Obama’s Bow and the Idolatry of American Exceptionalism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agUx79yG1Lo This ad, sponsored by SOFA (Special Operations for America) has been circulating around the internet. Obviously, context is important. If SOFA was merely trying to point out that one head of state should never have to give fealty to another head of state, then I understand the criticism on some level. From the little I know about the etiquette between heads of state, I think it is standard procedure for such leaders to treat each other as equals. … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: Why I Quit Listening to Christian Music

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them. The title of this article is not entirely fair. I listen to and sing lots of Christian music. Every Sunday morning, I count it a great blessing, to join with other Christians at my church in singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in praise of the Father. I also listen to plenty of music made by Christians in my free time. There was, however, a time … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: McDonald's on Chick-Fil-A Day

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them. Sometimes when I forget to set the coffee maker, I stop by McDonald's on the way to work. Their coffee is decent, and I like to have an Egg McMuffin from time to time. And though it is always busy in the morning, McDonald's is quite efficient and I can always get in and out of the drive-through quickly. Say what you will about McDonald's or fast food … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: Dark Nights and American Terrorism

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them. It is no secret that Americans love entertainment. This is apparent when 12 people are killed in at a film opening and that film still manages very respectable sales in its opening weekend. Perhaps this is because Americans will not be denied their entertainment or maybe we are becoming accustomed to these types of shootings being a part of life in … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: Is YOLO Worth Redeeming?

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them. I recently took the high school graduates in my church on their senior trip. These students had been very active at our church, serving both the student ministry and the wider church body and so I wanted to reward with a special trip of their own choosing. During the trip, my wife and I learned about the new phrase that was going around, "YOLO" which … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: You Are Not Special

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5p5nufi7EY A few weeks ago I attended the local high school in our area's graduation ceremony. The valedictorian told the many graduates to go out and "catch their dreams." Call me a cynic, but as I sat there listening, I couldn't help but think about how many of these students would not go out and catch their dreams. … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: Balancing Sex Education

When many Christians hear stories like that of Bedford-Stuyvesant Preparatory High School which had planned to hand out condoms at their high school prom, there seems to be a tremendous temptation to overreact. We get this picture in our head of school administrators forcing condoms in the hands of unsuspecting young people with the purpose of enabling them to have sex freely. We live in a sex saturated culture and we hear stories like this and we feel that our schools must be willfully … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: Advice for Graduates

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them.   Graduation is upon us. A time of reflecting on the past and dreaming of the future. It is also a time to give people lots of unsolicited advice because most of us have been there before and so we think we know a thing or two about how to conduct oneself in the post-high school world. So, graduating senior, whether you like it or not, get ready … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: Is Youth Ministry Unbiblical?

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them. Scott T. Brown believes that modern youth ministry is "an unbiblical concept borrowed from humanistic philosophies." That is a bold statement. As the Family Pastor of my church and one who oversees our church's student ministry, I am very much interested in getting to the bottom of whether Brown's claims are accurate. Recent surveys suggest that as … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: When Youth Pastors Should Go to Prison

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them. If you are my daughter's youth pastor and you ever abduct her at gun point, I will at the very least press charges--I will probably have to fight the temptation to do much worse to you. I will not care that you were trying to illustrate some greater spiritual lesson to her about the "real persecution" that other Christians face in countries bereft of … [Read more...]


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