In case you missed any of this weeks posts I’ve complied links to each of them right here!
Inspired by a quotation from C.S. Lewis The Hideous Strength I look at the way our culture is essentially calling for nonsense at every level and how we will eventually get what we ask for if we keep asking.
I look back at Creation Regained a book I read last year by Albert Wolters that gives some worldview advice to Christians on matters beyond mere soteriology.
Dorothy Sayers helps us with the perennial question of whether God created evil or not by giving us a better understanding of evil to begin with!
Looking at an extremely impactful quote from Douglas Wilson I show genuine Christian cultural engagement need not look like either hipsterdom or “Facing the Giants”.
Also, I posted the following video on Wednesday which got a lot of love so if you missed that be sure to check it out!
Lots of food for thought!
The topic of Christianity and culture has been front and center for me over the past several months. I am really intrigued by the topic and I honestly think a lot of the voices speaking on the subject do a pretty poor job. I hate to be negative but many times when Christian leaders speak about Christianity and culture they are completely bogged down in the the sensibilities of popular culture and therefore don’t really say anything at all. These Christian leaders tend to focus on the content of songs, movies, and television shows and often look to create Christian meaning from the images of popular culture. The reason this is no good is because “culture” is much more than the content of songs, movies, etc. Culture in its truest sense creates an ethos through the very mediums it uses (television, radio, etc.) regardless of the content. Therefore, in trying to grad from the culture and make Christian distinctions from it we actually reinforce the preexisting sensibilities the culture was already enforcing (in our case mainly selfishness).
This is far and away one of the coolest bits of video I have ever seen!
Invest 3 minutes in this video and you will be the better for it!
The impact of Jesus’ life in history is incontrovertible. One of the proofs of Christianity (though being ultimate truth it needs no proving) is that it is a “turtle on a fencepost”. You may have heard that line before but what it essentially means is, just like a turtle on a fencepost, it didn’t get there all by itself. To consider the impact of the life of a common Jewish carpenter turned renegade rabbi and to come to any other conclusion that he is God incarnate is simply to suppress the truth of God in unrighteousness (Romans 1).
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the video!
One of the books I recently finished is Dorothy Sayer’s classic work The Mind of the Maker. I must admit, the book was a little beyond me and I was not quite expecting it to be what it was. However, be that as it may, the book is chalk full of great stuff and the parts that I was able to track with really rang true to me! For example, Sayers takes up the age old question of whether God created Evil. Here’s her take:
One of the books I read last year that had a profound impact on me was Creation Regained by Albert Wolters. I knew the book was going to be amazing as soon as I realized the author’s first name was Albert, and thankfully the content of the book lived up to the penmen’s name! Creation Regained is primarily concerned with breaking down the modern conception of the sacred and the secular that has infiltrated the western church like a plague. Wolters shows how modern Christianity has set up a false dichotomy that does not exist in the Bible and is suffering, both internally (in discipleship) and externally (in evangelism), because of it. The false dichotomy is that there are certain areas of life that are secular like business, the arts, sports, food, etc. and there are other areas of life that are sacred like church going, prayer meetings, Bible studies, etc. Wolters shows how the Bible is in fact concerned that all of life be understood as sacred before God and gives us a couple of tools to help us sort through the milieu.