Resources on Culture

Mar 4, 2016

Your Neo-Pagan Neighbor and The Gospel by Owen Strachan

It’s right as a believer to be alarmed, saddened, and discomfited by the modern trajectory of the American soul. In all seriousness, feeling these things does not make you geriatric. It signals that you have a conscience, and that it is active. But I do not come to bury our culture.

Oct 21, 2016

Why So Few Christian Intellectuals?

A Response to Alan Jacobs

It is a very difficult thing indeed to be a boldly biblical Christian in elite culture today.

Apr 30, 2015

Why Do We Need So Many Books On the Gospel? by Staff

After 2,000 years, don't we know by now what the gospel is? Haven't we "been-there-done-that?" Why do we need one book after another on the same old topic?

Jun 2, 2014

When Our Sons Ask For Stones, Let's Give them Bread by Jared C. Wilson

In the religion news headlines this week is the story of a pastor who has decided the Bible condones homosexuality. His church, it seems, has determined to see how they might live in a tension between those who agree and disagree. Dr. Mohler has a reflective piece on the situation. It is likely not a coincidence that the pastor in question has a son who has recently come out…

Nov 11, 2015

When Our Children Ask for Stones, Let's Give Them Bread by Jared C. Wilson

We familyolaters take what most of us consider the most important thing in our lives and give it the weight of our worship in a way that is both dishonorable and unsustainable. And we end up living "Thus saith the family" rather than "Thus saith the Lord."

Aug 3, 2015

What Would Jesus Say to People Buying and Selling Baby Parts? by Garrett Kell

While there certainly should be political and legal discussions about these events, the most important question we must always ask is, “What would Jesus say about it?”

Sep 27, 2016

What will the American evangelical landscape look like in 20 years?

We ask Trevin Wax, "What will the American evangelical landscape look like in 20 years?"

Nov 22, 2016

What Trump Hath Wrought: 6 Election Takeaways by Owen Strachan

As evangelicals seeking to engage the city of man, what are we to make of this year's Presidential election? Here are six brief thoughts.

Aug 2, 2015

Traditionalism is Winning by Jared C. Wilson

As changing views on gay marriage, among others, go to show, secularization marches on. Traditionalists may be on the losing end of historic real estate, at least for now, as well as booed out of the public square for their views on sex. Down the road, though, they still look to possess something else critical.

Dec 18, 2015

The Worst Chapter in the Bible and Your Daily Newsfeed by Nick Murray

And then I look from Judges to my newsfeed, and I see videos of tiny human beings, who have been dismembered, who have been packaged up, sold, and utilized for research. I look to my newsfeed and see the celebration of sexual freedom, that lauds sex without cost or price.

Jan 27, 2016

The World Needs Pastors by Owen Strachan

There is much in life that cannot be fixed, but must simply be endured. Pastors are fitted for this reality.

Sep 16, 2016

The Remedy for All by Savannah Henson

It's in His Gospel that we find the remedy for sin, in any manifestation.

Jan 19

The Gospel and Social Media Part 1 by Ronni Kurtz

Your justification isn’t in the fact that you don’t post selfies or engage in over-the-top political comment streams. It’s in the blood of a murdered Son.

Jun 4, 2015

The Church and Her Transgender Neighbors by Katie McCoy

The increasing presence of transgender individuals demonstrates humanity’s underlying desire to understand themselves, to achieve a sense of wholeness.

Jun 17, 2015

Should I Attend My Friend's Same-Sex Wedding? by Sam Parkison

What if I go there to show the love of Jesus; to show some grace? After all, didn’t Jesus hang out with sinners?

Dec 15, 2016

Should Christians Care About the Religious Liberty of Muslims? by David Prince

Christians should defend the religious liberty of other faiths with as much zeal as they defend their own.

Oct 25, 2015

Sensitivity in the Midst of Sensationalism by Zach Crook

While it is tempting to try to join into the current media trend of “whoever yells the loudest must be right,” there might just be a better way

Sep 24, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage is An Opportunity for the Gospel by Jeff Dodge

From a global and epochal perspective, we have a rare privilege! Few Christ-followers have ever enjoyed the level of freedom that God has given to us to engage our neighbors and our government with our Biblical worldview.

Jun 15, 2015

Russell Moore on Preparing a Church for Today's Culture

What are some practical things local churches should do to be prepared to be on mission in the new "exile?”

What are some practical things local churches should do to be prepared to be on mission in the new "exile?”

Jun 13, 2016

Russell Moore on How Political A Pastor Should Get With His Flock by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

Russell Moore answers the question: How political should a local church pastor get with his flock?

Jun 20, 2016

Russell Moore on Abstaining from Votes

Is it a sin to abstain from certain votes?

Series: Conversations

We asked Dr. Russell Moore, president of the ERLC, "Is it a sin to abstain from certain votes?"

Jun 16, 2015

Race Is A Gospel Issue by Matthew Emerson

What gives you the eyes to see and ears to hear the image of God in your fellow man clearly and truly other than the gospel?

Aug 11, 2016

Politics, Propaganda, and Practicing What We Preach by Adam McClendon

Throughout the Scriptures, believers are challenged to respond to society in a way reflective of the amazing love and grace we have received from God, while not allowing thoughts of self-preservation to dictate the ways in which we interact with our culture.

Sep 7, 2015

Perversion of Justice (in Another Sense) by Jared C. Wilson

It was not justice for the state to sanction same-sex marriage. It is in fact injustice, because it sanctions as "righteous" what God has called unrighteous.

Nov 9, 2016

Pastors, Prepare for November 13th by Daniel Brueske

Pastors all over the country will learn a great deal about the health of their respective congregations on November 13th.

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Russell Moore

What is the one thing you would say to the pastor concerned about cultural decline?

by Staff

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing you would say to the pastor concerned about cultural decline?

Sep 18, 2015

One Thing: Andrew Walker

What is the one thing you would tell churches about the days ahead?

What is the one thing you would tell churches about the days ahead?

Jul 2, 2015

Light and Fellowship in The Darkness by Jason G. Duesing

In the real world of the twenty-first century, the Christian’s sojourn through our contemporary culture is very much like that of the Fellowship of the Ring's journey through the Mines of Moria.

Sep 2, 2015

Learning From The Global Church on Same-Sex Marriage by Logan Gentry

We have a lot to learn from the global church in how to follow God in our current time.

Apr 24, 2015

Knowing the Good and Doing the Good

Why Your Church Should Care About Ethics

Ethics at the level of the local church is never an enterprise to puff up the church’s standing based on moralism. All that we do proceeds from who we are.

Aug 30, 2016

Jonathan Leeman on "The Church and Politics"

We ask Jonathan Leeman, "In what way should a church be political?"

Jun 15, 2015

Jason Hayes on The Forgotten Generation X

Whatever happened to Generation X?

Whatever happened to Generation X?

Jul 5, 2015

Is Our Love Toxic? by A.D. Robles

So, the argument goes, if Jesus says that people will know his disciples by the love that they show, many Christians today are clearly not true disciples. Have you heard this line of thinking before? Should this force Christians to re-think about the stances the Bible seems to take against sin? If the world doesn’t recognize our love as love, should we be worried?

Jun 16, 2015

How do you pastor in a sex-saturated culture? by Matt Carter

Series: For The Church Conference - Columbus

Matt Carter, pastor of preaching at the Austin Stone Church in Austin, Texas, shares biblical insights on how to pastor in a sex-saturated culture at the For The Church Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 16.

Aug 22, 2015

How Do We Cherish Virginity Without Moralistic Fearmongering? by Staff

Must we teach our teens to be responsible, to cherish their purity, and to save the gift of sexual intimacy for marriage? Yes, without question. But so many of our
efforts amount to condemning present affections without that expulsive power of a new one.

Jul 21, 2016

God, Creation, and Homosexual Desire by Adam McClendon

For the believer committed to upholding the authority of God's Word, seemingly inherent desires never justify a choice to sin. The real issue at the heart of the matter is the answer to the question: “Which matters most to me, the way I feel or what God says?”

Mar 22, 2016

From Divine Kings to Doctor Who

General Revelations of an Alien Savior

Our twenty-first-century culture is quite taken with a literal “alien savior”—Doctor Who. Like ancient kings of old, the Doctor spans the gap between humanity and that which lies outside our grasp. But there is one significant difference . . .

Apr 24, 2015

For The Renaissance by Jared C. Wilson

Managing editor Jared Wilson explains the vision of For The Church as a place to help contribute to the burgeoning "writing culture" developing in the gospel-centered movement.

Jun 1, 2015

Evangelical Engagement In Evil Times by Drew Griffin

Above all, preach unceasingly the glory of the Kingdom that is here and is to come; it is the only hope we have in these “last days.” We must all “do the work of an evangelist.”

Jul 30, 2015

Do We Always Have to Fight To Be Faithful? by Jonathan Leeman

Cultural Opposition: Lie Down, Lean In, Lay Low, or Leave?

Sep 14, 2015

Don't Be Jonah by A.D. Robles

An entire city repented from their sin? The kinds of sin that Nineveh was involved in were not minor. How is it that a city in love with wickedness could repent, all in one shot?

Jun 13, 2016

Daniel Darling on America's False Jesuses

What are some of Americans' favorite false Jesuses?

What are some of American's favorite false Jesuses?

Sep 21, 2016

Christ Our All: Image Maintenance in the Age of Emojis by Owen Strachan

In Christ, we no longer need to perform image maintenance and reputational management. 

Jan 11

Christians in La La Land by Giana Hall

 The real call of Christianity is to find our love and meaning by trusting in, submitting to, and abiding in Christ.

Jun 25, 2015

Christians and Culture

Truth, Beauty, Goodness, and The Great Commission

If it were true that direct gospel ministry and Bible reading are all that matter, that would mean that we waste most of our lives in the meaningless daily stuff of ordinary living.

Jun 12, 2015

Bruce Jenner's Tragic Misadventure by Thor Madsen

God can save us, one by one.  He can bring the awakening that we need, with all the good side-effects that would follow from it.  We’ve always known that, based on Scripture; and now, with each new headline, we can also feel its truth as never before.

Aug 25, 2016

Beware of Cool-Shaming by Sam Parkison

Contextualization, at its best, is simply faithful communication. At its worst, contextualization is the Christian’s code word for “I can do whatever I want.”

Jan 18

A Question of (Alt) Right and Wrong by John Mark Yeats

Christians must hold to the higher standard that all believers are one, a new race in Christ.