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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.

SERMON from 1-6-13: “A Fresh Start: Taking God With You”

John 8.1-11 (CEB) 8And Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early in the morning he returned to the temple. All the people gathered around him, and he sat down and taught them. 3The legal experts and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery. Placing her in the center of the group, 4they said to

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Bart Gingerich: @MarkDTooley Shows ‘Objectivity’



With one last gasp in 2012, Bart Gingerich – of The Institute for Religion & Democracyshares the books he thinks top various types of lists for 2012.  The list of controversial books he names included books by Mike Slaughter and Rachael Held Evans.  The list of “books worth reading” included the book written by Mark Tooley – who just happens to be Gingerich’s boss.

If you follow this blog or the IRD at all, you will no doubt see the humor and irony in Gingerich’s quote about Tooley’s book:

Another example of perfect objectivity, we’ve nominated our own president’s historical analysis of Methodism’s intersection in the political sphere from McKinley to George W. Bush.

In case you missed it, Gingerich expects his readers to believe that Mark Tooley shows perfect objectivity.  This is the same Mark Tooley that has said that Christmas commercialization is a good thing, using capitalism as the supporting argument – conveniently leaving out the plight of the Chinese worker in the run-up to the holiday.  Bart Gingerich is a poor cultural analyst.  The proof is in equating anything that Tooley says with “perfect objectivity.”

Another hit to the credibility of this organization.

UPDATE: Perkins’ FRC Stands “With Kirk” Cameron as “Monumental” Approaches

The Family Research Council–headed by Tony Perkins–has begun a campaign for their supporters on Facebook to show solidarity with Mike Seaver on Monumental. The idea is that you “like” and “share” this (the photo above) through your Facebook account.  As of 1:13pm, there were 85 people who had commented on the photo and nearly 1,500 who have

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