Sacred Space: Doug Wilson, the Church Is a Bride, Bro

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.Some sections of the evangelical church are so fueled by testosterone right now that I fear the bride of Christ might become a bearded lady. Hardly a month goes by where high profile evangelical pastors extol the virtues of manly combat in MMA or fail to miss an opportunity to make fun of girly music leaders. This week is no exception. Doug Wilson decided to put out a post titled "Your W … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Easter Breakthrough

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.Here at Christ and Pop Culture, we try to take a look at the culture, both inside and outside the church. We try to see how we are influenced by culture, both for the good and for the bad, and we talk about the contributions that we can make to culture as Christians. I love that about this site. My particular contribution is to examine the crossover between the local church and culture, and I c … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Robert Schuller's Glass House

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church. There is no part of me that enjoys reading about the woes of Robert Schuller and the Crystal Cathedral. For myself, it is like a period at the end of a sad sentence. The irony of Schuller's positive thinking preaching has caught up to him and the palace that he built. Schuller's theology, for the most part, cannot help him now, and his failing can serve as a cautionary tale to us all.In case … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Cat a Kiss Him? What's a Catechism?

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church. It was a lovely fall day, and I was in car line to pick up my son from his preschool class. His teacher brought him to the car, sat him in his booster seat and asked, "Ummm...Brad. What church did you say you all go to?" The look she was giving me was not one of curiosity, but genuine puzzlement. I told her that we were members of New Covenant Baptist Church. This did not seem to ease her … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Church and the Culture of Fear

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.Christians are a people who are only supposed to know one great fear: The fear of the Lord. In all other areas of life, we are to be utterly fearless. We believe that we serve an Almighty God who watches over us with intense interest, and always acts for our greatest good. He loves us so greatly that He sent His Son to rescue us from sin and death, and He has promised to carry us from cradle … [Read more...]

Is Church Discipline Cultish? A Response to the Mars Hill Drama

Mars Hill in Seattle is in the news again, but this time Mark Driscoll seems only vicariously linked to the controversy. This time, the issue at hand is apropos to all evangelical churches instead of reflecting on merely the character of Driscoll. This event has brought the concept of church discipline itself under scrutiny, and as the pastor of a church that seeks to practice accountability in a biblical way, how this shakes out can make a difference as to how our folks and our visitors view … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: A Plea for the Persecuted

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.Most of us have never seen real persecution with our own eyes, and for that I am grateful. In the United States, Christians may have to deal with being made fun of, and we may be misrepresented in the media. But that is hardly the same as having to worry about an angry mob kicking in your door and dragging you off to your death. Friends I have made have had this very real worry, and I have … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Where Addicts Find Help

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.On the way to the office this morning, I heard a report on NPR that the Mexican military recently busted a ranch devoted to making meth-amphetamines. According to the report, the military seized 15 tons of these drugs, all ear-marked to be sold in the United States. This was the second such bust in recent months, and the sheer amount of drugs they found stunned me. This was meant to come here. … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Facebook Can Help Your Church

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church. Most of us know that Facebook can be a handy tool for enriching and forming relationships. It helps us keep in contact with family and friends who are out of town. We get to see their family pictures, and we see their kids grow. We can wish them Happy Birthday when we might have otherwise forgot. Facebook is like an easy way to drop in and say "Hi" to someone, and a helpful reminder that even … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Superbowl Sunday

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.The Superbowl is upon us. For your pastor and the staff, that means the headache of trying to figure out how to keep all your church family happy without looking like sell-outs concerning the importance of the local church gathering.  Most churches have some sort of regularly scheduled service on Sunday nights, it might be a preaching service, some kind of discipleship or prayer service, or p … [Read more...]


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