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Cross Cultural Christian
This book is written with different purposes in mind that are included within the ambiguity of the title:
- As the cross-cultural Christian - it is aimed at those who go as Christians from one culture to another and also for those who remain within their own culture but find themselves amongst people of different cultures; it replaces the two previous Faith for Life workbooks Entering Another’s World and The World Christian that were compiled twenty years previously but had become dated;
- As the Cross-cultural Christian - it is a reminder that Jesus was sent by God to bring all creation back into a full relationship with God the Father, so that we might have life in all its fullness. That his life, death and resurrection were intended to redeem all cultures; that the Cross redeems all cultures;
- As the cross cultural Christian – it draws awareness to the fact that it is easy to confuse Christianity with culture and that insights into other cultures help us to distinguish gospel from culture. Looking at Christ through different cultural eyes provides us with the perspective that enriches our understanding of who Christ is, and what he wants of us.
- Finally, and slightly tongue in cheek, as the cross cultural-Christian – it is a reminder that if you end up as a cultural Christian, who sees Christianity only through the lens of a single culture then, when you do engage with Christians from different cultures or come across their ideas, you can quite easily become angry, or cross!
Stuart Buchanan, the writer and editor, works half-time as Project Officer for Mission and Theological Studies in the Anglican Communion Office and half time as a writer and trainer.