Category Archives: Culture and Worldview

110. Response to Stiles’ Critique of DMMs

Response to Mack Stiles’ article “What Could Be Wrong with ‘Church Planting’? Six Dangers in a Missions Strategy” I appreciate Stiles’ irenic tone in which he seeks to point out “weaknesses” and give “cautions” for “Church Planting Movements” (CPMs) or … Continue reading

107. Developing an Appropriate Posture towards Followers of other Religions

When engaging in evangelism and Discovery Bible Studies (DBS), it is important to be mindful of our posture towards other belief systems. The assumptions we hold and how we present our perspectives can either build bridges towards or alienate those … Continue reading

106. Theologizing Map

Theologizing is the personal rational exploration, development, and reflection of theological understanding. It is “faith seeking understanding” (Anslem of Canterbury). We all do this because we are constantly making sense of our world.  We all do this differently because we … Continue reading

96. Navigating Intercultural Partnerships

Note: This article has been simultaneously published in Nexus of the Fellowship Pacific region. The Importance of Intercultural Partnerships In today’s world, many partnerships involve people from different cultural backgrounds.  Each group comes to the table with a different set … Continue reading

95. Expand your “Personal Jerusalem”

Draw your “Personal Jerusalem” Take 5 minutes and draw your “personal Jerusalem.”  This is a concept I introduce to churches when coaching them to practice methods of effective evangelism using “Significant Conversations.”  Based on Acts 1:8, “you will be my … Continue reading

89. Fear, Shame and Guilt:

A Model for developing a Contextualized presentation of the Gospel In the previous articles of this series, I argued that there are cultural reasons why one biblical picture of the atonement may resonate1 with a people group, while others will … Continue reading

86. Contextualization and the Essence of the Gospel

This article tries to explain why a contextualization of the gospel, such as described in Shaping the Gospel Message so that it Resonates, does not compromise the Bible or the gospel message. It argues that one universal explanation of the … Continue reading

84. Learning to talk ENGLISH

Cross-Cultural Confusion Early on in my attempts to deepen my ability to converse in the Sindhi language, I learned a new idiom for “dying,” which is similar to the English “to pass on.”  I decided to use it while conversing … Continue reading

61. Resolving Intercultural Tensions 2: Understanding Leadership in High and Low Power Distance Contexts

NOTE: A companion workshop to these articles is available to multi-ethnic churches that provides information, exercises and interaction to encourage the implementation of those disciplines that promote healthy intercultural relationships. Please contact Mark via the Contact Me form. The Power … Continue reading

60. Resolving Intercultural Tensions 1: Power Distance

NOTE: A companion workshop to these articles is available to multi-ethnic churches that provides information, exercises and interaction so that those disciplines that promote healthy intercultural relationships can be implemented. Please contact Mark via the Contact Me form. Multicultural Fragmentation … Continue reading

50. Sports as a metaphor for culture

What is culture? There is a current debate (National Post, March 2-, 2007) about whether fashion should be classified as culture, with implications for government funding.  Canada has policies promoting “multiculturalism.”  I have read books and heard sermons concerning the … Continue reading

39. Why I don’t believe in “The Christian Worldview”

Part V: Theological Basis for “Christ centered worldviews” What would this worldview look like if Christ was Lord? I remember the time a young believer brought a friend to me so that I could explain the gospel to him.  We … Continue reading

38. Why I don’t believe in “The Christian Worldview”

Part IV: The Benefits of “Christ-centered worldviews” When translating the Old Testament in the Sindhi language of Pakistan or when teaching from the Old Testament to Sindhis I am constantly amazed at the similarities of culture and worldview.  One believer … Continue reading

37. Why I don’t believe in “The Christian Worldview”

Part III: The Problem With a Universal Christian Worldview Paul Long tells of the conversion of a chief in the African Congo.  Those bringing the gospel demanded that he renounce his charms and medicines before hearing the message, culminating with … Continue reading

36. Why I don’t believe in “The Christian Worldview”

Part II: Worldview Clarification Worldview distinct from Theology In these articles I am arguing that we should speak of “Christ centered worldviews” in the plural, rather than claim that there is only one “Christian worldview” that is correct to which … Continue reading

35. Why I don’t believe in “The Christian Worldview”

Part I: Communication within worldviews It is quite common to come across the phrase “The Christian Worldview” in evangelical writings.  I believe that this phrase is unhelpful and misleading particularly for those involved in cross-cultural missions and I would propose … Continue reading

22. McSushi: Evangelism as “making room” in a pluralist society – Living in a Pluralistic Society (part 4)

"I have become all things to all people so I could save some of them in any way possible." (1 Co 9:22) Making Room The beginning of missions is "making room" for others as they are; adjusting our program and … Continue reading

21. Living in a Pluralistic Society: Apples in a mixed-fruit culture

In Canada we live in a pluralistic (1) society. How are we as Christians to respond to different philosophies, lifestyles, religions and cultures? What is the right attitude for those who believe in the exclusive claims of Christ? Should we … Continue reading

20. Living in a Pluralistic Society: Appreciating Rainbows

Skepticism concerning One Truth Billy Joel (1993) wrote a popular song entitled Shades of Grey which illustrates a desperate skepticism stemming from exposure to the convictions and beliefs of others: Some things were perfectly clear, seen with vision of youth … Continue reading

19. A Black and White Faith in a Culture of Rainbows:Living in a Pluralistic Society

Adapted from Crucial Issues for Christian Mission 5.3 Living in a Pluralistic Society  by Mark Naylor  Oct, 2002 Through our church Karen and I run an unconventional Bible study which we affectionately call our "heretics Bible study".  Within this group … Continue reading

18. Interfaith Dialogue In Evangelical Missions (Part II)

Approaches to Interfaith Dialogue E. Stanley Jones was a Methodist missionary in India during the first half of the 1900s who was a strong advocate of interfaith dialogue.  He set the rules for his "round table talks" so that "no … Continue reading

17. Interfaith Dialogue In Evangelical Missions (Part I)

In Pakistan we lived next door to a mosque.  The Maolvi (Muslim clergy) and I would occasionally talk and one day I gave him a New Testament to read.  The next time we met he informed me that "this is … Continue reading