Like well over four million other people, I have been reading (“devouring” is probably more accurate) first Freakonomics, and now SuperFreakonomics. These groundbreaking books, written by an insightful economist with brilliant curiosities (Steven D. Levitt) and a talented journalist (Stephen J. Dubner), explore “the hidden side of everything.” They...
Disclaimer: I know not all our readers are from the US.  I trust you can apply this in your context or you can just laugh at us. Walk into a typical conservative evangelical church over a 4th of July weekend and you’re guaranteed to see one: a t-shirt declaring “JesUSAves,”...
Can you count the number of authors you agree with on every point of doctrine and practice? I can: zero. (Okay, put me down for One if we’re counting the Bible (or somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 if you want to count the inspired writers)—but I’m keeping this...
We often think that popular culture is all about mindless entertainment. But we shouldn’t. In many ways, musicians and filmmakers are the philosophers of our day. Whether or not we realize it or care, they guide us in thinking through some of life’s most important issues. This week I’ve been...
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...
A couple of weeks ago, I raised this same question regarding music (see the post below), but the same sort of question can be raised with movies. A few years ago, a bunch of us at EBC went out to the movies and saw the Gran Torino with Clint...
What makes so-called Christian music, “Christian?” The answer that comes to mind—and one that I’m sure most readers of this blog would give—is that it sings about Christ. It praises God; it exalts Christ; it sings of his beauty, glory, salvation, and grace. Christian music is Christ centered through...
Reading the theologians of the past can be a rich experience. We have a lot to learn from those who have gone before us. Yet like most good things, there is a potential danger. As we read godly men like Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, Augustine, John Owen, and many others,...
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