Christine Hoover on Social Media and “Being Real”
FTC.co asked Christine Hoover, author and pastor’s wife, “In an age of Instagram and Photoshop, why should we not be afraid to be real?”
Good Shame, Bad Shame, and Ugly Shame
Christians should steer clear of this kind of wholesale antipathy for shame.
Jason Duesing on Why Hope is Important for Our Current Cultural Context
FTC.co asks Jason Duesing, provost and professor of historical theology at Midwestern Seminary, “Why is hope important for our current cultural context?”
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Reflections on Five Days in South Korea
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 […]
Episode 178: Spitballing on Cultural Engagement
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?
Episode 170: Dean Inserra on What’s Wrong with Purity Culture
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FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Dean Inserra chat about Dean’s new book, “Pure: Why the Bible’s Plan for Sexuality isn’t Outdated, Irrelevant, or Oppressive.”
Human Cruelty and the Compassion of God
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. […]
Don’t Waste Your Life Following Your Passion
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 […]
Embracing Cross-Cultural Incompetence
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 […]
Called to Die
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.