Contributed by Michael Snow on Aug 20, 2008
I want to begin this morning with a little quiz. I want to see if all of our contemporary advertising really works. See if you can identify the following products by their advertising slogans.
"Just do it." Nike
"It's the real thing." Coke
"When you care enough to
Contributed by Terry Barnhill on Oct 24, 2009
One evening Ardie and I decided we needed to get out of the house. On an impulse, we went looking for a good movie. When we got to the theater, we didn't recognize any of the movies that were playing, so we just picked one. It was titled "District 13" . . . big
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Mar 13, 2010
CHURCHES AND CULTURE
In survey after survey, researchers find that the lifestyles of born-again Christians are virtually indistinguishable from those of nonbelievers. The divorce rate among Christians is identical to that of nonbelievers. Christian teens are almost as sexually active as
Contributed by Davon Huss on Dec 3, 2013
We live in a world that has shaped our priorities, skewed our perspectives, and taught us what to value. Rather than permitting God to challenge those values--to confront and replace them--a great deal of energy is expended in the attempt to win God’s approval and support of the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 13, 2010
WHAT IS CULTURE?
What is culture? It is the ways of thinking, living, and behaving that define a people and underlie its achievements. It is a nation’s collective mind, its sense of right and wrong, the way it perceives reality, and its definition of self. Culture is the morals and habits a
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 27, 2010
THE CULTURE OF COMPLAINT
In 1991, Robert Hughes, an art critic, wrote a book called The Culture of Complaint. His thesis is that we live in a culture in which we perceive ourselves as being entitled to having all our wants and desires fulfilled. When that doesn't happen, we become "victims," we
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
Let’s be honest. In a culture that is increasingly hostile to Christians and their faith, it’s not always easy to confess Jesus.
April 20 will be the 8th anniversary of the day Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold gunned down a dozen students and one teacher at Columbine High School. Although it was not
ADDICTION | Angeles Arrien, a cultural anthropologist, describes our situation this way. She says our condition is one of universal addiction. She has written that we are all afflicted with addictions, not necessarily to drugs or alcohol or other substances -- those are merely symptoms -- but
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2008
Companies that nurture a culture of philanthropy are more profitable, says Dover Management research. The study found that companies with a solid link between giving and operating earnings outperformed the S & P 500
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 31, 2008
OUR INSTANT CULTURE
In a chapter about rethinking discipleship, James Emery White states:
Some of you may remember comedian Yakov Smirnoff. He said when he first came to the United States from Russia; he wasn't prepared for the incredible variety of instant products available in American
Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Feb 11, 2010
CULTURES: AN ENORMOUS TASK
Sydney has major shopping malls. I mean big and crowded with people. I couldn't help thinking that as I looked down the floor of Westmead Shopping Centre in Sydney, there within a short space, were over 300 people walking towards me. And that was one level where I
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2007
"Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2007
"Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors, who when their turn
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 4, 2011
CULTURAL BLINDNESS IN MISSIONS
David Livermore, in his book, Serving with Eyes Wide Open, talks about a friend of his, Ashish, who came from Northern India to visit him in Chicago. They were eating at Gino's Pizzeria, and there they ran into a youth pastor David knew, along with his youth group.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 5, 2006
Cultural Creatives is the new label for a individuals who reject traditionalism and modernism in favor of their 1960’s values. Proponents are typically upper middle class and consider themselves leading edge thinkers. The read a great deal, but don’t see their values reflected in what they read.
Contributed by John Shearhart on Oct 5, 2006
“There are numerous cultures around the world where the divorce rate is near zero. Why? The common denominator is that divorce is not viewed as an option. It may be against the law or against the norm of their society. In cultures where divorce is an acceptable choice, couples can decide in advance
Contributed by Chris Surber on Sep 13, 2007
The culture has wrongly insisted that faith and reason are incompatible.
One of the classes that I took in my undergraduate degree in Religion at Liberty University was a biology class which dealt with the issues of evolution and creation from a scientific and a biblical view point.
The culture of the Corinthians said, "Go ahead commit sexual immorality – God won’t mind – God is okay with it." The Corinthian city was evil because they practiced "Sexual immorality in the temple of Aphrodite."
1. It was considered normal!
2. It was considered even a way to honor other
Contributed by Charles Wallis on Nov 17, 2008
“Perhaps Western culture is nearing a point where the Christian faith can be successfully reintroduced. Maybe the collapse of the present order will lead to a new outbreak of
Contributed by Chris Edmondson on May 26, 2007
We live in a culture that breeds dissatisfaction. Henri Nouwen wrote a wonderful book entitled The
Return of the Prodigal Son. It is a top 10. He made this statement.
Many consumeristic economies stay afloat my manipulating the low self esteem of their consumers. By creating spiritual