Results tagged “Culture” from Reformation21

What the Hijabi Witnessed (and What She Didn't)

Article by   August 2013
I have had the pleasure on a couple of occasions of sitting next to a girl wearing a hijab. Typically, this has occurred in departure lounges of airports or on the platforms of railway stations. Never has it happened in a place of worship at the time of a service. Never, that is, until recently. continue

iPod, YouTube, Wii Play

Article by   July 2013
D. Brent Layham, iPod, YouTube, Wii Play: Theological Engagements with Entertainment (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2012), x + 220 pp., $24.00 D. Brent Laytham, a professor of theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, has written a very... continue

Is Idolatry the New Sin?

Article by   November 2009
"Just talk about idolatry and you'll be fine." A mentor recently offered these words in my presence to a seminary student who was facing an assignment to preach on the topic of sin. The student's sermon may, indeed, have been "fine" if he followed that suggestion, but the advice struck me as signaling something deeper than a single Sunday pointer. continue

The Nameless One

Article by   September 2009
Over the last few months, I have been asked in numerous contexts what I think about the young, restless and reformed (YRR) movement(s) described in Collin Hansen's book of the same name. I did do a quasi -review of this book some time ago, in which I argued that the existence of the movement seemed to indicate that all the hype surrounding the emergent business was probably overwrought and that there was no need for complete panic in Reformed circles. continue

Packing Unforgiveness

Article by   August 2009
I've been thinking recently about something television star Kelsey Grammer said. It's not because I saw a rerun of Cheers. Unfortunately, the context is tragic. Grammer has me thinking about well intentioned people who end up "packing unforgiveness." continue

Shakespeare and the Geneva Bible

Article by   July 2009
The story of Shakespeare and the Bible is partly the story of Protestant English Bible translation in the sixteenth century. Shakespeare was the beneficiary of a movement in which English Reformers poured their energies into translating the Bible. In fact, English Bible translation in the sixteenth century galvanized a society in a manner that invites comparison with the building of cathedrals in the Catholic Middle Ages. The Protestant Reformation also created an edifice--an edifice of the Word. continue

Why Are There Never Enough Parking Spaces at the Prostate Clinic?

Article by   January 2009
One of the modern shibboleths of the evangelical church, particularly the evangelical church in the West, is that of culture.  One must be interested in culture, or one is simply irrelevant.  Books and organizations abound on Christian approaches to various... continue

Some Reflections by a Christian College Professor

Article by   June 2008
Having already read some of Dr. Enns' shorter writings, and having attended a colloquium on Enns' book at the 2006 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, I recently finished reading Inspiration and Incarnation, and thought that I would share some thoughts about the volume. continue

Old Opium Meets the New

Article by   June 2008
  Well, who would have thought that it would be Pope Benedict XVI who provided one of the strangest `only in America, folks' moments of recent years.  Yet it is undoubtedly true that he has done so.  Benedict is, of... continue

Results tagged “Culture” from Reformation21 Blog

Mike Brown: We're Still Divided

Article by   August 2014
Are you watching the news? Are you reading blogs and news reports about the recent death of 18-year old Michael Brown? Have you watched the protests that have and will continue to occur? Are you, in any sense, moved to... continue

"If We Build It They Will Come" No Longer Works

Article by   July 2014
Church planting requires many administrative tasks. From setting up email accounts and registering the church's 501-C3 status to fundraising and sending update letters, one can easily spend over one-hundred hours on the front end tackling these necessary duties. In addition... continue

Does Liturgy or Music Keep Minorities Away from Our Church? (Part 1)

Article by   July 2014
"Let's face it. It's music that keeps minorities out of our church," said a PCA layman during the question and answer section of my Sunday school class. I have heard many comments like this. Perhaps you have also. Is it... continue

The Greatest Threat to the Gospel by Pierce Hibbs

Article by   June 2014
The greatest threat to the Gospel in our age is not unbelief. It is not relativism or open hostility to the "narrow" Christian tradition. It is not even the hypocrisy of the church, which holds up the white banner of... continue

Five Offensive Statements/Actions: What White People Say and Do

Article by   March 2014
Reformation 21 exists for the purposes of, "Encouraging biblical thinking, living, worship, ministry, and constructive cultural engagement." I desire to engage the latter in this post. To be clear, I am not playing the race card nor am I claiming... continue

Trained

Article by   February 2014
It was an article about a European film director, usually hymned to the skies as a master craftsman and genuine visionary. It led me to an extended synopsis of one of his more recent films. I will not go into... continue

Ministering to the middle classes

Article by   January 2014
A little while ago, a friend wrote an article entitled "My Ministry is Harder Than Yours (and Other Lies We Tell)." The author, Mez McConnell, is a pastor in Edinburgh and one of the architects of 20schemes, a ministry seeking... continue

Yellow on the Outside, White on the Inside

Article by   December 2013
What is yellow on the outside but white on the inside? If you guessed a "banana," though the inside appears more cream than white, you would be close. The answer is, a twinkie. Have you eaten one? They are fairly... continue

Listen Up White America

Article by   December 2013
TMZ online (I did not post the link because some images may be inappropriate) recently published an article titled, "Chuck D: Listen Up White America...We Ain't Ni**as.'" Chuck D, if you are unfamiliar, is a rap artist who had his... continue

Review: "What is the Mission of the Church?"

Article by   February 2013
What is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great CommissionGreg Gilbert & Kevin DeYoungCrossway, 2011, 288pp., paperback, $15.99ISBN 978-1-4335-2690-9Contributing to the ongoing debate in the "young, restless and reformed" movement about the nature... continue

The fourth wall

Article by   November 2012
Angus T. Jones, one of the stars of American sitcom Two and a Half Men, has gone online to explain that he no longer wants to participate in the show, describing its contents as "filth," as reported by the BBC.I... continue

Falling Skies: Chicken Little and American Evangelicalism

Article by   March 2009
I thought I would add yet another postscript to the "sky is falling over American evangelicalism" conversation.  I think what Phil ends his post with is worth saying again.  So I will, just adding a bit.  Fundamentally, American evangelicals can... continue

Marxing your card, Lig!

Article by   November 2008
Is Trueman a Marxist?  Well, as that nice, loyal Mr Lieberman might say, `That's a good question!'  And, as it now appears that it is not seeing class struggle but rather belief in graduated income tax that defines a Marxist,... continue

Dreams Deferred, Or, Why I'm Jealous of Sean

Article by   August 2008
I noticed that over on his blog Sean Lucas refers to fulfilling his lifelong dream of seeing the Boss in concert.  The week before Springsteen made his way through St. Louis' arches, he was in Hershey, PA, a mere hour's... continue

The Renewal We Need

Article by   June 2008
Writing in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, David Wells explains what our church and our culture need: "The renewal of which we stand in need, I believe, is of both the understanding of truth and of our knowledge... continue

Steve Nichols meets the King of Blues in Jackson, Mississippi

Article by   June 2008
  It was surreal moment: Steve, country boy from Lancaster, PA meeting his blues-idol, B. B. King, from Indianola, Mississippi. The blues singer happened to be in Jackson this week and Steve "dragged" me to "get some culture." The... continue

Here Am I

Article by   April 2008
With apologies to Isaiah and Dick Cheney, I have emerged from my undisclosed location to offer my first post. Unlike my companions on this website, I am an utter novice at this. I read Wendell Berry, live next to... continue

Malaga, Spain

Article by   April 2008
I've been spending some time with missionaries who have gathered in Malaga, Spain. They are all (more or less) affiliated with the PCA and some are Americans and the rest European nationals. Its been refreshing, not least to discover that... continue
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