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

Fred came to serve greater Williamsburg and WCC as lead pastor in October of 2010 and is grateful to be a part of the family. He is a husband, father, certified trauma professional, S.T.A.R. (strategies for trauma awareness & resilience) practitioner, community organizer, TEDx alum, founder of 3e Restoration, Inc. and co-owner of Philoxenia Culture LLC. He received his B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and his Master’s of Religious Education in Missional Leadership from Rochester University. Currently he is a candidate for a Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology in at Northern Seminary in Chicago. Fred has also served as an adjunct professor for Rochester University and Regent University where taught courses in philosophy, ethics, leadership, pastoral care, intro to Christianity, and ethnography. He has also served as a guest lecturer on the subjects of racialized cultural systems, poverty, and missiology at various universities, such as William & Mary and Oklahoma Christian University. Fred has authored on book (Racialized Cultural Systems, Social Displacement and Christian Hospitality) and several curriculum offerings, including The FloorPlan: Living Toward Restoration & Resilience. Fred enjoys hanging out with his family anytime, anywhere. He is deeply grateful for how God graciously works through the Church in all her various forms, despite our brokenness. He is passionate about seeing the last, least, and lonely of every neighborhood, city and nation experience God’s in-breaking kingdom, and come to know Jesus as King. Oh, and his favorite season is Advent and Christmas. Fred is a founding member of the board of directors for Virginia Racial Healing Institute, a member of the leadership team for Williamsburg's local chapter of Coming to the Table, and a member of Greater Williamsburg Trauma-Informed Community Network's Racial Trauma Committee and Training Committee.
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