|A traditional Kazakh rug. Photo by Mark Heard.|
I found this interview over at 9Marks Blog. 9Marks is a ministry dedicated to equipping church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources. The interview is with Ed Roberts, a church planter in Central Asia for nearly twenty years. Ed discusses the importance of contextualization in his (and all Christian workers') ministry and gives a list of five suggestions for good cross-cultural contextualization. I found the first suggestion to be especially insightful:
Realize that our goal in contextualizing should always be to clarify the gospel and biblical doctrine. Our goal must not be to make others comfortable with Christianity or the Bible. It’s not to minimize persecution by minimizing the offense of the cross. And we do not want to confuse our culture with the gospel. We do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord (2 Cor. 4:1-6).
Check out the link above to read the rest of the interview.