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Christians Creating Culture, Not Controlling It


This semester – my final semester at United Seminary (as I graduate in December) – I’m taking a class entitled ‘Christ, Culture & Conversion.’

So far, it has proved to be very challenging and exciting.

The above video features Andy Crouch – editor of Christianity Today – talking about how Christians should understand, interact with and create culture.

I highly recommend taking 10 minutes to view it.

Christians should be about creating, contributing to and interacting with the culture (a term which he defines in this video), rather than seeking to control it.  When we seek to control the culture – as we see is the goal of so many prominent Christians today – we typically don’t do a very good job.

To borrow a phrase from my new obsession with British television, “we muck it up.”  Let’s stop mucking it up.

In Other News, The Church is Dying

    So many Christians have spent their time, talent and treasure on this General Election season.  Some are glad, whereas many more are sad.  Take your time to celebrate or stew. When you’re done, allow me to call your attention to something far more important. The church is dying.  Now, it doesn’t appear to

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Keith Pavlisheck of @theIRD Creates a Straw Man from a Straw Man

  Keith Pavlisheck is a blogger with The Institute on Religion & Democracy.  Apparently, he also specializes in calling fellow believers names and having a sullen sense of superiority about it. Shane Claiborne is a pacifist – and a church leader, writer and prolific national speaker.  He views Jesus self-sacrificing death on the cross as a

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‘We’re No. 4!’ @UnitedSeminary Takes a Victory Lap?

United Theological Seminary is a school on the rise.  For better or worse, their enrollment is up and they are gaining a reputation for being one of the top theological schools in the UMC–maybe even the country. They are doing so well–in fact–that they were named #4 in a survey of graduate programs…in Dayton, OH…by

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SERMON from 10-21-12: ‘Write Your Sorrows in Sand & Your Blessings in Stone’ (from series entitled ‘Bumper Sticker Theology’)

1 Peter 1.3-7 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

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Billy Graham Sells Out Before Checking Out – Mormonism No ‘Cult’

I don’t mean to sound crass, but Billy Graham is suffering from a long list of ailments that may soon “call him home.”  But before he does that, he needs to help a Mormon get elected by selling out his long held beliefs. NOTE: This is not an anti-Mormon post.  I don’t care about the

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Voices Without A Paper Trail–Anonymous Political Speech

David Barton posted this through his organization’s Facebook page today.  It’s a video entitled “Voices Without A Vote.”  In it, teenagers ranging from 13 to 16–according to them–describe how their futures are at stake in the upcoming election.  The point of the video is that of any other video coming out right now and related

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@GlennBeck is Fasting

    On his broadcast this morning, radio talk show host and burgeoning media mogul Glenn Beck shared with his audience of millions that he and his co-hosts were fasting for God’s will to be done during this campaign season.  Oopsy. You see, fasting is not really supposed to be something you go around telling

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Return of the Psy #GangnamStyle

For those who are both Star Wars and Korean rap fans:)  

“Hitler, Obama And The UMC: Three Peas In A Pod”

Now that I have your attention…I need you to read this entire post. I only created this headline so people might read this post, because I feel more passionately about this than anything I have ever done as a minister of the gospel. I never desired this blog to be a place where criticism of

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