By Jessi Strong
“Sometimes our local church has to lose for the kingdom to win.”
Pastor JR Vassar believes that modern culture is enslaved to public opinion. Engaging this generation with the gospel involves reaching people who broadcast their lives on social media, often as a way of seeking validation.
Evangelicals in Latin America have often been told that they have no tradition—that evangelicalism is a faith for missionaries and outsiders." That's how Daniel Salinas, a historical theologian from Colombia, describes the challenge facing many churches in the countries of Central and South America.
British novelist L.P. Hartly famously wrote, “The past is
a foreign country: they do things differently there.” This
certainly is true with respect to the Bible. The world of the
first century, whether Jerusalem, Corinth, or Rome, is vastly
different from the world we inhabit. If we want to understand the Bible correctly, then we must “mind the gap,” as the trains in London say—the cultural gap between ourselves and the ancient world of the biblical authors and their audiences.