I recently attended a Forge workshop where Allan Hirsch spoke on cultural distance as a barrier to the sharing the good news of Jesus with the world and the inconvenient truth that 80% of the energy of most churches went into reaching the 20% of their culture that was culturally closest. And then we wonder … Continue reading Does a geographic focus hinder churches in reaching demographic based cultures?
"Our perception of community is becoming disembodied, a product of mediated communication based on shared interest rather than a product of face-to-face communication based on shared space." (Tim Challies - The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion)
I stumbled upon an article about the Colonization of Subcultures this evening and thought I'd share some of the more memorable and thought provoking quotes: "[The weakness of subcultures] is that they seek to externalize their structure into digital institutions. Loose and transient P2P network institutions perhaps, but still institutions, due to their reliance on … Continue reading The Digital Domestication of Subcultures
In the past cultural diversity was a consequence of information scarcity. We could not assimilate what we had so little access to. We had no choice, cultural differentiation was inevitable. In the future cultural diversity will be a consequence of information glut. We can’t assimilate everything we have access to. We each make choices, cultural … Continue reading Thoughts on culture
"The traditional tribe is bound by geography and kin-ship. It also has a historical tradition. However the neo-tribe is not bound by geography, and only exists for the duration of it's rituals. It does not rely on historical tradition, as it comes into being as the occasion arises." - Elia Morling at Tribaling
"There are crucial differences between neo-tribes and subcultures. In a subculture identity is unified and fixed. It is seen as static, as members permanently carry one mask. However nowadays people belong to many tribes, and move effortlessly between them. They switch masks, as they assume temporary roles and identities." - Elia Morling at Tribaling
I was reading Galatians 5 this afternoon and thought I would engage in a little free translation of verses 2-6. Raise any issues for you? Mark my words postmodern Christians! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be culturally converted by modern Christians, Christ will be of no value to you at all. … Continue reading Galatians 5