Haslev recognised that contextualisation is hard work! Indeed, it is!
First, because we are so often unaware of the extent to which our own culture blinds us. Second, because we have only a partial grasp of both the culture of the Bible and of the culture into which we seek to communicate the biblical message. We will be able to meet Haslev’s challenge to make contextualisation a verb only if we accept the ongoing discipline of learning more about ourselves, the Bible and those to whom we are sent.
Contextualisation may be hard work, but it is also exciting! It’s thrilling to witness the gospel, indigenised in a culture, engaging people at the level of their deepest needs and aspirations, penetrating their world view and producing strong and relevant churches. And there’s a bonus! In contextualising the gospel for others, our own understanding of it is greatly widened and enriched as we see and experience it through a different cultural lens.
Rev. Fergus Macdonald
- Issues in Contextualisation by Patrick Sookhdeo
- The Old Testament Contextualisations by Saphir Athyal
- Contextualisation Theory in Euro-American Missiology by Charles H. Kraft
- Ethnicity and Race in Contextualisation by Morris Stuart
- Methods of Communication and Contextualisation by Graham Cray
- The Contextualised Witness of the Apostles by Ernst Baasland
- The Ethics of Contextualisation by Bishop Josiah Fearon
- An Observation from Haslev by Tom Houston, Minister-at-large