Category Archives: Culture

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 <> 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 <> 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


Are we persecuted or just offended?

Dr. Russell Moore has written a thought provoking article entitled, “The Difference Between Being Offended and Being Persecuted.” In his opening paragraph, he states,

There are two key mistakes American Christians tend to make when thinking about the intersection of religion and culture. The first is to have an attitude of a “majority” culture, a mindset that incorrectly conflates a civic morality with Christianity and seeks to build coalitions to “turn America back” to Christ. But there is another mistake too, and that is to have a fearful, hand-wringing siege mentality. While it’s true that religious liberty is genuinely imperiled, perhaps more than at any time since the revolutionary era, we will not be able to articulate our commitments in this arena if we don’t know how to differentiate between state persecution and cultural marginalization, between public oppression and personal offense.

Click on the link above to read the entire article.

(Thanks, Tim Jack, for turning me on to the article.)

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Posted by on September 26, 2015 in Culture, News stories, Quotes


Gender Confusion

For those trying to wrap their heads around the transgender movement and Bruce Jenner’s transition to “Caitlyn Jenner,” here are three recent articles:

Bruce ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner Needs Our Prayers, Not Our Applause” by David French – The article opens with these statements:

 A surgically damaged man appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, and the applause is mandatory. There are some who call this latest turn in the sexual revolution “radical” or “transformative.” Yet, in reality, the only thing radical about Bruce Jenner’s transformation into “Caitlyn” is the harm to his body, inflicted in a desperate quest to be something that he’s most assuredly not: a woman.

 The transgender movement is but one small branch of the immense, self-regarding tree of the sexual revolution, and since it shares the same logic as such cultural catastrophes as no-fault divorce and abortion on demand, its acceptance by elite culture was and is a foregone conclusion. After all, if the sexual revolutionaries believe — with religious fervor — that personal fulfillment and self-actualization are so important that it’s worth inflicting a grisly death on a wholly innocent baby to preserve, then a little gender-reassignment surgery is just one more, small step for (person)kind

The Accidental Feminist – Tim Challies has reviewed Courtney Reissig’s new book The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God’s Good Design. His review opens with these words:

Caitlyn Jenner is on the cover of Vanity Fair. Caitlyn used to be known as Bruce, of course, but now it’s Caitlyn, and Caitlyn has slowly become the face of our culture’s new relationship with gender. Gender, we are told, is merely a social construct, untied from sex and unleashed from masculinity or femininity. The clear demarkations of days gone by have been replaced by endless shades of gray.

The Bible describes something very different. The Bible describes masculinity and femininity as being distinct, and it describes both of them as reflecting something unique and important about God himself. Femininity is the subject of Courtney Reissig’s new book The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God’s Good Design.

Guidance on how to be a man – Peter Sholl has written a blog post contrasting the conflicting advice we get from culture and Scripture about what it means to be a man in today’s world. He concludes his articles with these words:

 As Christian men, we must take our lead from God’s word and his desire for a Christian man, not from our sports players and commentators, advertisers, or self-proclaimed life gurus.

 I so often forget who I am in Christ. Thousands of time a day, the world says to me “Be like this! Be like that!”, but never “Live out your life in Christ!”

God’s word will say that to me. Christian brothers will urge that in me. Christian sisters will encourage me in it.

My job is to listen, to pray for steadfastness and strength, to strive, and to be that encouraging voice to others.

All of these articles reinforce the need to return to the Scriptures. Rather than culture or celebrities, we need to allow the Scriptures to shape our understanding of gender, sexuality, and what it means to be created in God’s image.


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Posted by on June 3, 2015 in Culture, News stories


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For more insights on how to combat the sin of gossip, read Erik Raymond’s post, “How to Shut Down Gossip.” He describes a three-step process on how to deal with this nasty sin. Check out the article for more detail.

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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Church, Culture


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