Friday, August 6, 2010

engaging with the world ...

I'm pretty excited about sharing with the d4thekingdom crew on the 28th of August ... their topic for the night has me doing some pondering though ...

... engaging with the world ...

when we say "world" ... what do we mean? Is it a question of pure geography ... or is it more than that? ... and if it is more than just where we are, then what does it mean to engage with it?

engage - rugby players do it in a scrum ... soldiers do it on the battle field ... lovers do it in the midst of proposal ... politicians do it in the midst of their campaign ... are these helpful pictures?

... so ... while we're at it, what do we mean by "engaging" ... and who are we expecting to be doing the engaging?

Would love to hear your thoughts ... it might help in my prep!

5 comments:

pix johnson said...

maybe it means we have to stop in our western type of way, wandering around with our heads down, going about our own business..... afraid to look up incase someone makes eye contact with us, incase we have to move away from self and look to the needs of others..

Dan Beasy said...

Whose world is it? God's? Ours? This will determine our sense/level of engagement I would think

Matt Fricker said...

Just wondering... where in the Bible is the 'verse' that so often gets quoted... 'be in the world but not of the world'?

JiDiversion said...

When I think about this topic I always end up at Acts 1:8 and ask myself, what is their Judea?
This means I would look at their culture, how they access the world around them, their expressions and language. Then I have to think about how I am going to "translate" the gospel into their setting.
At the end of the day engagement can only happen when they understand what you are saying.

Carola... said...

Reading this gets me pumped to hear what your conclusion will be next Satdee... I think this whole topic will be amazing to talk about with both sides of many life paths: those who have travelled/never travelled, those who participate in external ministry, those who are in school/left school... and then some.

Well, I don't know if that small thought will help or hinder, but I will just so happen to be at the event... making coffee. Will be great to see you there!