While speaking out against the status quo of his day, Jesus referred to himself, his message, and its recipients as new wine poured out into new wineskins:
"No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out, and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins." Luke 5:37-38
Those at New Wine, New Wineskins wrestle with rethinking how to communicate the eternal Word of Christ in an ever-changing culture in a holistic manner. This requires keeping one finger on the pulse of the Bible and another on the bold print of the daily news. New Wine provides forums for educating the community to speak meaningfully to the current concerns of Christ in the church and broader culture. New Wine is geared toward life transformation—bringing the Word to life. Drawing from the Master’s metaphor in Luke 5:27-39, our desire is to see the new wine— the truth of the ancient Gospel story—poured into the new wineskins of the lives of people in contemporary culture.
Vision: bearing witness to Christ in contemporary culture.
Mission: partnering with the church to live incarnationally in the communities in which we are placed and beyond. New Wine is an official program of Multnomah Biblical Seminary for Multnomah University and the community at large.
New Wine lives out its mission through biannual educational conferences on a wide range of cultural issues. Past conference topics have included homelessness, the prison system, global climate change, HIV/AIDS, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the global slave trade, faith and the arts, lifestyle evangelism, same-sex marriage, community development, racism, and more.
New Wine trains up leaders in its vision through its internship program at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Interns meet bimonthly, take biannual retreats, and share meals together frequently. Interns have the opportunity to plan “plunge” events in the community, like Friday Franks, and on-campus engagement activities, such as film screenings and multicultural meals. While the specific endeavors of the program fluctuate based on the interests of current interns, they all flow out of teaching and community-building around New Wine’s theology of cultural engagement.
New Wine’s vision is fleshed out in curriculum at Multnomah Biblical Seminary, including Intercultural Studies 701 – Christian Theology & World Religions, Intercultural Studies 642 – Theology of Cultural Engagement, Theology 650 – Incarnational Apologetics, and Theology 732 – Biblical Theology of Evangelism.
New Wine’s mission is practiced through the journal, Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture.
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