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The Impact of a Worldview

Jun. 16, 2016By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

From Transforming Worldviews by Paul G. Hiebert: 

Group-Oriented Societies

  • People are born into extended families in which they live their entire lives
  • Identity is based on birth and the place a person occupies in the group
  • Children learn to think in terms of “we”
  • Harmony should always be maintained and confrontations avoided
  • Violating the norms leads to a sense of shame and loss of face for self and group
  • Relationships between boss and worker are seen in moral family terms
  • Hiring and promotion must take kinship and friendships into account
  • The relationship is more important than the task. People should not be fired.

Individual-Oriented Societies

  • Everyone grows up to look after himself/herself and organize nuclear families
  • Identity is based on individual achievement
  • Children learn to think in terms of “I”
  • Speaking one’s mind is a characteristic of an honest person
  • Violating the norms leads to a sense of guilt and loss of self-respect
  • Relationship between boss and worker are governed by contracts based on voluntary exchange and mutual advantage
  • Hiring and promotion should be based purely on skills and rules of selection
  • The task is more important than the relationship. People can be readily fired.
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The Changing Faces of Persecution

May. 18, 2016By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio
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America's Most (and Least) Bible-Minded Cities

Jan. 27, 2014By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

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The Pilgrim Mindset

Jan. 14, 2013By: Evan Burns

In some Christian circles, there is strong emphasis on relating to the culture around us.  This is especially trendy among twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings.  They give much weight to Paul’s self-description of being all things to all people (1 Cor 9:19-23).  Yet it seems they very rarely heed the numerous commands to be sojourners and exiles in this world.  This world and its passions are passing away.  The cultural siren that says we must maximize pleasure and security in this life is the Serpent-language.  It is the culture of Babylon. 

However, as described in Hebrews 11, the heirs of Abraham—the righteous—live by faith, and they leave the comfort of home to follow God though they do not know where they are going.  They live like nomads in the land of promise.  They build tents instead of cities.  They build arks in the desert.  They suffer torture because they desire a better resurrection and live in caves and holes in the ground.  The spiritual heirs of Abraham greet the promises from afar as exiles and resident aliens in this world, and they make it clear that they are seeking a better city, the city of God Himself.  Their citizenship, values, and culture are that of the heavenly Jerusalem.  They do not try hard to be relevant to their alien culture.  Instead, their relevance to their host culture is seen in their distinctiveness from it.  They take risks in this life for the sake of spreading the love of Christ, though they may lose their worldly possessions and even their lives.  As it is, they have a better possession and an abiding one, for here they have no lasting city.  Though they are citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem, they still render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and they seek the peace of the temporal city in which they reside.  They pray for kings and all in high places, that they may lead a peaceful life. 

The kingdom is already and not yet.  It was inaugurated in Christ’s first coming and yet remains to be consummated.  The best has come, but the best is yet to come.  We must live in the tension.  Hope is a difficult thing to understand.  Like Augustine suggested, the city of God is marked by new desires for the things of God.  Those who hope in God desire a better country, a heavenly one.  God is not ashamed to be called their God.  When we hope in the final resurrection and the return of the King, unbreakable joy pierces through to the present from the future to sustain us in our suffering.  No matter what the Serpent and Babylon seductively offer us, and no matter what the sting of death takes from us, hope in the promises of God unwaveringly declares, “The Seed and His city are better.”  

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Don't Forget, We Are At War

Sep. 14, 2012By: Evan Burns

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Here is a great article by the missionary-statesman, Ralph Winter.  His wartime mentality has indelibly influenced my lifestyle and Christian worldview.  Even though I am familiar with his concept ofwartime mentality, the temptation to slip into our culture's worldlyvalues remains, so I find re-reading this article helpful to reconsecrate my devotion to the Great Commission.

 

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