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Being a Counter-cultural Church
Discern the prevailing attitudes and practices of our culture that your congregation needs to counter.
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"I think that some Christians are afraid of being too critical of conventional cultural trends out of a fear of being (or being perceived to be) legalistic," says Ken Myers. But, as he later points out, "Endorsing a cultural trend is no less a judgment than criticizing it."

Everyday Christians are endorsing cultural trends both good and bad without realizing it. This 48-page resource is designed to help churches see and resist the values of our culture that do not honor God. Eugene Peterson, Ken Myers, and others offer keen insights on a variety of issues, including generational splits, consumerism, authenticity, meals, time management, and sleep.

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This Resource contains all of the following:

Culture Isn't Neutral 
The church cannot assume that any contemporary cultural form is acceptable.

Crafting a Way of Life  (hear an excerpt)
We must be more attentive to our cultural biases.

Eyeing the Cultural Lies  (hear an excerpt)
Questioning some common assumptions about ministry.

Controlling Our Desires 
Beware the pitfalls of consumerism.

Here We Are to Worship 
Six principles to help discern how worship should and shouldn't reflect today's culture.

Choosing Celibacy 
We must stop thinking of singleness as a problem.

For Shame 
Christians should welcome, rather than stigmatize, unwed mothers and their children.

Sleep Therapy 
The small, if challenging, task of becoming better rested.

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Topics:Christlikeness, Core values, Culture, Discernment, Discipleship, Relevance, Trends, Vision
Filters:Church board, Discipleship, Elder, Pastor
References:1 Corinthians 7:8, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Romans 12:2
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