Posts tagged culture
How To Read the News

Good journalism should help readers make sense of the world. It should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. It should expose the truth no matter how offensive that truth is. Aren’t those exactly the things good ministry does as well? If we’ll learn to be savvy news consumers, we’ll be better equipped to engage and influence the culture around us.

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A Lesson From Luther

Our temptation when seeing these external cultural shifts is to bemoan the hand we’ve been dealt — to insist that the godless culture or the technological wizardry is set against us. And here we might learn from Luther’s wisdom. The target for Luther’s reform was internal. He didn’t write about 95 things that were wrong with German politics or modern science. Luther insisted on confronting the failures of his ecclesial brethren, not the influence of his progressive neighbor. 

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The rise of SBNR is, no doubt, a backlash against the prevalence of RBNS. But the way forward is not to abandon either religion or spirituality. The most healthy approach to abuse is not an opposite kind of abuse. It is balance: faith and form together, devotion and ritual, church and piety so that both blossom into their full meaning.  

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