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Response from Winfield Bevins


Postmodernism, The Church, and The Future
A Pneuma Review discussion about how the church should respond to postmodernism

Editor Introduction: Postmodernism, The Church, and The Future


I do have a few things to say about the postmodern discussion in The Pneuma Review. In my opinion, there has not been given any practical or relevant answers for how the church should engage our postmodern world. Many of the panelists have dealt with theory and not praxis. In many ways, there seems to be a denial that postmodernism even exists. If churches refuse to engage the culture whether they be Pentecostal, Baptists, even Catholic they will lose their ability to reach the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The church is one of the last institutions to acknowledge and engage the new world of postmodernism. Many Pentecostal and Charismatic churches have chosen to respond to the changes in our culture with apathy and denial and therefore have become irrelevant to the culture around us. Once we begin to deny cultural change we fall into the danger of institutionalism.

The Holy Spirit calls and empowers the church to engage culture. God is culturally relevant, in the Old testament, New Testament, and now in the 21st century.



Read Pastor Bevin’s article, “Retro Faith: A Christian Response to Postmodernism,” in the Spring 2007 issue of The Pneuma Review.

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Category: Ministry, Summer 2008

About the Author: The Rev. Dr. Winfield H. Bevins serves as the Director of Asbury Seminary’s Church Planting Initiative. He is also the Canon for Church Planting for the Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas and an adjunct professor at Trinity School for Ministry. He is the author of Plant: A Sower’s Guide to Church Planting (Seedbed, 2016), Rediscovering John Wesley (Pathway Press, 2005), Our Common Prayer: A Field Guide to the Book of Common Prayer (Simeon Press, 2013), Creed: Connect to the Basic Essentials of Historic Christian Faith (NavPress, 2011), and Grow at Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Family Discipleship (Seedbed, 2016). Amazon Author Page Facebook Twitter: @winfieldbevins

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