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Following Christ in the 21st Century: Lessons from Noah, Abraham, and Nehemiah

February 16, 2017

To many American Christians, it may seem as if cultural trends are decidedly less Christian-friendly than they were a generation ago.  We may find ourselves worring about the direction our culture is headed in the 21st century, and we may long for the seeming simplicity of the "good old days."

But we need to recognize that the relation between God's people and their surrounding culture has always been a complicated one.  Any human culture is a mosaic of different - sometimes competing - elements, and thus there are points of contact with the Gospel as well as points that are radically opposed to the Gospel.  Interacting with one's surrounding society is a challenge for believers in all eras and all places, but of course the challenges are different in different times and places.  As a result, we are hardly the first Christian generation that has faced challenges in carrying out its mission to impact the surrounding society.

In fact, the Ancient Near Eastern culture in which the Old Testament people of God bore witness to the Lord had many similarities to the post-Christian society in which we find ourselves in 21st century America.  Two of Gordon-Conwell's eminent professors, Dr. Carol Kaminski and Dr. Thomas Petter, have thought long and fruitfully about the ways Noah, Abraham, and Nehemiah sought to interact with the cultures around them, to proclaim the greatness of God and to find favor with the people around them as well.

On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Dr. Kaminski and Dr. Petter will share their insights into the way these three Old Testament figures can inform our own efforts at living faithfully in a complex, challenging society.  Please join us at 7:00 PM in the North American Room of the David M. Rogers Hall of Mission for these inspiring lectures.

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