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The danger of cyncism

“Cynicism is corrosive to my eyesight. It makes it difficult for me to see the true, the good and the beautiful when it is right in front of me.”

Greg Ganssle

Interested, read Professor Ganssle’s article, “Cynicism and Affirmation,” on The Good Book Blog.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2016 in Biola University, Culture, Quotes

 

Looking for strength when fear closes in

My son posted the link to a thought provoking article on Facebook. “Nikabrik’s Candidate” is written by Gina Dalfonzo and compares our current political landscape to C. S. Lewis’ book, Prince Caspian, one of The Chronicles of Narnia. The author explains that

Lewis had a remarkable understanding of human nature. He knew what it was like to feel that all hope was lost. And he knew that fear and despair can drive decent people to look for someone, anyone, who projects an appearance of strength.

In speaking of Donald Trump, Dalfonzo wonders aloud “how some who have professed faith in Jesus Christ are lured by a man who openly puts all his faith in power and money, the very things Christ warned us against prizing too highly.”

You may not agree with everything the author says, but the article will make you think.

Thanks, Jon, for posting the link.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2016 in Books, Culture, News stories, Quotes

 

The rise of biblical illiteracy

PowerPoint Presentation

For more on the topic, read the article by Dr. Mohler, “The Scandal of Biblical Illiteracy: It’s Our Problem.”

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2016 in Bible Study, Culture, Quotes

 

Practical tools for a life of success

The Entitlement CureBook Review: The Entitlement Cure: Finding success in doing hard things the right way, by Dr. John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend has written a very helpful book aimed at correcting an entitlement mentality. The book can be useful for someone who struggles with that approach to life or for someone trying to help someone caught up in that mindset.

For those not familiar with the concept, entitlement is the belief that “I am exempt from responsibility and I am owed special treatment. Entitlement is: The man who thinks he is above all the rules. The woman who feels mistreated and needs others to make it up to her.”

The author believes that the solution to entitlement is “the Hard Way.” The Hard Way is “the habit of doing what is best, rather than what is comfortable, to achieve a worthwhile outcome.” Following the hard way will lead to: a path to reaching your own goals and dreams; better-quality relationships; a clarified career and job direction; a way to face and solve challenges; better self-care and life balance; and spiritual growth.

Throughout the book, Dr. Townsend provides skills and exercises to help people overcome the entitlement mindset. He provides strategies to help one grasp the value of keeping inconvenient commitments, finding ways to minimize regrets, how to take a meaningful risk every week, and understanding why saying “I don’t know” is the first step toward success.

If you find yourself stuck in “easy way” living, this book will encourage you how to make progress in overcoming it. Well-worth reading.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2015 in Books, Culture

 

The elusive commodity, PEACE

In a world of violence, chaos, disorder, and tragedy, we must recognize that the world will not know peace until the Prince of Peace reigns in every heart.

So … pray for peace in Paris, Jerusalem, the Middle East, your local community … strive to live at peace … and share the message of Jesus with those you come in contact with.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2015 in Culture, News stories, Theology

 

Understanding our sexually charged culture

My wife, Carol, & I wanted to pass on two resources for your consideration that will help you better understand our sexually charged culture and how to minister to our youth.

The Emotional STD” is an article written by Dr. Meg Meeker and appears on Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk web page. It demonstrates the link between teenage sexual activity, depression, and suicide.

We Cannot Be Silent is a book written by Dr. Albert Mohler. I recently reviewed it on my blog. The book traces the roots of our current sexual mores back to the 60’s and helps explain how to minister in light of where we are.

The article and the book are both heavy, sobering reading. In that sense, they are not for the faint of heart and may leave you a bit saddened or even depressed. But they will open your eyes and give you food for thought and cause you to pray for wisdom as to how to minister to people in today’s culture.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2015 in Books, Culture, Ministry, News stories

 

Take a Stand on Moral Issues

We cannot be silentBook Review: We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking truth to a culture redefining sex, marriage, & the very meaning of right & wrong, by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

Twenty years ago, not one nation on earth endorsed legal same-sex marriage. Now, access to same sex marriage is increasingly seen as a basic human right, one enshrined in law by the Supreme Court of the United States. In less than a single generation, Western cultures have experienced a moral revolution.

With the movement toward same-sex marriage and the normalization of homosexuality gaining momentum, some churches are running for cover. Yet our Christian responsibility is clear—we are to tell the truth about what God has revealed concerning human sexuality, gender, and marriage. No one said it was going to be easy.

This statement sums up the purpose and the theme of Dr. R. Albert Mohler’s latest book, We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking truth to a culture redefining sex, marriage, & the very meaning of right & wrong. In his book, the author examines how the transformation occurred and how we got to this point.

The sexual and cultural revolution began with the arrival of birth control and divorce. At the time, most Christians didn’t realize that separating sex from procreation and “no-fault” divorce set the stage for a total redefinition of marriage and the family. The sexual revolution laid the foundation for the moral revolution and those who advocate same-sex relationships. A redefinition of sex and gender not only leads to a redefinition of marriage, but also to the transgender revolution. This naturally leads to marriage as an institution disappearing from our eyes.

After describing the historical and cultural trends leading to where we are today, Dr. Mohler asks and answers the question, “What does the Bible really say about sex?” For biblical Christians, this is the most important question of all. The author follows this chapter with one addressing the issue of religious liberty. He closes the book by answering 30 basic questions that Christians are asking today.

Dr. Mohler closes the book with “A Word to the Reader.” He states,

In a very real sense, everything has now changed. The highest court of the land has redefined marriage. Those who cannot accept this redefinition of marriage as a matter of morality and ultimate truth, must acknowledge that the laws of this nation concerning marriage will indeed be defined against our will. We must acknowledge the authority of the Supreme Court in matters of law. Christians must be committed to be good citizens and good neighbors, even as we cannot accept this redefinition of marriage in our churches and in our lives.

We must contend for marriage as God’s gift to humanity—a gift central and essential to human flourishing and a gift that is limited the conjugal union of a man and a woman. We must contend for religious liberty for all, and focus our energies on protecting the rights of Christian citizens and Christian institutions to teach and operate on the basis of Christian conviction.

We cannot be silent, and we cannot join the moral revolution that stands in direct opposition to what we believe the Creator has designed, given, and intended for us. We cannot be silent, and we cannot fail to contend for marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

In one sense, everything has changed. And yet, nothing has changed. The cultural and legal landscape has changed, as we believe this will lead to very real harms to our neighbors. But our Christian responsibility has not changed. We are charged to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman and to speak the truth in love. We are also commanded to uphold the truth about marriage in our own lives, in our own marriages, in our own families, and in our own churches.

We are called to be the people of the truth, even when the truth is not popular and even when the truth is denied by the culture around us. Christians have found themselves in this position before, and we will again. God’s truth has not changed. The holy Scriptures have not changed. The gospel of Jesus Christ has not changed. The church’s mission has not changed. Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.

Challenging, insightful, and thought provoking. Well worth reading and pondering.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2015 in Books, Culture, Marriage, Quotes

 
 
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