The Day Metallica came to Church

This interview is by David Opderbeck … and is the first part of an interview with John Van Sloten, author of The Day Metallica Came to Church.  In this book, Pastor Van Sloten talks about finding God in culture — from the “high” culture of Van Gogh’s paintings to the pop culture of the heavy metal band Metallica.  [Read More...]

Christ and the Dragons 3

James Emery White , in his new book ( Christ Among the Dragons: Finding Our Way Through Cultural Challenges), takes on big themes, and the 3d chp is about culture. The big question is his: What would the world look like if there were no Christians? what is the measurable and real impact of those who follow [Read More...]

Perilous Times 2

Robert Wuthnow’s newest book, Be Very Afraid: The Cultural Response to Terror, Pandemics, Environmental Devastation, Nuclear Annihilation, and Other Threats , provides for us an opportunity to have a pastoral response to peril. In the last fifty years, he argues in chp 1, three things have happened: First, peril has become a constant. Second, peril [Read More...]

On Changing Culture 10

This book proposes a “new city commons” and it does on the basis of a singular text in Jeremiah. James Davison Hunter, in his new book, (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), suggests that Jeremiah 29:4-7 offers a 4th Way, a way beyond Right [Read More...]

On Changing Culture 9

This book is now getting to the nittty gritty of a genuine 4th Way proposal: James Davison Hunter, in his new book, (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), makes a proposal and I would call it a quietistic form of anabaptism or a quietism. [Read More...]

On Changing Culture 8

This book is now getting to the nittty gritty of a genuine 4th Way proposal: James Davison Hunter, in his new book, (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), makes a proposal that is a 4th Way: It’s about faithful presence. Each of the other [Read More...]

On Changing Culture 7

This book is now getting to the nittty gritty of a genuine 4th Way proposal: James Davison Hunter, in his new book, (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), sketches what power is all about. I agree with him that power — and who is [Read More...]

On Changing Culture 5

James Davison Hunter, in his new book, (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), offers an interesting perspective on how Christians ought to participate in culture: After sketching the three current approaches (Christian Right, Left and Neo-Anabaptists [today]), he concludes that these approaches are insufficiently [Read More...]

On Changing Culture 2

James Davison Hunter, in his new book, and I predict perhaps one of the more influential studies of this decade (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), examines the theme of how culture changes — and that leads him in Essay Two to the theme [Read More...]

8 Little Foxes that Spoil the Church’s Vines 2

In their new book, Hidden Worldviews: Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives , Steve Wilkens and Mark Sanford examine little cultural scripts that write themselves all over our life — and they want us to see them for what they are. Today we look at Consumerism: “I am what I own” is the motto. [Read More...]


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