Releasing The Church From Its Cultural Captivity by S K Tham
A Rediscovery Of The Doctrine Of The Trinity

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"This book is a provocative look at how religious thought is molded by cultural norms and will help many people understand the subtle and not so subtle ways Christianity is developing in the Far East."
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In this book, I would like you to come on a journey with me. It is a journey that I have been on, and I want to retrace the route that I have taken. Some parts of the journey may be familiar to you, but other parts may be new and sometimes scary. My journey is by no means at its end yet, but the delight that I have experienced beckons me to tell others and to take others along this journey. Many times along the way, I had to discard the cultural baggage that I had carried along because they became burdensome and prevented me from going further. I then had to adorn a totally new attire and at times change my lenses to see things clearer. I was reluctant to do that at first, but the moment I tried on the new lenses, I saw things that I had never seen before. That was exciting. Things came into much sharper focus. However, the distant view remained hazy, but this only made me more determined to journey on. With each new step I took, I saw a little more. Somehow the haze of the distant hills never lifted. It remained. I was only given a clear view of the immediate surroundings. Over time I became contended with that view knowing that in this journey the delight is limitless. (S K Tham) Those who have struggled with cross-cultural communication of the Word of God will find this book a great assistance. It is not that here at last is a method we can employ that will remove the barriers we face, but there is an explanation and one that is not restricted to any particular ‘Christian’ cultural group. Siew Kiong Tham has argued that the basic problem is not anthropological or cultural—it is theological. Knowing the triune God and having that knowledge effect Christian living and relationships lies at the heart of all we are about as believers and proclaimers. (Rev Dr Ian Pennicook, New Creation Teaching Ministry, NSW) We see our own culture as inviolable. Apart from Christ, it represents our lasting and ‘sacred’ endeavours. It fits us with ‘the way things are done’. Dr Tham shows us that we may not simply overlay our culture with a form of external Christianity. The delivery of grace by the present reigning Lord Jesus can never be drooped over our culture as a better moral system that simply tidies up some minor cultural loose ends. The culture of the Father’s family must break through as the culture of love seen and known only in the Cross. Only there do we discover the Father’s lasting and sacred endeavours to form His culture within humanity. (Brian Arthur, Pastor, Bethel Christian Church)
 

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Published November 19, 2015 by Xlibris AU. 229 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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on Mar 21 2016

"This book is a provocative look at how religious thought is molded by cultural norms and will help many people understand the subtle and not so subtle ways Christianity is developing in the Far East."

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