Tag Archives: Culture

Love, Light and Seeing Clearly

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God is love.  (1 John 4:8)  God is light.  (1 John 1:5)  If we love our brothers and sisters, then we live in God’s light.  (1 John 2:10) Who doesn’t want to live in the light of God? Everything of God would … Continue reading

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Comfort is Not the Same as Rest

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Rest is something that is difficult to find these days, which is surprising because God promises rest to his people; honest to goodness rest, transformative rest, supernatural rest.  Are we missing something?  Maybe. Perhaps we are substituting something that looks like rest … Continue reading

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Reaction to the Hobby Lobby Decision: Two Truths and a Lie

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The recent Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby is a cultural lightning rod.  The ruling stands, silent and immovable, but the reaction to it has put on quite a show. Rather than discuss the ruling (quite enough has … Continue reading

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Bubble-ology

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Bubble-ology : the recognition and analysis of spheres containing uniform philosophical, ideological and/or theological thought (from Judy’s dictionary of hypothetical words:). How often do you seek perspectives from sources outside of your bubble? Every individual looks at life through the lens of his or her unique life experiences and … Continue reading

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The Hegemony of Religion

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You want to know what “hegemony” means, don’t you?  It’s a useful term in today’s environment, and you’ll understand why if you keep reading. A Texas blogger recently wrote an essay called Why I Raise My Children Without God for CNN’s iReport.  As of this writing … Continue reading

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Playground Arguments and Cultural Conversations (Part 3): The Influence of Christ

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Picture the US as a pluralistic playground on which people holding very different value systems live, work and play together.   Without a common value system, who decides what is “fair” and what is “foul?” In my last post I suggested that entertainment and politics are two powerful … Continue reading

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Playground Arguments and Cultural Conversations (Part 2): Influential Voices

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In my last post I introduced the metaphor of playground arguments as representative of cultural conversations over moral and ethical boundaries in our pluralistic American society.  People holding diverse value systems do not always agree over playground rules and boundaries. One group insists, Fair!  Another cries, Foul!  I posed the … Continue reading

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