Culture

Nov 15

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Reflections on Five Days in South Korea by Camden Pulliam

I recently had the opportunity to visit ministry partners and church leaders in South Korea with MBTS Provost, Jason Duesing, and Dean of Asian Studies, Sun Jin Park. I wrote these reflections for my team at Midwestern Seminary and was later encouraged to submit the piece for a broader audience. I hope you enjoy my […]

Sep 21

Episode 178: Spitballing on Cultural Engagement by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson talk about the tricky issue of the church “engaging the culture.” What should that look like? What should it not? From participation in Halloween to navigating cultural artifacts like movies, music, or even politics, what are some ways Christians should think about such things?

Jul 27

Episode 170: Dean Inserra on What’s Wrong with Purity Culture by Dean Inserra and Jared C. Wilson

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Dean Inserra chat about Dean’s new book, “Pure: Why the Bible’s Plan for Sexuality isn’t Outdated, Irrelevant, or Oppressive.”

Jun 27

Human Cruelty and the Compassion of God by Grace Pike

Series: The Lord and Literature

This summer, I finally decided to open a book my mom gifted me last year called Where the Crawdads Sing. Since it is one of the best-selling books of all time and has a theater debut in July, it went from the bottom of my bookshelf to the top of my summer fiction reading list. […]

May 5

Don’t Waste Your Life Following Your Passion by David Prince

It is the time of year where graduations abound. Commencement speakers and familial advice-givers are saying things like: “Follow your passion!” “Chase your dreams!” “Focus on being true to yourself!” “You can change the world!” On the whole, such admonitions are dreadful advice and will paralyze, not liberate, those who embrace them. As far as […]

Mar 31

Embracing Cross-Cultural Incompetence by Virgil Williams

I have some bad news about your dreams of being an effective disciple-maker among the least-reached. The bad news is this: The messenger is the message, so you won’t be an effective translator of the gospel in a new culture until you translate yourself. And that process is painful. Here’s what I mean. Many people […]

Mar 22

Called to Die by Tristany Corgan

Denying yourself, taking up your cross, and dying to your sins and desires may not sound like that great of a life. But it really is the best life we could ever live.

Jan 26

“Cannabis is in the Bible?”: Debunking an Interpretative Myth by J. Alan Branch

Marijuana advocates often repeat this claim in an effort to gain leverage for the moral permissibility of smoking pot. The claim is so strange and peculiar, pastors, church leaders, and parents can be caught off guard and find themselves ill-prepared to answer this bit of cannabis urban legend.

Jan 20

How to Think: A Book Review by Michael Abraham

Thinking is hard work, and Jacobs is a proven guide to help us learn. Give your time, energy, and vulnerability to becoming a better thinker. It will take conscious effort and a settled conviction, but it’s worth it.

Nov 2

Medical Marijuana and Christian Ethics by J. Alan Branch

Willie Nelson may be America’s most famous marijuana user. In a recent interview in Rolling Stone, he said: “It’s nice to watch [marijuana] being accepted — knowing you were right all the time about it: that it was not a killer drug. It’s a medicine.”[1] Nelson’s description of marijuana as “medicine” reflects wider confusion in […]