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Stop Making Jesus Relevant!

Paul Gotthardt

Relevance has been the pragmatic goal of Christian ministry for way too long. You’ve heard the sentiment: “The church needs to be more relevant to mainstream culture.” “Christians need to show how the Bible is relevant to daily life.” “A postmodern world needs to see that Jesus is relevant.” You would think that the Great Commission was, “Go therefore, and be relevant to all the nations.” At what point did Jesus become irrelevant? Truth be known, Christians have been trying to make Jesus relevant for a long time. The next several paragraphs may seem like gross overgeneralizations. These statements are

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