“This is a Christian song?” We were having a father – son conversation in the car on our way somewhere when I had some words of praise for my son's – right at this particular moment – favourite band. The song is called “Demons” by Imagine Dragons but don't let the title fool you. The … Continue reading What is a Christian Song?
With my older two sons at camp last week, the twins and I were filling in on the newspaper route. I haven't assisted delivering the papers in years but while on the paper route I saw this sign for the first time. As a believer in Jesus Christ I think it is important, if you … Continue reading Reading Our Culture
Theologian Karl Barth famously observed that a Christian ought to be a student of the world, 'with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.' With that in mind, consider the challenge of being a Christ-following media consumer today. If you are forty or less, chances are you spend way more time … Continue reading Jesus and Katy Perry
When a church considers a genuine engagement in the world through mission, critics will sometimes use James 4: 4 as a rebuke and say, “Friendship with the world is enmity toward God.” The interpretation usually taken is that we need to distance ourselves from people who don't frequently go to church and protect ourselves from … Continue reading The Church and the World
Watch this first. It's a conversation piece for people in marketing but it has something profound to say about church life: If you are in church leadership and that didn't shake you up then I don't think you were paying attention. Churches don't exactly have a great record when it comes to dealing with change. … Continue reading Picturing Church for a Change