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11 Responses to “Hidden in Plain Sight”

  1. Barnabas says:

    I recommend this further reference

    This link mentions his service in Japan

  2. Barnabas says:

    Oops ! !

  3. Dave T says:

    I liked learning this today, thank you Mike! Could you footnote the Bach references?

  4. Bob Moffitt says:

    Mike, I believe that is precisely why Christ gave the command to disciple as our priority rather than conversion. It is disciples who show by the way they live that Christianity has and gives meaning to life. Converts who are not discipled not only can’t do that but they often unintentionally discredit what God intends and thereby turn non-believers away.

  5. Mike Metzger says:

    Bob, I believe this is precisely why God first gave the command to “make cultures” (Genesis 2:15). It is cultures that go a long, long way to creating what is taken to be plausible, or believable. For instance, at this point in time, it is simply implausible to a majority of Americans that same-sex marriage should be outlawed, regardless of whether Christians represent a large percentage of the US population.

    In my opinion, we’ve tried to make disciples without trying to make cultures. Flourishing cultures contribute to flourishing individuals.

    I’m not denigrating your reference to the Great Commission. But the Cultural mandate precedes it, and the history of Japan gives us some inklings as to why this is so.

  6. Barnabas says:

    This link contains reference to Bach in Japanese culture

    Bach’s focus

  7. Dave T says:

    Well, I did find this:

  8. Trent McEntyre says:

    What do you think the primary elementary of a plausibility structure are? About how much or what kind of culture do we need to create in order to right move toward this?

    Great post by the way!

  9. Mike Metzger says:

    Trent: There are overlapping cultures – not just one culture. True, there can be a predominant culture (or cultures). By definition, cultures are reality defining and boundary forming. Hence, marriage is an institution that, at one time, formed cultures that promoted chastity, self-control, faithfulness, and–in the heterosexual, monogamous marriage–helped to make the Christian faith (the gospel) plausible.

  10. Barnabas says:

    One lexicon in peace studies is personal/direct, institutional and structural(cultural). Is the model culture the Trinity relationship? Lived out in person(single/married), church and community ?
    Limited by individuality, exclusivity and sectarianism ?

  11. Barnabas says:

    Are there symptoms of relating only to the Father, the Son or Holy Spirit ?

    Ignorance of creation, community and personality ?

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