Christianity is declining in the West. How will the church respond?
Redeemer City to City's "How to Reach the West Again" podcast takes the insights of author and pastor Timothy Keller's book of the same name—and explores them in greater detail with a host of guest ministry leaders.
Join us as we examine ourselves, our culture, and Scripture to work toward a new missionary encounter with Western culture that will make the gospel both attractive and credible to a new generation.
Episode 1: The Challenges of Reaching the West
Tim Keller defines a “missionary encounter” and describes the unique challenges of evangelism in the Western world today. Giotis Kantartzis and Stefan Paas explore generalizations about Western secular society and living as priests in exile.
Episode 2: A Christian High Theory
Tim Keller describes how a Christian high theory can assess and respond to the narratives that dominate our culture. Guests Pete Nicholas and Tim Coomar share how they navigate modern viewpoints of self-identity, as well as how Christians can respond to criticism toward the church in a graceful and thoughtful manner.
Episode 3: A Post-Christendom Evangelism Dynamic
Tim Keller outlines the elements of a post-Christian evangelism dynamic that moves beyond traditional evangelistic methods. Guest René Breuel shares how his church attracts non-Christians through fellowship and friendship that demonstrates the power of the gospel. Apologist Lisa Fields explains how she equips churches to address the unique apologetic questions raised by Christians of African descent.
Episode 4: A Category-Defying Social Vision
Tim Keller casts a vision for a Christian community marked by the early church’s ethical commitments, which don’t easily fit into modern categories of “liberal” or “conservative”. Guest Sam Allberry explores how even though Christianity’s sexual ethic seems like a challenge to both the church and broader culture, it holds fundamental good for our benefit and affirms our self-worth. Then, Efrem Smith discusses the obstacles to creating multi-ethnic ministry, the importance of different cultures of Christians interacting with each other, and how the church can attain a biblical view of justice rather than views given to us by cultural rhetoric.
Episode 5: Counter-Catechesis for a Digital Age
Tim Keller discusses how to deconstruct cultural narratives and reconstruct them with biblical teaching, and the broader community necessary for Christian formation. Amsterdam pastor Tim Vreugdenhil describes a creative form of evangelism that has led him to reimagine Christian formation in a secular context. Guest Dennae Pierre shows how citywide, trans-denominational church planting networks can serve as moral ecologies.
Episode 6: Faithful Presence in the Public Sphere
Tim Keller explains why Christians living out their faith in vocations and other public spaces is crucial for a missionary encounter. Missy Wallace casts a vision for viewing our jobs as one of the primary venues for putting our faith into practice. Artist Makoto Fujimura invites us to see artists as bridgebuilders between the church and the world.
Great format for such an important subject
With so many chatty conversational podcasts these days, I find refreshing this combination of a section of writing about this crucial, contemporary Christian challenge with relevant conversational interviews of people actively dealing with them in a number of western cultures. Good work here.
So grateful for this podcast especially the kids at Keller intros the topic.