Crossword Puzzle: Cultural issues

Covers material in in chapter 7, Discovering Missions by Gailey and Culbertson

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1 Practices that replace those that are incompatible with Christianity
5 A word that is sometimes erroneously considered to be almost synonymous with "culture"
6 Categories of things that are components of every culture
7 The idea that all cultures are on a "progress" scale moving from backward to civilized
8 A 19th-century Englishman whose definition of "culture" remains very usable
9 The meaning or significance which physical characteristics of an object, sound, or custom communicate within a given context
10 The study of humanity
11 Using one's own culture as the standard by which to judge things in other cultures
13 How culture is communicated to young children
14 What Bob Sjogren says makes us think of us as "us" and them as "them."
16 Components of a culture which can bring the gospel into sharp focus for the people of that culture
17 The disorientation experienced when people move into an unfamiliar culture and have to cope with different patterns of life
2 What Samuel Zwemer said missionaries often experienced who had so "wedded their hearts" to the place where they served that when they returned "home," they felt homesick for the mission field
3 A ministry model in which one attempts to identify fully with the people that are being reached
4 The process by which adults learn new cultures
12 One good analogy or metaphor for culture
15 The distinguishable characteristics of an object, sound, or custom

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    -- Howard Culbertson,

Based on material in the book Discovering Missions by Charles Gailey and Howard Culbertson, published by Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City (now known as The Foundry)


The interplay between culture and Christian world evangelism efforts is a complex dance of adaptation and transformation. As missionaries venture into diverse cultural landscapes, they encounter a spectrum of beliefs, traditions, and societal norms that shape the receptivity to their message. Successful evangelism necessitates a delicate balance between respecting cultural differences and challenging ingrained practices that conflict with Christian teachings. Cultural sensitivity is paramount, as effective evangelism requires understanding the nuances of local customs and traditions to communicate the Gospel in ways that resonate with diverse audiences. However, this interplay also sparks debates within Christian circles about the extent to which cultural elements should be integrated into evangelistic strategies, with some advocating for contextualization while others emphasize the preservation of doctrinal purity. Ultimately, navigating the intersection of culture and evangelism demands discernment, humility, and a commitment to engaging with people where they are while remaining faithful to the core principles of the Christian faith.

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