How can we make sure that the gospel we preach is not just a cut down westernised emaciated gospel? Sadly because we often don’t reflect on what the gospel is – we just assume we know it; our gospel begins to be reduced to fit in with the norms of the culture around us. Living in Oxfordshire my kids have unwittingly picked up the local accent – they didn’t decide to do it – it just happened they only notice it when they get together with my family from other places and then the accents become very noticeable. In the same way we can check to see if we have domesticated the gospel to western culture by listening hard to the critique of people from other cultures. That’s why we invited Rosalee Velloso Ewell the head of the World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission to address our National Consultation on Confidence in the Gospel. Rosalee is a Brazillian theologian with a sharp mind – listen carefully because she makes some important points – then let me know what you think.
There are some helpful discussion questions that you could use if you want to watch this video as a training tool for preachers and leaders.