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Who Defines the Terms? (contextualization)

I find the use of the word “skeptic” interesting as the starting point. I would hope that the greater detail of the book would detail why this term is used. I suspect it reflects the Southern California academic/young professional setting targeted by InterVarsity there—the “Post-Modern” worldview that Choung’s dissertation addressed.

Since I believe the Western attempt to export Modernity to the majority world is unwise, I am going to be cautious about introducing Post-modern terminology and concepts. “Individuality run amok” is one of Post-modernisms stinging critiques of Modernity. But I fear that the Thesaurus being utilized was defined on Modernity’s terms.

Many of the least-reached people groups in our world are pre-modern! Yes, they are being impacted by elements of Modernity and Post-modernism, the more “connected” they are, but why drag them through all of this? They have “skipped” the land-line telephone technology in many areas, going from no phones to cell phones. Let’s skip the individuality the terms create.

Let us find Persons of Peace. Train them to facilitate discovery studies within their families, friendship groups and communities. Coach and mentor them as high into leadership as they will progress. Equip them to contextualize for their people group. They will do it better than we will. Let them draw the “four circles” for their context, if that proves needed.

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1 Response to “Who Defines the Terms? (contextualization)”


  1. January 2, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Hi John, Great post! I love the ‘no phone to cell phone’ analogy. As you know, we’ve been traveling a lot the last couple of weeks. I wish we had had the time to meet up, but our trip to the States was unplanned and too short. I’d love be able to catch up with you sometime soon. We are free in the mornings and evenings. If there is a day and time this week that is good for you let me know. Thanks. Blessings.

    – Stan


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