TAG: CULTURE


Have Christians Lost Their Credibility? TLA Stories of the Week

Today, while doing TLA Stories of the Week (below) I realized that we should talk more often about how us Christians (as a whole and as individuals) are perceived. Another words, let’s talk credibility. Sure, it’s not healthy to focus too much on what other people think of us, but like a football coach showing game films (video) of Sunday’s game on Monday to his team, the practice of reviewing...

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The Shocking Reasons Christians Have Lost Credibility in Today’s Culture

We’d like to say we were shocked, but the truth is, we were expecting the criticism. My friend and marketing expert Jonathan Bock and I were asking people on the street what they thought about “Christians.” BY PHIL COOKE AND JONATHAN BOCK The response? Hypocritical, judgmental, harsh, phony, insensitive, bigoted, and exclusive. Not exactly the “Fruit of the Spirit” the Bible describes as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,...

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Culture World Conference – Praise Chapel International

Culture Conference Azusa Pacific University Campus Event Date: July 23-26 Gathering of churches most from the greater LA area. This year’s world conference theme is Culture. It’s going to be a BREAKTHROUGH for all of us. You don’t want to miss this. Speakers: Dr. Michael Brown, Culture Author Dr. Christopher Yuan: From Moody Bible Institute speaking on Sexuality Dr. Joshua Linguel: The Islamic Challenge to Culture Larry Neville: President Praise Chapel International host REGISTRATION:...

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Every Man Ministries: Male Strength Under Attack

  Male strength is under assault in today’s culture. Strength without character is in the news everyday and it makes men appear appear just dangerous. But what does strength with character look like and would the world welcome it? We need strong men but the right kind of strong men – men who are strong and good. Dangerous Good: The Coming Revolution of Men Who...

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True Identity: We are Strangers In a Foreign Land

The reality is, Christians are interlopers. We are strangers and foreigners. BY ED STETZER As Christians, I believe we should always be more driven by our missionary identity than we are by our national identity, our political identity, our environmental identity, our social identity, or even our church identity. Don’t get me wrong. We ought to love our church. (I know I love my church.) And the Church (with capital C) is...

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Engaging Culture Well: How to Share Your Faith Critically and Contextually

In every time period and historical context during which it has been shared, the gospel has confronted culture in one way or another. By ED STETZER During the years of Christ’s ministry, it challenged the mistreatment of the poor. During the Reformation, it drove Martin Luther to condemn the selling of indulgences. During the late 1700s, it inspired William Wilberforce to abolish the slave trade. The message of Christ’s redemptive love and free gift...

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What Culture Needs From The Church Right Now

I grew up in a small town outside of Dodge City, which used to be famous for its corruption and gun battles, as well as a favorite hot spot of Western TV shows. But by the time I lived there, it was a quiet, sleepy small town that had traded in its brothels and bars for meatpacking plants and wheat farming. BY DAVID A.R. WHITE My years in Kansas were more...

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‘There Is No Neutral Ground Here,’ Erwin McManus Says to The Church [Interview]

On Saturday (Aug. 12, 2017), in the middle of the chaos in Charlottesville, Virginia, that began the night before, Erwin Raphael McManus, author and pastor at Mosaic in Los Angeles tweeted, “We cannot unite with hate. We must stand against it. You cannot reason with racism. You must condemn it. The church must lead the way. NOW!” His post came after a relatively long thread of tweets that condemned the...

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