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How Much Contextualization Is Too Much?

Using the “C Scale”—are C4 and C5 churches biblical? Scott Dunford and Alex Kocman weigh the evidence.

Today in missions there’s a lot of talk about contextualization. The “C scale” developed by John Travis makes a case for so-called insider movements—professing believers in the Islamic world who follow Jesus, yet remain culturally and religiously Muslim. Is that biblical? How can we adapt the gospel to new cultures—and how far is too far?

Scott and Alex spend the first half of this jam-packed episode unpacking the C scale and defining contextualization, syncretism, and insider movements. Then, they offer 6 biblical principles for sound, gospel-centered missiology in an atmosphere where the temptation is to downgrade our definition of conversion or the church.

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