My Seabeck buddy Brad Sargent is beginning a new series here to begin discussing CULTURES AND KINGDOM.
He'll be talking about:
- What is culture?
- What is “cultural capital” that is possessed by a cultural group and then passed on to their next generations?
- How does cultural capital differ from a paradigm?
- What types of cultures are there - what frameworks can we use to understand the range of cultures?
- How do sets of cultures relate with each other?
- What is the ideal “Kingdom Culture”?
- If all gatherings of disciples are moving in that direction, are we supposed to end up looking the same? If not, what areas is it legitimate in which to differ?
- How do Christian cultures relate with local cultures?
- How SHOULD (and shouldn’t) Christian Cultures Relate with Local Cultures?
- How do cultures tend to move or change over time, whether due to unintentional change or intentional transition?
- What makes the difference between mere change and intentional transformation?
- What are key types of trajectories, in local cultures and Christian cultures moving toward Kingdom Culture?
- How do subcultures/alternative cultures form? How do virtual cultures form?
- How has your thinking about cultural formation changed since you first started writing on the subject in the 1990s?
- How could cultures relate with one another in the Kingdom?
- How SHOULD Christian cultures relate in Kingdom Culture?
- What are potential issues in the “Futures of Cultures”?
As a missiologist kinda-guy (and hey! in the real world of 2009 we've all gotta be missiologists thinking like missionaries... even pastors!) I'm excited to hear Brad's thinking!