Tag: Consumerism

In my previous post, I argued that consumerism has affected the church in ways that we rarely consider. We don’t try to convince church members that they need to be buying more stuff, but our structure and overall approach does tend to communicate that each person’s role in the...
In many American churches, consumerism is being used as a vehicle for the gospel. With lessons gleaned from the entertainment industry and the world of marketing, these churches present the gospel using forms of communication familiar to every American. Many people hear the gospel through this type of church....
Two significant events took place in the same moment this past week. The first was the release of the iPhone 6. Of course, most of us could argue convincingly that this does not qualify as a “significant event,” but the fact remains that people freak out and line up...
Amidst the hectic nature of the Christmas season, squeezed within the crowds of our shopping malls, and frantically moving from one get-together to the next, we need to remember one essential Christmas truth: Immanuel. I’m not talking about loosening up your Christmas schedule. I’m not asking you to forego your...
Throughout the Bible, God’s people are accused of turning away from God and toward idols. Idolatry is the epitome of godlessness because it denies God his due worship and enthrones some other person or thing in his place. But biblically speaking, the greatest mass-producer of idols is God himself. Romans 1:18–25...

Selling Jesus

Christian bookstores give me the creeps. A lot of that stems from the fact that they contain very few books. Some of it also comes from the decorative knickknacks that cover every shelf and display table. I have to be fair. I know people who love their local Christian bookstore...
Black Friday makes for juicy news. We’ve all heard the accounts of people being trampled as greedy shoppers, driven foaming-at-the-mouth-mad by consumerism, race to pimp out their already lavish homes with a Black Friday superdeal. And this year, we have all been scandalized by reports that Black Friday is...
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