In continuing our recent focus on media and theology, I think it would be beneficial to lay a rough theological framework to help guide the discussion. One of the most important passages for considering how Christians should think about and interact with our culture is Romans 1:18-25. (Preston already...
On a recent trip to Disneyland (thanks to the generosity of my parents), we watched the “holiday” version of Disney’s World of Color in California Adventure. If you’ve never seen World of Color, it’s impressive. For half an hour, jets of water shoot across the lake in California Adventure,...
Brene Brown has become a rockstar! Her TED talks have amassed 28 million views, and three of her books are #1 best sellers on Amazon. The reason for her popularity is simple. Brene Brown speaks on a topic that deeply affects everyone—shame. We all dread that painful sense of unworthiness...
In this post, we’ll dig into the issue that’s been lingering in the back of many of your minds, I’m sure, and one which has come up here and there in the comments thus far: What about the Old Testament? Surely the Old Testament’s clear allowance, and in many...
As stated in a previous post, there is much that the church can learn from the Occupy Wall       Street movement. In addition to seeing how incredibly diverse groups can find unity around a common cause; the church can also learn a lot about OWS regarding hope. People around the...
A student once asked his Rabbi, “Teacher, why does the Lord allow evil in the world?” The Rabbi responded, “With such a good question, my son, why would you want to ruin it with an answer?” Despite the Rabbi’s clever response, the question “Why does God allow his children...
I was just shown this article in the Wall Street Journal on the life of Steve Jobs and what he offered to the world. The article is written by Andy Crouch, author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling (a required textbook in our Bachelor's curriculum). Not only does...
As Christians, we know that consumerism is bad. What could possibly be good about buying a bunch of stuff? I recently listened to a lecture by Michael Goheen in which he challenged his students to see the goods and the bads of every “Ism.” This makes most of us uncomfortable,...
In John 7, the Jews go up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. While this festival is going on, there is nonstop speculation about who Jesus is. Everyone is talking, whispering, and accusing with regard to Jesus’ identity and intentions. Some are convinced that “he is a good...
It is becoming increasingly common for Christians to look at the secular world around them and interpret it in theological terms. In fact, it’s something we like posting about from time to time (see the links below). But is that a valid approach? Shouldn’t it feel artificial to look at...
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