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...
The evangelical world has flown into turbulent skies over the last few months. From Phil Robertson to bakeries in Arizona, and more recently the World Vision debacle. Evangelicals are facing a potential fork in the road in how they think through homosexuality. Then there’s the never dying debates about...
The beauty and the glory of the gospel is that the offer of salvation is extended to everyone. Race or culture, language or skin color, wealthy or homeless, it matters not. “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame. For there is no distinction…bestowing his riches...
Sometimes the concepts that we interact with every day and take for granted are the most fascinating to explore. Consider beauty. A recognition and appreciation of beauty is a part of the universal human experience. But why? Have you ever tried to define beauty? How is it that we...
Why should Christians care about the arts? The two reasons I have already given are that art cannot be avoided, so we should think critically about it, and that the arts serve as a cultural barometer. In this post I will add a third reason: The arts allow us...
A. W. Tozer famously said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” John Frame widens that thought to extend to literally everything: “The most important fact about anything in the world is its relationship to God's lordship.” Frame intends...
By most standards, NBC’s The Office has been dominant for the early part of the 21st century. Some would say the show is past its prime—I would argue otherwise, though I would acknowledge that its best seasons are probably behind it—but The Office is now in its eighth season...
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...
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...
I recently heard an African-American describe the difference between living in the South and living in the North. "In the South," he said, "I was loved, but only as an inferior. In the North, I was treated as an equal, but I was hated." Kind of a no win...
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