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Mobile Ed: CS121 Cultural Engagement and Scripture (4 hour course - audio)


How do we live together well? How do we culturally engage in the manner that’s best for everyone, considering the diversity that we live in the midst of? Dr. Darrell Bock guides you through cultural engagement and Scripture and asks Christians to analyze the cultures that they live in and the ways they structure their lives. Bock explores the rules of the game of life, what makes people produce what we produce, the ways they work the earth, the ways we generate companies, the way they produce objects, the institutions that we form, the religions that we have, the kinds of governments that we build, the businesses that function, and all the things that make for the running of life. Delve into our world that is full of cultures and distinct settings and examine the cross-cultural realities and the pluralism that we all live with as human beings.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Introduction to Culture and Cultural Engagement

  • Thinking about Culture
  • Culture Does Not Equal the World
  • People in Culture: What Creation Tells Us
  • The Human Calling
  • The Christian’s Place in the Culture
  • A Core Tension: Diversity of Views
  • Richard Niebuhr on Christ and Culture: Six Approaches

Unit 2: The Hermeneutics of Cultural Engagement

  • The Bible and Culture: The Hermeneutics of Reading Both
  • Reading from Life Back to the Bible
  • The Core Tension
  • An Invitation and Call
  • LBGT Issues: An Overview
  • Common Texts against Same-Sex Marriage
  • Things the Bible Is Said to Say about Same-Sex Marriage
  • Civil and Pastoral Questions
  • Other Relevant Issues
  • Layers of Complexity

Unit 3: Scripture and Cultural Engagement

  • Paul’s Tone of Cultural Engagement in Romans 1 and 3
  • Paul’s Tone of Cultural Engagement in Acts 17
  • Lessons fromPaul
  • Observations about Doing Cultural Reflection in Scripture

Unit 4: The Application of Cultural Engagement

  • Theme One: Tone
  • Texts on Tone: 1 Peter 3:13–16
  • Texts on Tone: Colossians 4:4–6 and Galatians 6:10
  • Theme Two: Tone and Mission
  • Texts on Tone and Mission: 2 Corinthians 5:17–21
  • The Ambassador
  • Reconciliation
  • Summary of Tone and Mission
  • Theme Three: Combining Word and Deed
  • Loving One’s Neighbor with Compassion and Care
  • Caring Paves the Way for Challenge
  • Theme Four: The Role of Listening
  • How to Listen
  • How Not to Listen
  • Theme Five: Translating Theology
  • Defending Scripture: Part 1
  • Defending Scripture: Part 2
  • Theme Six: Making the Challenge
  • The Influence of Differing Worldviews
  • How to Engage: Galatians 6:1
  • What the Image of God Means
  • The Starting Point and the Finishing Point


  • Course Summary

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Darrell L. Bock

Dr. Darrell L. Bock, research professor of New Testament studies and professor of spiritual development and culture at Dallas Theological Seminary, serves as editor-at-large forChristianity Today, and is on the board of Chosen People Ministries and Wheaton College. From 2000 to 2001, Dr. Bock served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society.

He has earned international recognition as a Humboldt Scholar for his work in Luke-Acts, historical Jesus study, biblical theology, as well as with messianic Jewish ministries. He has published articles in the Los Angeles Times and The Dallas Morning News and is a well-known author of over 30 books. His publications include Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods,Jesus According to Scripture, an NIV Application Commentary on Luke, Breaking the Da Vinci Code, and commentaries on Acts and Luke in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) series.