Sean McDowell

An Often-Missed Example of Media Bias

By Sean McDowell Apr. 29, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family

It’s no secret that the mainstream media consistently skewers left. On social, cultural, and political issues, the mainstream media regularly biases stories against the conservative viewpoint (all while feigning balance).

But there is an example of media bias that many people often overlook—the very selection of stories itself is biased. In other words, while the media often spins stories towards the liberal perspective, there is a deeper kind of bias that operates on the level of which stories are even covered in the first place ...

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A Practical Response to Raising Adults In an Infantilizing Culture

By Sean McDowell Apr. 26, 2017 12:00 p.m. Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family

It’s no secret that young people in our culture are growing up later than ever. The life transitions into adulthood, such as being financially independent and getting married, now often happen in the early 30s, if at all. In many ways, 30 is the new 20. As a result, childish thinking and behaviors often carry into (what should be) adulthood.

There are undoubtedly a number of reasons for the perpetuation of adolescence, and certainly different ways to address it. But there is one that seems to be overlooked: We lack meaningful rituals to mark the transition into adulthood ...

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9 Truths about Sex and Marriage from Genesis 1-2

By Sean McDowell Apr. 17, 2017 12:00 p.m. Culture, Marriage and Family

Critics have sometimes claimed that marriage is not that important to God. But interestingly, the Bible both begins and ends with a marriage. In fact, marriage is the defining metaphor God uses to illustrate His love for the Church, His “bride" ...

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Why Being "Blessed" is Better than Being "Happy"

By Sean McDowell Apr. 12, 2017 9:00 a.m. Culture, Spiritual Formation

Our culture is obsessed with happiness. From the movies we watch, the purchases we make, and our obsessive use of technology and social media, it is clear that many people today live for happiness.

You might be thinking, “So what? Isn’t happiness a good thing?” Well, that depends on what is meant by happiness ...

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How Do You Become Yourself by Mirroring the Greatest Person in History? An Interview with Thaddeus Williams

By Sean McDowell Apr. 5, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture, New Testament, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Thaddeus Williams was a dorm mate of mine as an undergrad at Biola, and now we are both on faculty for our alma mater. Dr. Williams is also an author and frequent speaker at churches and conferences.

He gave me the opportunity to endorse his most recent book Reflect: Becoming Yourself by Mirroring the Greatest Person in History, and I found it both insightful and enjoyable. He was kind enough to answer a few of my questions. Enjoy this interview and think about getting a copy of his excellent book.

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2 Lessons from Living on Skid Row

By Sean McDowell Apr. 4, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Church Life, Culture, Ethics, Spiritual Formation

Last week I had the opportunity of co-leading a trip of 30+ high school students to stay at the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row for three days. The students served meals in the kitchen, played Bingo with Mission residents, cleaned, played with children, served cold water to people living in the streets, shared meals with strangers, and much more. The trip was life changing for me, the students, and we hope maybe even some of the people at the URM ...

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Book Review: Growing Young

By Sean McDowell Mar. 30, 2017 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership

We have all heard the grim news: Church attendance is declining across denominations and young people are disengaging the church.[1] In an effort to address this problem, the team at Fuller Youth Institute has released a new book: Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church (Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin).

What makes Growing Young unique is that it is based upon an in-depth study of scholars, national ministry leaders, youth ministry experts, as well as research and visits to 363 diverse congregations who have effective ministries to young people. Like their previous book Sticky Faith, this book is based on careful research and analysis ...

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