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The church's effort at relevance has cost it the power and independence of its narrative and ceded its social agenda to the world. Effective evangelism, rather, is a lived social practice, characteristically pacifist, in which the church presents itself as an alternate public, not as a diffident reformist subculture. What is the Christian narrative? "It is performative speech" that centers on an inner conversion and transforms the individual, not an institutional or individual "makeover" for the sake of extrinsic social advantage. Yet this latter strategy too often marks both individual's and the church's efforts.
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