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May 22, 2007

Briny Fish

Fish Rick Warren used this analogy at the Q Conference (mentioned earlier) to describe how a Christian is "in the world but not of the world."

Ever eat a fish that lived its whole life in briny water? It was immersed in brine, and yet didn't absorb the salt or become salty. Like that briny fish, we should be immersed in culture and yet remain pure.

Here's a paraphrase of some of his key points:

Don't live in isolation or insulation, but in incarnation. When it comes to engaging culture, it's all about you incarnating Christ. The key to engaging culture is humility, integrity, generosity, civility, clarity. It's easy to be relevant if you don't want to be biblical, and you can be biblical but not relevant. Find a balance.  Engaging culture is not programmatic but personal. It's not a strategy but a lifestyle. If you want to be relevant and biblical, and engage those around you, address those topics or issues in culture that will never change -- love, guilt, healing, hurts, loneliness, meaning, purpose.

Q: - In what ways are you biblically relevant to the people and culture around you?

How have you been able to be a briny fish -- in the world, but not of it?

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Incarnating Christ. Wouldn't that amount to a rather severe Christological heresy?

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