The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity - eBook  -     By: Soong-Chan Rah
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Format: DRM Free ePub
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Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780830878031
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2010 Golden Canon Leadership Book Award winner! The future is now. Philip Jenkins has chronicled how the next Christendom has shifted away from the Western church toward the global South and East. Likewise, changing demographics mean that North American society will accelerate its diversity in terms of race, ethnicity and culture. But evangelicalism has long been held captive by its predominantly white cultural identity and history. In this book professor and pastor Soong-Chan Rah calls the North American church to escape its captivity to Western cultural trappings and to embrace a new evangelicalism that is diverse and multiethnic. Rah brings keen analysis to the limitations of American Christianity and shows how captivity to Western individualism and materialism has played itself out in megachurches and emergent churches alike. Many white churches are in crisis and ill-equipped to minister to new cultural realities, but immigrant, ethnic and multiethnic churches are succeeding and flourishing. This prophetic report casts a vision for a dynamic evangelicalism that fully embodies the cultural realities of the twenty-first century. Spiritual renewal is happening within the North American church, from corners and margins not always noticed by those in the center. Come, discover the vitality of the next evangelicalism.

Author Bio

Soong-Chan Rah (D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Previously he was founding pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rah has been a part of four different church-planting efforts, and served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston. He also serves on the boards of Sojourners and the Catalyst Leadership Center. He is a frequent conference speaker and contributed to (InterVarsity Press).

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Soong-Chan Rah (D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is Milton B. Engebretson Assistant Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.

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The future is now. Philip Jenkins has chronicled how the next Christendom has shifted away from the Western church toward the global South and East. Likewise, changing demographics mean that North American society will accelerate its diversity in terms of race, ethnicity and culture. But evangelicalism has long been held captive by its predominantly white cultural identity and history.
In this book professor and pastor Soong-Chan Rah calls the North American church to escape its captivity to Western cultural trappings and to embrace a new evangelicalism that is diverse and multiethnic. Rah brings keen analysis to the limitations of American Christianity and shows how captivity to Western individualism and materialism has played itself out in megachurches and emergent churches alike. In turn, this prophetic minority report casts a vision for a dynamic evangelicalism that fully embodies the cultural realities of the twenty-first century.

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Professor and pastor Rah says the evangelical church has been in captivity to Western white power and must be released in the same way the early Christian church was released from Jewish cultural control. “Racism is America’s original and most deeply rooted sin,” he says bluntly. The church needs to recover a corporate confession of this original sin of building a culture and economy on the backs of Native Americans and black slaves, and a “conspicuous silence” remains on the issue of immigration from white evangelical church leaders. Stories of churches resisting ethnic change in communities, or learning from and embodying ethnic change, are a strong part of his analysis. He finds the term “emergent church” offensive, saying “the real emerging church is the church in Africa, Asia, and Latin America,” which now makes up 60 percent of the world’s Christian population. The “next evangelicalism” should embrace a theology of suffering as well as celebration, intentionally give up power, and follow the lead of second-generation immigrants. Rah rocks the white evangelical citadel with this book. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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    Clarion Call to End Racism
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    Soong-Chan Rah writes, "As many lament the decline of Christianity in the United States in the early stages of the twenty-first century, very few have recognized that American Christianity may actually be growing, but in unexpected and surprising ways."

    In 'The Next Evangelicalism, Rah posits that mainstream evangelicalism in the United States has been too monocultural in its worldview--"white" and "Western," he says. It has been "taken captive" by individualism, consumerism/materialism, and racism. This captivity is pervasive, he writes, as seen in the megachurch movement, the emerging church movement (which Rah rightly argues pays too much attention to just white voices), and through cultural imperialism. Looking at Native American, African American, immigrant, and multicultural communities, Rah offers hopeful alternatives for evangelicalism's future.

    Every evangelical Christian should read this book. Rah has the courage to say hard things the church needs to hear. His excellent treatment of racism, especially, should be preached from the pulpits and studied in small groups.

    However, there are at least two key points where I take issue with Rah.

    First, a distraction is Rah's equating "white" with "Western" as he discusses the church's captivity. But these two are not always synonymous words, and sometimes when the author uses "white" he really means (or should mean) "Western" instead. Rah mentions T.D. Jakes as a megachurch pastor who is emblematic of the church's captivity to ("white") numerical pragmatism. But Jakes is "Western" and not "white." And there are non-white sectors of the Western church deserving of Rah's critique (for example, Creflo Dollar and other "health and wealth gospel" African American pastors should be included in Rah's critique of Western consumerism and materialism). Rah's arguments would have more force (and been more accurate) if he simply had referred to "Western cultural captivity."

    Second, I struggled to accept some final remarks: "The shift in American evangelicalism is well under way. The white churches are in significant decline." I will grant the first assertion. But as to the second, Rah does not define further what he means by "decline" and provides barely any evidence of it that I could see. In fact, if he means numerical decline, he is using a standard previously rejected in his book. (Church health ought to be measured not by buildings built or number of attendees alone, he notes, but by taking the spiritual pulse of the congregation.) Is a Church feeding the poor? Welcoming the stranger? Caring for the sick? If so, Rah would say, it is a healthy church. By this standard, the predominantly "white" church at which I recently served as youth minister, for example, is very healthy. Members of that church, and of many others I know that are like it, might read lines like this and ask, "What decline?"

    Even so, I don't want to overly fault Rah for those objections. As a reader I do not demand that Rah say everything perfectly before I accept the force and truth of his overarching claims. All in all, The Next Evangelicalism issues a clarion call to the church to end racism, embrace the growing diversity of the body of Christ, hear voices that have been marginalized, and more accurately reflect the church the Bible calls us to be.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    August 25, 2010
    James Ward
    Musicians, be aware that this great book has nothing in it about multi- or cross-cultural music! I was incredulous as I realized again that a pastor was so oblivious to music's part in the diversity of the local body. A solid sociological overview, though.
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    August 14, 2010
    Philemon Ngare
    Have read the whole book in a few days. My perception about the Western Church has been challenged. Rah's vision for the Body of Christ in America is indeed a bold one. His prophetic voice against the sins of the Church in America is timely. Rah's American experience makes both his vision for the Church and his prophecy against sins of the Western Church more genuine and credible. It is high time the Western Church confessed her sins as discussed by Rah in his book. May I recommend Rah's text to all serious Christians in America!!!
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    February 5, 2010
    Robert E McIntyre
    This book is written by one angry man. He must feel slighted by not fitting into American society. He uses Scripture as a battering ram to attack the American section of Christianity.
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