Posts Tagged ‘culture’



Hollywood, Politics, and Religious Freedom in America

Every July 4th in America, we wrestle with how “patriotic” our church services and Christian programming should be. There is a massive shift in our thinking about mixing our religious faith and politics today, and recently, a magazine interviewed me on the issue. I thought you might be interested in the conversation: Read the full article »

On July 4th Sunday: Be Careful Using Militaristic Language in the Church

Something we invariably witness on July 4th Sunday is video on the wide screens at some churches featuring fighter jets, soldiers, and waving flags.  Yes – Jesus used militaristic language in the New Testament. As the Park Forum devotional puts it: “In a time when Galilee already had a powerful and dangerous ruler (Herod Antipas), Jesus was a revolutionary. When Jesus spoke of his purpose and mission, he often used war-like language. For example, in Matthew 10, he said, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”” But what we can’t forget is Read the full article »

Christians And The Disneyfication of Great Art

Kathleen and I are teaching at a media conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since we’re culture hounds, one night we went out to see a performance of the Tango. The dance was born during the 1890s along the Río de la Plata, the river between Uruguay and Argentina, and grew from there. The audience at the venue we attended was largely tourists – although we sat next to a group of very artistic older fans. In spite of all the tourist atmosphere, it was a fascinating performance, and as I watched, I thought of how many similar art forms were born out of poverty, war, or Read the full article »

A Real Life Example of Why Culture is More Important Than Vision

Culture is more important than vision.  From experts like John Maxwell to Sam Chand, that premise is a critical leadership principle. The reason is simple: An organization’s culture sets the tone for everything else, and leaders are responsible for creating an organization’s culture. I don’t care how great or noble your vision – if you don’t have a capable and vibrant culture, then very little will happen. A strong culture inspires people, and Read the full article »

The Future Of The Church

Recently, Steven Siwek and the team from Glory Unlimited did an interview with me on media, culture, and the future of the Church.   I’d love to know what you think:

When The King James Bible Mattered

Writer and critic Christopher Hitchens was an outspoken critic of religion, but when it came to the King James Bible, he was a huge fan.  In the May 2011 edition of Vanity Fair magazine, he wrote a powerful article about the King James Bible, and it’s impact on Western civilization.  The title of the article was:  When the King Saved God:  An unbeliever argues that our language and culture are incomplete without a 400-year-old book—the King James translation of the Bible. Spurned by the Establishment, it really represents a triumph for rebellion and dissent. Accept no substitutes!    Here’s a powerful excerpt I thought you’d enjoy.  Get out the tissues:

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Five Commandments for Becoming a Media Savvy Pastor

As a media consultant, I have the opportunity to help some of the largest churches and ministries in the country create effective, high quality media outreaches. In most cases, they are experienced, committed Christian leaders who understand the value and the power of the media.  But I also have the opportunity to spend time with less experienced pastors and ministry leaders who feel just as called to use media in a meaningful way, but have serious questions like:  Read the full article »

ESPN’s Unexpected Pro-Life Video

Who would have expected a national media platform like ESPN to feature such a powerful pro-life story?  It’s a very well produced story about the time when Heath White chased perfection. E:60′s Tom Rinaldi tells the story of a how the birth of a girl with Down Syndrome led to the re-birth of a man who thought he had everything, until he discovered the joy of pushing Paisley.  Watch the 15 minute video, and share it – it’s a powerful story: Read the full article »


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