How do we share a common commitment to the core gospel, obedience orientation in all things, and yet escape divisiveness? Escaping divisiveness can come, potentially, by recognizing that our “denominations” and “emphases” are “contextualiztions” if only because not every variant can be absolutely correct. Here are some more thoughts on contextualization…

From the Desk of John King

Every gospel dialogue is contextualized. The issue is not “if,” but how and by whom. It can be done well or poorly. It can be done intentionally or accidentally. Some accidental contextualization can turn out well, but it will likely be difficult to apply to a new context until the accidental becomes intentional. Not all intentional contextualization goes well, either.

Some might question me doing this article/series on Christmas day. “Give it a rest, John!” I can hear someone mumbling.

Where are the primary sources for what we call “the Christmas story” found? Yes, in the Gospel According to Matthew and the Gospel According to Luke. Two of our four “gospels” record the details about the birth of Jesus. But anyone who has read these two accounts closely realizes they are very different in their emphases.

Why would Luke include the details about the shepherds while Matthew focuses on the…

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