Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A Conversation and Cuisine

Check out this website! Xenos.org. Xenos has an outreach called Conversation Cuisine. To find out more about it, go to their web site and click "Ministries". Then click "Evangelism". You will find Conversation Cuisine to the right. To understand Conversation Cuisine we need to look back into history when Ahtens and the Greek world ruled the minds of it's culture. Whether it was a lecture hall or the porticoes of the region, Paul took the Gospel where the intellectual mind was praised and challenged. In Thessalonica and other cities he would speak to the Jews in the center of their culture and local government, the synagogue. In Athens he spoke in the Areopagus concerning the idol erected "TO AN UNKNOWN GOD". For two years he spoke in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. In the majority of Paul's writing's we see him share his faith through his worldview. To the Colossians he writes, "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and decptive philosophy which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, rather than on Christ." (Col. 2:8) For the Corinthians he challenges them by writing, "Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has God not made foolish the wisdom of the world?" (1 Cor. 1:20) To the province of Galatia, "I am confident in the Lord that you will not take any other view" (Gal. 5:10) In his first letter to Timothy, "Watch your life and doctrine closley. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." (1 Tim.4:16) In Paul's charge to Timothy he writes, "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction." (2 Tim. 1:2) Paul's ethical teachings revolved around his worldview. His worldview became the foundation and platform from which he threw himself into the ideas of his time. He took the Gospel from his heart and brought to the minds of the people. Through his worldview he was able to enter the arena of philosophy and discuss with the minds of his time, this "new" found faith in Christ.
Even though the idea of discussing philosophy has not changed, the porticoes have. We may call it Starbuck's. Barnes and Noble. Boarders. University cafe's. Conversation and Cuisine. The founders of C&C have caught the vision of Paul by bringing together the minds of this culture and presenting their worldview to the masses. What a great idea! In answering the question "Why a dinner-discusion party?" C&C provide the following answer, "...a perfect opportunity for them to experince what is like to be around people committed to God's love and hopefully develope a more trusting friendship with the home group member who invited them. This trust provides a context in which future discussions about spiritual matters take place;..." (xenos.org; 2003) The Christian members of C&C are meeting a need that the church sometimes lacks, and that is the area of ministering to the masses who would never step into a church setting. When exposing Christianity to postmodern society we need to be creative in the areas of evangelism. We need to have the confedience to enter their world and meet them at the crossroads of life. It seems that C&C does just that. It is providing a place for Christians, to strengthen their faith and to challenge the mindset of those who see themselves as king of their subjective world. Great job Xenos!

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