Thursday, February 23, 2006

Irrelevance is Irreverence

(exerpt of an article written by Mark Batterson of National Community Church)

I agree with Mark's assessment, how about you?

The key to unforgettable preaching is packaging truth in ways that are biblically sound and culturally relevant. Let me borrow from the parable of the wineskins. Think of biblical exegesis as the wine. Think of cultural relevance as the wineskin. If you have one without the other, you’re not going to quench anybody’s thirst. You need the substance (biblical exegesis) and the container (cultural relevance).

If we divorce Biblical exegesis and cultural exegesis we end up with dysfunctional truth. It doesn’t do anybody any good. Either we answer questions no one is asking. Or we give the wrong answers.

National Community Church has a core value: irrelevance is irreverence. God isn’t just omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He’s omni-relevant. He knows the number of hairs on our head. He knows every need before we verbalize it. And He speaks more than six billion dialects. No one is more relevant than God. So anything less than relevance is irreverence! Relevance = Reverence. Cultural relevance doesn’t mean dumbing-down or watering-down the truth. It’s about incarnating timeless truth in timely ways.


Milton Stanley said...

Sounds reasonable to me.

Milton Stanley said...

I still haven't figured out how to use trackback on this site, but in any case, I linked to your post today. peace.

mrclm said...

Thanks Milton! I might be wrong, but with Blogger you can post the actual post link (in this case the post link is: ) in your new post at the top above your text box below your post "Title" box in the "Link" box. Now you do have to enable the "Link" option in your settings to be able to do this. I'm not certain, but I think this option is "off" by default.

Big Chris

Douglas said...

Hear hear! A little, pud, irrelevant god is no more than a fashion statement.