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?

Mar 29, 2017

Why Artists Need Theology by Owen Strachan

The truth of the matter is that there is no ground for creativity that comes close to the intellectual fertility of Christian theology. 

Nov 17, 2017

Who Are the Evangelicals? by Jonathon Woodyard

The church, tangibly expressed in local congregations, seeks the joy of all peoples and the fame of the name through the proclamation of the gospel and in loving service to their neighbors.

Feb 13

When Should a Pastor Address a Current Event? by Benjamin Vrbicek

When pastors major on the urgent, we can inadvertently lead people to forget that “the word of our God will stand forever.” 

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.

Jan 23, 2017

What if You Aborted a Future Janitor?

Why We Should Reject Utilitarian Arguments Against Abortion

Christians should have nothing to do with utilitarian arguments against abortion.

Jul 10

Trillia Newbell on Talking to Our Children About Ethnic Diversity by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "What are some important things to remember in talking to our children about ethnic diversity?"

Jul 13

Trevin Wax On How Social Media Changes Us by Staff

Series: Conversations

Has social media changed the way we think?

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 13, 2017

The Unspiritual Boldness of White Supremacy by C. J. Moore

But the shame is in the fact that they, in many ways, show more faith in their beliefs than I do.

Mar 29, 2017

The Right Side of the Line by Darrell Deer

The line between noble intentions and prideful purposes is so difficult to see that it's easy for us to cross.

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.

Oct 31, 2017

The Lies of Romantic Sexual Morality by J. Alan Branch

Often, arguments against the biblical sexual ethic are based on a very poor grasp of Scripture and a shoddy handling of the texts in question.

Sep 14, 2017

The Kidification of America

On the Goodness of Maturity

Contra our narcissistic culture, you find yourself when you find God.

Mar 8, 2017

The Gospel Is Bad News For Our Stereotypes by Owen Strachan

The work of Christ applied to our hearts is such an unstoppable, unopposable force that it refigures us entirely.

Feb 9, 2017

The Gospel and Social Media Part 4 by Ronni Kurtz

Thinking through these questions often can help identify your stream as a gospel-filled well your followers should drink from often or a gospel-less pit followers should avoid.

Feb 2, 2017

The Gospel and Social Media Part 3 by Ronni Kurtz

In a thread of confirmation bias, hate, uncareful thinking, narcissism, and over exaggerations, be the voice of gospel reason.

Jan 26, 2017

The Gospel and Social Media Part 2 by Ronni Kurtz

Remember, a cross and the pursuit of the good of others should mark your Christian life. This must be true for your social media presence as well.

Jan 19, 2017

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 1

The Dangerous Allure of Being a Cultural Warrior by Brian Davis

In disregarding the total authority of the Word of God, people seek to take the throne of authority themselves

Mar 7

The Curious Case of the Adult 9 Year-Old by Owen Strachan

Our culture is not only opposed at present to the gospel. It is opposed to the very concept of reality itself.

Jun 26

The Church’s Most Powerful Political Word: The Gospel by Jonathan Leeman

The solution is to realize that political power must always begin with the gospel. It alone possesses the ability to change a heart, produce true justice, and permanently unite enemies.

Sep 25

The Church Prophetic

An FTC18 Sermon

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

Dr. Owen Strachan's message on "The Church Prophetic" delivered at the 2018 For The Church National Conference

Aug 31, 2017

The Church, Politics, and Bonhoeffer's Way Forward - Part 3

Start at the Bottom and Work Your Way Lower

We prefer power. But oh, to find the beauty of service good again!

Aug 30, 2017

The Church, Politics, and Bonhoeffer's Way Forward - Part 2

The Kingdom Maker

The goal is not for Christians to seize power through political maneuvering, but it is instead for Christians to model how the Kingdom of God subverts and redeems power.

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.

Jan 25, 2017

The America We Forgot by Owen Strachan

There is much wisdom when you have a love for people wherever you find them, urban or rural.

Mar 20, 2017

Tale As Old As Time by Allyson Todd

The gospel is the ultimate "tale as old as time" because we get God.

May 31, 2017

Stop Using Your Personality Test as a Crutch by Michael Kelley

If you’re a Christian, knowing your personality is not your end game.

Oct 11

Some Things Change, Some Things Stay the Same

Thoughts on Race and the Evangelical Pulpit

George Cheever was right: God is against slavery and racism, as well as oppression and injustice of every kind, in every age.

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.

Apr 5, 2017

Sex: The Cathedral of Our Culture by Sam Bierig

Sex simply cannot sustain the weight of our culture's expectations.

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.

Feb 24, 2017

Russell Moore on the Culture War by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

If conservatives have lost the culture war and the American church is in decline, what is there for evangelicals to be encouraged by?

Oct 10

Russell Moore On Social Justice Without A Social Gospel by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How can Christians adopt appropriate concerns for justice while rejecting a social gospel?

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?”