Category Archives: Culture

Why Ministers Leave

The typical pastor stays in a church for 3.6 years. This does not seem to offer much hope for any long-term vision for a local parish. Planning ahead seems futile from the outset. This discouraging number stems from a variety … Continue reading

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My Sheep Hear My Voice: The Hope of the Addict

I just received a book from a man I have never met, but who sought me a few years ago. He had written a book about his journey from addiction to non-addiction. I phrase it in those words because there … Continue reading

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On the Death of Bonhoeffer

The doctor who witnessed Bonhoeffer’s execution described it this way: Early the next morning, April 9, Bonhoeffer, Wilhelm Canaris, Hans Oster, and four fellow conspirators were hanged at the extermination camp of Flossenbürg. The camp doctor, who had to witness the executions, … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Live (SNL), DJesus Uncrossed, the Romans, the Jews and the God of the Bible

DJesus UnCrossed is SNL’s latest attempt to de-christ Christ. Of course, in our day, Jesus is easy to disrespect. One wonders if SNL would attempt a comedy journey through the life of Muhammad. No further comments needed. David Flowers believes … Continue reading

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What Would I Tell Tim Tebow?

Timothy Hatfield asked me what I would tell Tebow if I were his pastor. Since I have offered some positive observations of the Tebow phenomenon in the past, I felt compelled to offer a few brief words of pastoral advice: … Continue reading

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Re-Taking Mars Hill

Russell Moore tackles the oft used and abused passage from Acts. The entire article is worth consuming. Moore concludes: Christians must make sense of pop culture by judging it in terms of the story we embrace. When that happens, we’ll … Continue reading

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Guarding Children in a Sexualized Culture

Sam Black offers some sound advice on protecting our children from the dangers of a sexualized culture. Here are ten practices: Set clear rules for how the Internet and technology may be used in your home. That will vary based … Continue reading

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Ken Meyers Interview with The Christian Post

According to Meyers, it is not “culture” that is the problem, but the culture in the church that is our greatest challenge. Christians have failed to live out their faith in the midst of culture and thus the Gospel has been, …reduced to … Continue reading

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Divine Butler and Cosmic Therapist

A post by Melinda Penner in 2005 reminded me of the great responsibility pastors have to project and express a biblical view of life and the world. According to a 2005 study: Most religious youth couldn’t coherently express their beliefs and … Continue reading

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Kirk Cameron on Piers Morgan

Kirk Cameron was interviewed by Piers Morgan on a variety of topics. Among them was the issue of homosexuality and marriage. Cameron asserted that marriage was defined by God and was as “old as dirt.” Further, he stated emphatically that … Continue reading

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Metaxas’ Piercing Words to the President

My friend Todd Leonard brought this to my attention last night. I am only familiar with Metaxas’ name through his Bonhoeffer biography, and a passing reference from Stephen Mansfield, but it will be hard to forget his name from now … Continue reading

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The Tim Tebow Time

Americans love a show.  It is no surprise then Tim Tebow has stolen that show. The 24 year old Denver Broncos quarterback has been the source of intense scrutiny. Tebow’s startling success in this season, most notably Broncos’ playoff victory over … Continue reading

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Culture defined…

Leithart defines culture as “a people organized and united by its language, rites, rules, and mechanisms of enforcement.” He goes on to apply this same definition to covenant and Church. The Church is a different, alternative culture within a culture.

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Ann Coulter on Christianity

Ann Coulter responds to the liberal accusation that Hume should not have spoken of faith in a political setting. She states why Christianity is so hard for liberals to accept: Christianity is also the hardest religion in the world because, if … Continue reading

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The Future of the Blogosphere…

Trevin Wax concludes: Where will blogging go in the 2010’s? I’m not sure. I suspect that the initial stage of the blog wave is over. What we are seeing now is the maturation of the blogosphere, as blogging continues to … Continue reading

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Hollywood Worldviews: Interview with Mr. Brian Godawa

It was a real honor to have Brian on the show. He is the author of Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Movies with Wisdom and Discernment.Brian is a gifted screenwriter and a wonderful testimony of what an engaged Christian looks like. Our … Continue reading

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World’s Oldest Bible

LONDON – The surviving pages of the world’s oldest Christian Bible have been reunited — digitally. The early work known as the Codex Sinaiticus has been housed in four separate locations across the world for more than 150 years. But … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Prince Caspian

In a very celebratory mood, I entered the theater. All is perfect: the end of a long Master’s Degree and a free movie. My first reaction to Prince Caspian came when I heard it was a two hour and forty … Continue reading

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Screwing up America?

Out of sheer curiosity, I decided to start reading through Bernard Goldberg’s 100 People who are screwing up America. The book begins with a series of articles detailing the trajectory of television in the last 50 years. The author reveals … Continue reading

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I am Legend

Last week I saw I am Legend with Will Smith. It reminded me both of the tenseness of Signs with Mel Gibson and the one-man dialogue of Castaway with Tom Hanks. Smith is the only survivor in a world destroyed … Continue reading

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An Analysis of Kuyper’s Lecture: Calvinism a Life System, Part 3

How Shall We Then Live: Concluding Remarks on Predestinarianism and Christian Living from Kuyper’s Lectures The Calvinistic world-and-life-view is undergirded by one principal theological dogma: God is sovereign over the affairs of men. This dogmatic assertion carries over to the … Continue reading

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An Analysis of Kuyper’s Lecture: Calvinism a Life System, Part 2

In light of this comprehensive view of the Christian life, it is natural that another strong feature of Kuyperian thinking is an opposition to “escapism.” The Roman Church had abandoned any interest in a Biblical transformation of culture thus the … Continue reading

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An Analysis of Abraham Kuyper’s Lecture: Calvinism a Life System, Part 1

Abraham Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism is a vociferous call to cultural engagement. These lectures are not only a call to activism, but they also summarize Kuyper’s distinctive position, a new direction for Reformed thought that James Bratt[1] calls “Neo-Calvinism.”[2] Thus, … Continue reading

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Calvinism: A Comprehensive Worldview

Calvinism, from its earliest days, has expressed a comprehensive worldview. This does not mean that Calvinism has developed a distinctly Christian identity in every area; neither does it mean that the area Calvinism claims has been fully faithful to Biblical … Continue reading

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Living with a computer

Neil Postman, Jerry Mander and Wendell Berry, certainly have made powerful contributions to the devastating effects of technology in our world today. It is indisputable that our children are less interested in reading and in old fashioned research.1 I was … Continue reading

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Reviewing “A Good Year”

Last night I had the pleasantness of enjoying Russel Crowe in another superb performance. Granted, my level of criticism tends to be diminished when Crowe plays in most movies. Perhaps I expect too much out of Hollywood, so when “Cinderella … Continue reading

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A Visit to a Museum

The Chapel The Pulpit The Font Venturing into the personal side of life, this past Saturday my wife and I visited the THE CHARLES HOSMER MORSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART “which houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of the works … Continue reading

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Movie review #2 – Walk the Line


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Abortion Must Stop…

Prime Minister says Abortion MUST Stop for unborn girls We must end the crime of female foeticide. We must eliminate gender disparity,” Singh said in an address to the nation.

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San Giorgio Maggiore by Twilight, c.1908

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