Cultural clones and distinct disciples is a talk recorded at Baptist Assembly - 2012 on Practical Christian Life available as CD format.
Right from the earliest outset of Christian mission the temptation to standardise expressions of Christianity has dogged the Church. Through the centuries those embracing Christ from different faiths and cultures have reacted in a variety of ways to this standardising approach. While some have completely acquiesced so that their practice of the faith is a replica of those who brought Christ to them, others have sought to practice their faith in keeping with their culture. In recent years this latter trend has re-emerged among those embracing Christ from within the Muslim, Hindu and Sikh worlds. This conference will examine the opportunities for creative mission, the benefits for the wider Church and how to navigate the dangers of this approach. Robin Thomson, and Manoj Raithatha will help participants to explore these and related questions through stories, case studies and Biblical reflection. Chris Hale and Peter Hicks of Aradhna will share their views on how South Asian worship forms can be used to worship God and the benefits of this and other such approaches to build bridges for effective sharing of the gospel. Participants will also have the opportunity to consider how church practices that believers take for granted can be a stumbling block to people of faith and no faith, and how they can take constructive steps to overcome such barriers. There will also be an opportunity to hear about various resources to evangelise and disciple South Asians and wider British society.
Participants to include: Robin Thomson (South Asia Concern), Manoj Raithatha (South Asia Forum) and Aradhna