By: Ircel Harrison
Most creative works deal with issues of meaning and existence. To engage our culture, Christians must interpret these works on a deeper level and dialogue with creators and consumers of art in all its forms.
By: Roger Olson
You live in a post-truth culture. Many Americans, including quite a few Christians, don't care about "objective facts" as much as they care about feelings when it comes to forming their beliefs.
By: Michael Parnell
Movies are an art form. There's much more going on than pretty pictures up on a screen. One church is connecting with its community by showing secular movies and discussing their spiritual messages.
By: Michael Parnell
San Diego's annual Comic-Con event is the largest gathering of pop culture in the world. Find out what one Baptist pastor discovered that this event could teach our churches.
By: Robert Parham
We've done the morally right things on the immigration front, but the dial hasn't moved, despite our moral critique and Bible thumping. To change the cultural ethos, we must shine the light on telling positive stories.
By: Thomas Kidd
Culture is extraordinarily complex and not susceptible to quick change, especially through politics. While evangelicals can participate in politics, we must remember that politics simply reflects culture.
By: Guy Sayles
Faith communities make it either more or less likely that people will be able to live out their faith. You can't nurture peacemakers in a community that uses attack as its main way of relating to culture.
By: Roger Olson
"The Grinder" is a sitcom about two brothers - one a lawyer, the other an actor who played a lawyer on TV. The show is a satire on and parody of our fascination and obsession with celebrities.
By: Mark Tidsworth
The North American Christian church is losing its cultural majority status and privilege, along with its influence in the public square. The churches that flourish will practice these three things.
By: Bob Browning
Jesus couldn't ignore the plight of those who were being exploited, especially by the religious leaders. He accepted his mission to be an advocate for the poor and powerless. We also have no higher calling.
By: Mike Kuhn
Whether on the right or left, Christians have not been effective in changing the culture because they have sought to do it through political power. To make a difference in the culture, we need a new paradigm.
We often yearn for the way things used to be, but those days never existed. As one teacher reminded, the world always changes and is always the same. What matters is how we respond.
(RNS) Every December, Christmas culture warriors square off over whether it’s politically correct to say “Merry Christmas.”
How should the church relate to society? Some choose to withdraw, others seek the force of political power, and others embrace it without being a prophetic voice. But there is another response.
Every congregation has a unique culture. For church leaders, this means they must become social anthropologists who must peel back the layers of authority, custom and process to really understand their congregations.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A Muslim advocacy organization has released public service announcements as part of an ad campaign.
A familiar gospel song talks about the next life as "the land beyond the river." What about the people "beyond the river" in this life? Why don't we realize that those outside our comfort zones have needs and desires similar to our own?
On an Easter Sunday 40-plus years ago, I attended two Christian worship services in Thailand. One was typically Southern Baptist and felt like home. The other was less formal and in keeping with the Thai culture.
The verdict is in the Victoria Osteen case. A jury of her peers (I assume all wives of wavy-haired televangelists) deliberated two hours before finding her not guilty. So, the Osteens' three-year legal nightmare has come to an end. However, if they had asked me how extremely rich, incredibly photogenic mega-church pastors could avoid being sued, I'd have given them this advice:
While living abroad for the past 14 years, international friends have sometimes fussed at me about America's seeming indifference to issues affecting the rest of the world. To them, Americans are too smug, especially with regard to our way of life. Apparently, our sense of entitlement to a high standard of living is annoying.
The actor who portrayed George Bailey in the classic 1946 film "It's a Wonderful Life" died on Friday.
Names from the Bible remain popular as American parents consider their options for naming both boys and girls.
Do you know which professional group in the United States experiences the highest rate of suicide? According to the most recent edition of Newsweek magazine, the highest rate of suicide in our country, higher than among any other professional group, occurs among doctors.
The interim executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention has apologized for calling the Confederate flag a symbol of hate.
Living between two great oceans, North Americans generally tend to think of English as being the only language necessary. Unfortunately it is common to hear the sneer, "If they want to talk to us, let them learn English."
If you think females have achieved equality in the United States, just scan the headlines. Misogyny is alive and well.
I knew I belonged in America when I recently read that we are now the Fattest Nation on Earth. That doesn't mean that our girth on the old Rand McNally is changing, but that we Americans are, by and large (yes, pun intended; I am too clever by half) the fattest people on earth.
Did you watch Roger Clemens on "60 Minutes" Sunday night? I was at a meeting, but I caught the highlights on various news channels later on. What did you think: guilty or not guilty?
Bruce Springsteen's lyrics describe an America big enough for immigrants and immigration, decent enough to remember that those who come here are driven by their desperate faith in the American Dream, and hopeful enough to acknowledge that though this country can at times be a very hard land, American joy, goodness, generosity, and heroism are real.
I remember the year I eased the Barbie ban. It started with a lazy holiday shrug and ended with a dozen naked plastic bodies strewn about the house.
The good news is, if you're awake, you're alive. The bad news is, you have to get out of that comfy bed, find something to wear, and at least try to be someone who is pleasant to be around.
A really dangerous series of books has become popular. The first book is so innocuous that many people give it to their children. The tale begins with a couple of innocent kids exploring the simple goodness of the world around them. Soon they find out that humans are not alone in the universe, and that there are other realms we cannot see. They discover that their world is full of warring factions, evil spirits, armies of good and bad angels, conniving witches, greedy kings and corrupt religious establishments. The series reaches a furious climax with the characters committing the most heinous act you can imagine: They kill God.
One of the best advertising campaigns of late have been what Dove has produced related to the beauty industry and the negative impression it makes upon young women.
Did you hear the one about the Christian going into the coffee shop?
Having served as a pastor now for over 30 years, I have seen every sort of outreach gimmick you can imagine. Churches have been willing to do almost anything to get people into church, especially young people.