The Summit Lecture Series: Making Sense of Your World with John Stonestreet, Part 3

There are three questions that bother me in regards to where our society is headed. We discussed the first two last week (How do we define truth? What do we consider beautiful).The third question that concerns me is: What’s going to happen to western civilization? Now, I try not to be a “Christian Alarmist” and go around telling people that the world is about to end and there is nothing you can do about it except wait for the rapture and buy my book (though I would appreciate you buying my … [Read more...]

The Summit Lecture Series: Making Sense of Your World with John Stonestreet, Part 2

It’s often said that, “It doesn’t really matter what you believe, but it does matter.Ideas have consequences. As G.K. Chesterton said, “The modern habit of saying ‘This is my opinion, but I may be wrong,’ is entirely irrational. If I say that it may be wrong, I say that it is not my opinion. The modern habit of saying, ‘Every man has a different philosophy, this is my philosophy and it suits me,’ – the habit of saying this is mere weak-mindedness.” Does that not almost exactly describe the … [Read more...]

Summit Lecture Series: Making Sense of Your World with John Stonestreet

To purchase the entire Summit Lecture Series, Vol. 1 on DVD, go to: summit.org. If we just had to understood who God is, that would be difficult enough.My oldest daughter, Abigail, was around 3 ½ when she was helping my wife tuck in her younger sister, Anna. At the end, Abigail leaned in to tell her, “God will be with you tonight, Anna.”Isn’t that nice?Except, afterwards Abigail turned around to my wife and said, “Mommy, I told Anna that God would be with her and the other God will b … [Read more...]

The Big Picture 72: Do Older Christians Really Need to “Knock it Off”?

[display_podcast]I’m over 45 and I scare your children. Does my age disqualify me from speaking up about politics and culture? Do I really need to ‘knock it off!’? Andy Stanley says so. I’m Joel Fieri, and welcome to “The Big Picture’ podcast, where we seek to begin and hopefully sustain a conversation about current trends, ideas and issues in the Church and greater society.Pastor Andy Stanley has gone viral lately with a couple Internet videos, one regarding political fear mongering and … [Read more...]

Church for Men 28: Why Informality Is Suddenly OK

[display_podcast] (Author’s note: This post originally appeared in January 2013. It was part of a series about the huge changes that are rocking Western society – and their impact on men and the church. I am not advocating these changes; I’m simply trying to explain why they’re happening, to help believers respond with greater understanding to those they may disagree with.) I’m one of the millions of viewers enchanted by one of TV’s hottest show – Downton Abbey. It’s the story of an aristocrati … [Read more...]

Church for Men 24: Why Extramarital Sex Is Suddenly OK

[display_podcast] (Author’s note: This post originally appeared in January 2013. It was part of a series about the huge changes that are rocking Western society – and their impact on men and the church. I am not advocating these changes; I’m simply trying to explain why they’re happening, to help believers respond with greater understanding to those they may disagree with.) During the 2012 presidential campaign, a Democratic activist was quoted on NPR saying, “When it comes to sex, the Republic … [Read more...]


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