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Article: Postmodernity and Asian American Ministry

In the midst of some great conversations regarding emerging church, ultimately we are working, not just to dialogue about these things in broad strokes, as there is already much literature about these dynamics upon the church as a whole, but to specifically address issues in Asian American churches. While our faith certainly should transcend culture, and should influence our culture, even bring out the best in our culture, it certainly doesn't always play out that way in reality. There is a great deal of cultural friction in living out lives, communities, and cultures of faith in Jesus. Postmodernity is, as it is pumped over mass media and taught in our schools, for the most part, the tabula rasa of American culture — meaning that has become the default understanding of how we approach truth and ideas. However, I believe that it also provides some great tools for Christians to work with.

Check out the full article here, and just for teasers, I've provided a few excerpts below.

Christians and atheists alike in the modern age had been conditioned by the optimism in Reason. They thought that they could win by rational arguments. Thus people held their prejudices as absolute truths. Many Christians confused their interpretation of the Bible with biblical truth. They equated their experience of God with the reality of God. Postmodernism challenges this kind of arrogance…

postmodern people have great contempt toward the infighting of the church and the competition among denominations. Thus the speakers brought out the important point that church ministry should be Christ-centered. We should not bring attention to any "brand name" faith. This principle is supposed to be commonsense in church ministry. The needs of Postmodernity, however, intensify it. What postmodern people want is concrete experience of Christ's love. They care little about the differences between denominations…

the church leaders of first-generation immigrants need to let go. Parents not willing to let go of their grown children has always been a problem in Asian families. Many parents do not let their grown children take up their own responsibilities and decide their own directions in life. This kind of parent's heart when expanded to church ministry, has suffocated countless second-generation ministries.

About David Park

Christian 2nd-generation Korean American; Atlanta Georgia; more details to come.

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