Posts in Culture

Disney Introduces a Gay Character in Beauty and the Beast: Six Reflections

By Sean McDowell Mar. 4, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Although there have been rumors about supposedly gay characters in Disney films of the past, Disney is officially introducing a gay character in its upcoming live-action film, Beauty and the Beast. The issue is not the mere existence of a gay character, for gay people are obviously as much a part of our culture as anyone else. The question is whether Disney uses this character as a way of promoting a certain view of sex and relationships that Christians may find objectionable.

Christians will be tempted to respond in a number of different ways. I don’t pretend to have the right answer for how Christians should respond. In fact, I am not sure there even is one right answer for Christians to embrace.

Nevertheless, here are six thoughts for reflection ...

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The Executive Leaders Journey: Integrating Spiritual Practices into the World of Business, Part 2

By Joy Mosbarger Mar. 1, 2017 9:00 a.m. Culture, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

This is the second part of a five-part series of blogs that chronicle the journey of a cohort of business leaders who together pursued deeper relationships with God and the integration of the resulting spiritual transformation in their personal lives into their roles as leaders in their businesses, and ultimately into the culture of their businesses as a whole ...

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The Executive Leaders Journey: Integrating Spiritual Practices into the World of Business, Part 1

By Joy Mosbarger Feb. 27, 2017 9:00 a.m. Culture, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

This is the first part of a five-part series of blogs that chronicle the journey of a cohort of business leaders who together pursued deeper relationships with God and the integration of the resulting spiritual transformation in their personal lives into their roles as leaders in their businesses, and ultimately into the culture of their businesses as a whole ...

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Where is Culture Headed in the Next Decade ... and Beyond?

By Sean McDowell Feb. 23, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture

Where is culture headed for the next decade? And what does this mean for our relationships, jobs, and task as apologists and influencers of the next generation? I recently read the excellent book The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future and want to highlight the twelve trends that the author, Kevin Kelly, believes will shape the future. It’s hard to disagree with his insights ...

 

 

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Does Porn Really Harm Society? An Interview with Dr. John Foubert

By Sean McDowell Feb. 21, 2017 9:00 a.m. Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family

Dr. John Foubert has been studying pornography and its effects on people for over a decade. I have written and spoken extensively on pornography, so I was eager when Dr. Foubert graciously asked me to endorse his recent book How Pornography Harms. And it did not disappoint. In fact, I would consider an indispensable resource for students, parents, teachers, and pastors to be informed about how pornography is changing the way people think about sex ...

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Short-term Mission Trips: Some Considerations

By Daniel Kim Feb. 16, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions

Undoubtedly, Christians in America should be commended for the growth of missions in the last two to three decades, and specifically the growth in short-term mission trips (STMs). In 1989, there were 120,000 American “short-term missionaries.” This number has exploded to 2.2 million at a cost of $1.6 billion in 2006.[1] This statistic comes from authors Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert in their somewhat controversial book, When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor … and Yourself. The natural question that the authors consider—and one that we all should as well—is whether we are being good stewards of God’s money and resources with each STM.

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Are Questions Better Than Answers? No Question About It!

By Sean McDowell Feb. 15, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture, Spiritual Formation

Although it might surprise you, given that I grew up with a famous apologist father, my parents asked me more questions than they gave me answers. My parents did not want me to believe something simply on authority, but because I had good reasons for believing it was true. They certainly wanted me to become a Christian, but they were also deeply interested in helping me learn how to think critically for myself and to confidently arrive at truth ...

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