Season of Lent
A sermon starter and commentary by Luke Powery on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 for the season of Lent in the African American Lectionary.
Advent in the Marketplace
Cameron Lee talks about the shopping culture during the Advent season. "If we celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not Advent, what does that say about us?" He encourages us to seek the coming of...
Entering the Stream of the Faithful
In this interview, Nadia Bolz-Weber talks about communicating a historic doctrine in today’s culture, suggesting that clergy have to be deeply rooted in tradition in order to innovate with integrity.
Obedience as Holy Listening
This article considers the Benedictine promise of obedience, suggesting that obedience as holy listening--to God, other, and self--is especially needed in our individualistic culture.
Music in Culture, Music in Worship: Different Roles and Goals
In this article, Eric Sarwar makes observations of ways contemporary culture has affected Christian worship and raises questions about the relationship between the roles and goals of music in culture and worship.
Leadership and Church-Planting Amidst the Post Christian Cultures
This article explores how the church can witness the gospel amidst the post-Christian cultures.
Theology On Mission Podcast #10: Our Place in Cultures of Power?
This podcast episode discusses different ways of thinking about church and culture(s), from H. Richard Niebuhr’s influential "Christ and Culture" to James Davison Hunter’s "To Change the World," and why this matters to the local church.
Left Behind and Getting Ahead
In this article, Humanities professor David Jeffrey reflects on the Left Behind series, suggesting that the fear of falling behind is actually produced by the culture of commercialism, not Christianity.
Full Text Hymns on Culture
Diverse in Culture, Nation, Race©
When Faith and Culture ClashPD
In Christ There Is No East or WestPD
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Living Under Vacant Skies - Study Guide
Study guide for a lesson about heaven and eternity. As our culture loses this sense of heaven “over us,” it will reshape the way we live. Liturgical elements and study questions included.
How to Engage Culture or Is It Cultures (plural)?
This podcast talks about different ways of thinking about church and culture(s), from H. Richard Niebuhr, influential author of Christ and Culture, to James Davison Hunter, and why this matters to the local church.
History of Hymns: “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy”
This offers commentary on the West-Indian Christmas Spiritual: “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy.” Based on Psalm 19:14, Luke 1:27, and 2:1-20, it reflects the experiences of enslaved Africans when they came to the Americas.
Defending Life by Embracing Death
An article by Paul Griffiths on Christianity's ambivalence towards death, which Griffiths describes as both enemy and friend, and its repercussions in the context of a culture that seems to desire immortality through medicine.
Culture, Technology, and Shared Narratives can Influence Preaching
Using the television show "Lost" as an aid, Eric Barreto considers the ways in which culture, technology, and shared narratives can influence preaching.
Culture and Holiness: Next Steps in the Conversation
MaryKate Morse reflects on a (somewhat) crude scene in a family sit-com while asking the question, "What does holiness look like in the 21st Century?"