Columns on Culture and Media

5 Fundamental Questions Asked by Contemporary Films | Sarah Stone, BMS World Mission, Catalyst Live, Apologetics, Movies
5 Fundamental Questions Asked by Contemporary Films
By: Sarah Stone
Contemporary movies ask five fundamental questions. And Christians should be comfortable interacting with mainstream culture to help society answer those questions. Read More ...
Sarah Stone

The Man Who Made You Want Shiny Things | Jonathan Langley, BMS World Mission, Advertising, Economics
The Man Who Made You Want Shiny Things
By: Jonathan Langley
Edward Bernays changed advertising forever in the 1920s, turning it into the science of making people desire things that were being produced – even if they didn't need them. Read More ...
Jonathan Langley

Few Adults Know Blessing of Best Friends. Who's Yours? | Griff Martin, Friendship, Discipleship
Few Adults Know Blessing of Best Friends. Who's Yours?
By: Griff Martin
To see the importance of friendship is to acknowledge one of the deepest and most sacred places in our lives. Sadly, many adults miss out on the blessing of having a best friend. Who's yours? Read More ...
Griff Martin

Why People Seem to Thrive on Resentment | Ron Rolheiser, Resentment
Why People Seem to Thrive on Resentment
By: Ron Rolheiser
Our world is full of resentment, and many of us feel we have every right to feel that way. Our need to cut down someone else is an infallible sign of our own jealousy and bad self-image. Read More ...
Ron Rolheiser

3 Ideas to Keep Your Online Discussions Civil | Terrell Carter, Civility, Disagreement
3 Ideas to Keep Your Online Discussions Civil
By: Terrell Carter
Anyone with an opinion on any subject can find a way to be heard, but too many online and in-person discussions devolve into personal attacks instead of focusing on issues. Here's how to keep it civil. Read More ...
Terrell Carter

Quick-To-Criticize Society Needs Dose of Grace | Zach Dawes, Civility, Speech
Quick-To-Criticize Society Needs Dose of Grace
By: Zach Dawes
Obama's so-called latte salute is the latest illustration that we live now in a society too often lacking in common decency, much less grace, toward the shortcomings of others. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

On Prairies and People: Knowing Your Subjects | Chuck Summers, Ferguson, Preconceptions
On Prairies and People: Knowing Your Subjects
By: Chuck Summers
Photographers can't capture the essence of their subjects unless they take time to know them. It's no different with people. We must spend time with them to fully appreciate them. Read More ...
Chuck Summers

What Your Congregation Can Learn from Common Core | Brock Ratcliff, Common Core, Public Education, Leadership, Great Commission, Discipleship
What Your Congregation Can Learn from Common Core
By: Brock Ratcliff
Contrary to what others may think, Common Core is not an invasion by the federal government into our children's classrooms. And Common Core has a lesson for your church. Read More ...
Brock Ratcliff

What the Bible Really Says about Slavery | Larry Eubanks, Slavery
What the Bible Really Says about Slavery
By: Larry Eubanks
Some say the Bible stops short of condemning slavery and actually seems to condone it. However, the biblical case against slavery is much stronger than that. Read More ...
Larry Eubanks

Why Must Christians Criticize Ice Bucket Challenge? | Joe Kendrick, ALS, Ice Bucket Challenge
Why Must Christians Criticize Ice Bucket Challenge?
By: Joe Kendrick
As the ALS challenge has grown in popularity, some Christians on social media have been quick to criticize. Let's encourage do-gooders to do more instead of criticizing the good they are doing. Read More ...
Joe Kendrick

Ebola Threatens More Than Lives in Liberia | Michael Helms, Liberia, Ebola Virus
Ebola Threatens More Than Lives in Liberia
By: Michael Helms
Fear grips the people of Liberia. The majority of 1,400 deaths from Ebola are in Liberia. Public gatherings are off-limits, health workers fear treating patients, and schools and hospitals are closed. Read More ...
Michael Helms

5 Reasons to Write Books for Your Own Congregation | Chuck Warnock, Writing, Publishing, Local Church
5 Reasons to Write Books for Your Own Congregation
By: Chuck Warnock
Let's face it. All aspiring writers aren't going to make it on the best-seller list. So if you're a pastor, don't overlook the most obvious audience you have. Write for your congregation. Read More ...
Chuck Warnock

Which "Real World" Do You Really Want? | Colin Harris, Experience, Covenant, Community
Which "Real World" Do You Really Want?
By: Colin Harris
What's real-world experience mean? The term is commonly used to describe the marketplace, where success is measured by the bottom line, but other equally valid real-world experiences exist. Read More ...
Colin Harris

What Americans Can Learn from Not Being in America | Elizabeth Evans Hagan, Abundance, Ungratefulness, Materialism
What Americans Can Learn from Not Being in America
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
We so easily take the dignity away from those who live outside the U.S. We often neglect the many gifts that come from being American. Here are three lessons we can learn when we're not in America. Read More ...
Elizabeth Evans Hagan

3 Ways You Can Help Ferguson's Residents | Terrell Carter, Ferguson, Leadership, Missouri
3 Ways You Can Help Ferguson's Residents
By: Terrell Carter
Life for residents in Ferguson, Missouri, has slowed to somewhat of a grinding and frustrating halt. What can we do to help the people who live there? Consider these three things. Read More ...
Terrell Carter

Snapping Selfies Much Easier Than Knowing Self | Agnes Howard, Selfies, Puritans
Snapping Selfies Much Easier Than Knowing Self
By: Agnes Howard
Snapping and sharing a selfie on your smartphone is all the rage, but those quick self-portraits don't reveal the true self. They're just masks for who we want people to think we are. Read More ...
Agnes Howard