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Going beyond H. Richard Neibuhr’s famous paradox model on “Christ and Culture,” Dr. Paul Raabe contends for a biblical, dynamic tension that exists between the culture and the faith. Using the image of a house, Raabe explores four “rooms” : (1) Christianity affirms culture in some respects; (2) Christianity opposes culture in some respects; (3) Christianity leavens culture in some ways; and (4) Christianity uses cultural forms to communicate its message. Each of the four rooms needs to be lived in for maintaining the tension presented in the Scriptures as a faithful witness to the lordship of Christ.

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep

Submission Topics

Church History; Community; Conflict; Cultural Engagement; Salvation; Scripture Interpretation; Spiritual Growth

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Psalm 24:1; Exodus 14:13–14; Exodus 14:18; Exodus 15:14-15; Deuteronomy 7:6–8; Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 9:4–5; Deuteronomy 18:24–30; Amos 9:11–12; Matthew 1:21; Matthew 4:8–9; Daniel 4:27; John 15:18-19; John 17:6; John 14:27; John 3:16-18; John 3:3-5; John 14:6; John 17:18; Philippians 4:8; Deuteronomy 4:6, 8; Matthew 5:16; Genesis 2:18; Genesis 2:24; Genesis 3:5-6; Isaiah 53:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–13; 1 Corinthians 10:16–17; 1 Corinthians 10:24;

Submission Audience

Laity; Ministers; Scholars

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