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Like it or not, we live in a culture that generally does not like God unless they get to decide what He's like. It's up to us to contextualize the gospel, and up to God to open their eyes to it. But we have to live in the culture to do that.

Dec 18

Interview with U2’s Bono

Bono, the lead singer for legendary rock band U2 and co-founder of the ONE Campaign, shares his insight as a husband and father, and how his faith in Jesus Christ motivates him to use his celebrity status to fight for social justice.

Mar 04

Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns

Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal

Feb 20

How Non-Christian Soccer Moms Decide What Songs You Sing At Church

Most major Christian radio stations market not to Christians, but to soccer Moms driving kids around town, 30-40% who listen are not Christians. So the music you hear on Sunday morning is based on popularity, which is not determined by theologians or pastors, but by marketers appealing to thirty-something soccer moms of varying faiths and commitment.

Apr 12

Men=Mars, Women=Venus…Gen iY=Another Solar System

There is a new breed of employee walking through our front door. They are different than we are.

Sep 17

Hospitality and the Multicultural Church

No formula can deliver the church from centuries of ethnic tension, but we can adopt what Soong-Chan Rah calls a “learning posture” that will help us recognize God in other cultures besides our own and teach us to worship Him together.

Aug 30

“I Love The Way You Lie” Eminem and Rihanna

It is the latest smash hit music video (no pun intended). “I Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem and Rihanna features Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan as a couple who have a tempestuous relationship to say the least. It’s definitely not a family friendly video. So why do we bring it to your attention?

Dec 15

Ho, Ho, Ho…..or No, No, No….? Biblical Thoughts on Kids, Santa, and the Gospel

To do Santa or not to do Santa….that is often the question faced by parents of small kids each December.  So we thought we'd search out some thoughts from friends on the web.  Here's the question—and a valid one, regardless of where you may come down on the question: Are we practicing a form of …

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Dec 12

Well Done, Linus

Chris Edwards Jensen takes a look at one of the few remaining television specials that hasn't completely lost it's way: A Charlie Brown Christmas.  First aired in 1965, it continues to be a classic Christmas special to those of us who grew up with this classic, along with the Grinch, Frosty, and Rudolph.  Jensen points …

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Nov 09

Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World

Free MP3s from Northbrook Baptist Church: Embracing God's definition of femininity is a radical choice. Have you considered how feminist ideals have affected your perception of the role of women? At the Fall 2009 Northbrook Conference for Women, we considered popular ideas of women in the home, workplace, church, and culture, and how these ideas …

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Jun 27

Worshiping Michael Jackson: “What I Really Wanted Was a Dad”

Interesting article in a UK newspaper on the worship of Michael Jackson.  Writes William Langley: In the sense that Michael Jackson's life was a celebration of strangeness, his death, at the age of 50, lays the groundwork for something much stranger. Call it deconstruction, call it deification; the passing of the man invites an evaluation …

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