...
In place of this double refusal we are
called to double listening, listening both to
the Word and to the world. . . .We li...
We listen to the world with critical
alertness, anxious to understand it too,
and resolved not necessarily to believe
and ...
'Double listening', however, contains no
element of self-contradiction. . . .These
voices will often contradict one anothe...
The Damaris Approach
39
Humans are God’s
image-bearers
Humans are rebels
against God
Culture is
wonderful!
CULTURE ISTERRIBL
40
Maintaining holiness Engaging with culture
41
	

 No single piece of our
mental world is to be
hermetically sealed off
from the rest, and there
is not a square inch ...
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...
Cultural Study
Damaris has great respect for contemp-
orary popular culture and believes that it
is an expression of people’s search for
...
Biblical Communication
Damaris has great respect for people and
their freedom, and acts as a humble guide
to the Bible. Damaris invites people to...
Cultural
Communication
Damaris has great respect for people and
their freedom, and acts as a humble guide
to contemporary popular culture.
Damari...
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
previousl...
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 re...
?
How do we understand Christian mission in
relationship to popular culture?
What is the role of popular culture in shapin...
www.engagingmedia.info
	

 	

 www.damaris.org / www.damaris.no
	

 	

 www.culturewatch.org
	

 	

 www.tonywatkins.org
	...
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  1. 1. Popular Culture as a Global Missiological Challenge Margunn Serigstad Dahle,Tony Watkins and Lars Dahle
  2. 2. media awareness media presence media ministries
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. Popular culture
  5. 5. movies
  6. 6. music
  7. 7. books
  8. 8. cartoons
  9. 9. computer games
  10. 10. our cultural context reflecting shaping }
  11. 11. Popular Culture reflects the society it helps to create. William Romanowski
  12. 12. serious missiological challenge
  13. 13. locally and globally
  14. 14. The GlobalVillage Marshal McLuhan
  15. 15. audio-visual tapestry
  16. 16. stories
  17. 17. Finland – Peru
  18. 18. No story exists neutrally as raw entertainment without reference to cultural beliefs and values. Brian Godawa
  19. 19. Surface Middle Deep see it as entertainment realise that there is a message realise traces of worldviews
  20. 20. the story behind the story
  21. 21. identified and critiqued
  22. 22. We don’t see it because we see with it Os Guinness
  23. 23. worldview
  24. 24. double listening
  25. 25. develop a Christian mind
  26. 26. relate the Word to the world
  27. 27. double refusal
  28. 28. escapism and conformity
  29. 29. double listening
  30. 30. listening to the word
  31. 31. listening to the world
  32. 32. 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? . . .
  33. 33. 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.
  34. 34. 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.
  35. 35. 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. . . .
  36. 36. '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
  37. 37. The Damaris Approach
  38. 38. 39 Humans are God’s image-bearers Humans are rebels against God Culture is wonderful! CULTURE ISTERRIBL
  39. 39. 40 Maintaining holiness Engaging with culture
  40. 40. 41 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. 41. Biblical Study
  42. 42. 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. 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. 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. 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.
  43. 43. Cultural Study
  44. 44. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
  45. 45. Biblical Communication
  46. 46. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
  47. 47. Cultural Communication
  48. 48. 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. 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. 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. 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.
  49. 49. truth
  50. 50. grace
  51. 51. integrity
  52. 52. humility
  53. 53. © Steve9091, 2007. Used under a Creative Commons licence
  54. 54. making connections
  55. 55. 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
  56. 56. shared starting point
  57. 57. shared language
  58. 58. positive interaction
  59. 59. 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.
  60. 60. ? 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?
  61. 61. www.engagingmedia.info www.damaris.org / www.damaris.no www.culturewatch.org www.tonywatkins.org twitter.com/tonywatkins_ facebook.com/tonywatkinspage

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