The Gospel and Cultures: The location of the gospel story

This is a great post by a mentor, teacher and friend, Dr. Mark Love. Mark is the dean of the Graduate Department of Theology for Rochester College and oversees the Master of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (check it out!). But what makes Mark worth reading is that he is both theologian and missional practitioner. When he writes on how the gospel of King Jesus is worked out in every day life lived in every day places, I encourage you to take notice.

Follow his blog or connect with him on Twitter @drdrlove.



This piece is written primarily for the benefit of my grad students who are taking an online class, Gospel and Cultures. I think it’s pretty important stuff for all of us to think about though. So, you get to read it as well. You might even decide to get a master’s degree in missional leadership and take more courses like this.

A few assumptions to get us all on the same page:

1) The gospel is cultural. Put another way, the gospel and things cultural are not two separate things. The gospel is always communicated in human language and in relationship to the local setting in which it is being performed. This is a part of the genius of Christianity. For the gospel to be news for all, it has to be news in each time and place. So, Christians have always been willing to translate biblical documents into another…

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About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, husband and father. I am a son, brother, friend, multi-vocational pastor with Williamsburg Christian Church, TEDx alum, ethnographer, community organizer, published author, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, and adjunct professor at Rochester University and Regent University. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester University. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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