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Luke 4 – Jesus Provokes Ethnocentric Fury

When Jesus engages his hometown of Nazareth, during a sabbath gathering, the narrative reports that these neighbors begin with raves. But when Jesus’ preaching proceeds to Hebrew texts that are less acceptable to them, they become  enraged. Those texts were about God’s care and initiatives with Gentiles. → This Bible study is intended for both personal reflection and group discussion. While suitable for use throughout the book, it is especially relevant to chapter 1 (pp. 34ff) where Branson lists numerous biblical passages that show how important cultural boundary-crossing is in scripture. It can also be used with the section on “Interpretive Leadership” (p 213). Luke 4:14-30 Bible study

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Part I: Theology and Context

Using the frameworks of practical theology and missional ecclesiology, we provide an introduction to the work of leadership and to social theory, including matters of social contexts, cultural variables, and ethnic identity.

Part II: Sociocultural Perspectives

Cultural anthropology provides insights into social power and human dynamics that vary among cultures. Topics include worldviews, relationships, identity, language, and perception and thinking.

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We need to develop the skills and capacities for communication and leadership in intercultural settings in order to engage the challenges of church life and mission in multicultural contexts.


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