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Video: How can Christians begin to engage with and change the culture?

Christians Shaping Culture

How can Christians begin to engage with and change the culture? “We sometimes want to change the world and forget to change our community.” — Jennifer Marshall, Vice President, The Heritage Foundation In this video, Jennifer Marshall highlights the need for local change that often gets overlooked by those of us who are focused on changing the entire world. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the… Read More →Video: How can Christians begin to engage with and change the culture?

Pantheism’s Finest Hour

In May of 1980 George Lucas released Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the sequel to his 1977 breakout hit Star Wars. The film is often regarded as the best of the Star Wars films, coming in at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, and ranking as the thirteenth highest-rated movie on IMDB’s top 250. The film contains some of the most memorable and iconic scenes in film history. Among these is the training of Luke… Read More →Pantheism’s Finest Hour

Logical Fallacies

A logical fallacy is “a mistake in reasoning that renders an argument invalid, unsound, weak, or ineffective.”1 In philosophy courses, students are often taught a whole list of fallacies and how to avoid them. However, fallacies are extremely common in pop-culture—news media, commercials, TV shows, movies, and political debates. Below are some common examples.   Ad Hominem – Time Warner Cable   The Ad hominem is “a fallacy in which an argument attacks a person… Read More →Logical Fallacies

Defining Our Terms: Having Clear Conversations

Having Effective Conversations

In this video, Tim Barnett makes a great point about the nature of God. He points out that God doesn’t need us for anything because He is completely self-sufficient. Objecting to God’s self-sufficient nature by saying He “requires” something from us is to equivocate a “requirement” from us, for our benefit, to a “need” that God has us to fulfill. These two meanings are very different; the question of who is in need is quite important. As… Read More →Defining Our Terms: Having Clear Conversations

Evidence: Experience Over Facts?

Evidence: Experience vs. Facts

This recent post by blogger Natasha Crain highlights some crucial points about the role that objective evidence should play in our understanding of reality. Natasha walks us through the way she processed the terrifying idea that she might have cancer. Through this experience, she saw some of the limits of trying to look at reality objectively all the time. Many times, especially in moments of hardship, even the most intellectual people are not interested in… Read More →Evidence: Experience Over Facts?

Video: How can we communicate truth to a relative culture?

Communicating Truth

How can we communicate truth to a relative culture? “All I want to do is bring a mirror out and show them that deep inside they value truth, they want truth, and they actually do try to live their lives based on what they think is true.” — Sean McDowell, Associate Professor of Christian Apologetics, Biola University Many people in our society today claim that they don’t believe in the value of truth. Sean McDowell… Read More →Video: How can we communicate truth to a relative culture?

Video: How can Christians become more intentional about their worldview?

Intentional Christian Worldview

How can Christians become more intentional about their worldview? “We’ve got to get back to talking about faith as if it deals with matters of truth and not preference.” — John Stonestreet, President, The Colson Center for Christian Worldview In our current cultural climate, religion is often relegated to a matter of private personal preference. In this video, John Stonestreet emphasizes the public, absolute nature of the Christian faith that speaks truth about all of… Read More →Video: How can Christians become more intentional about their worldview?

You Don’t Own Me

In March of 2015, the Australian artist, Grace, released a cover version of the song “You Don’t Own Me,” originally recorded by Lesley Gore in 1963. The song became the number one hit on the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) charts. It was also featured in one of the trailers for the 2015 film Suicide Squad. The music video has been viewed over 213,000,000 times on youtube. You can listen to Grace’s version here.  … Read More →You Don’t Own Me

Transgender Research Not Welcome

Transgender Research Not Welcome

Colson Center President John Stonestreet brings up an interesting piece of research by Dr. Lisa Littman, a professor in behavioral and social sciences at Brown University. Dr. Littman determined that the number of people who identify themselves as transgender has gone up drastically in recent years, especially in friend groups that have already experienced one member identify as transgender. It seems, based on her research, that this increase is more like a trend used to cope with… Read More →Transgender Research Not Welcome

Why Don’t Christians do Miracles Today?

Why Don't Christians do Miracles Today?

At Stand to Reason, Tim Barnett’s short video provides excellent advice for interpreting John 14. Tim explains how if we look at the rest of the New Testament and the early church, we will find that no one actually believed all Christians were supposed to perform miracles. Instead, Tim argues, it makes more sense to interpret Jesus’ words to mean that we, believers in Christ, would do “greater works” than he did in the sense that… Read More →Why Don’t Christians do Miracles Today?

Don’t leave the Village

[Spoiler Alert: This article discusses major plot points from the film The Village]. In M. Night Shyamalan’s film, The Village, a group of people—all of whom have experienced a personal tragedy—decide to start a village in the middle of the woods to isolate themselves from the pain, sin, and wickedness in the outside world. In order to do so, they construct a village, dress likes it’s the 1880s, and create a fear that monsters surround… Read More →Don’t leave the Village

Video: How can we keep from holding conflicting beliefs?

Preventing Conflicting Beliefs

How can we keep from holding conflicting beliefs? “We need Christians to see that Christianity is the true story of all of reality.” — Brett Kunkle, Founder and President of Maven Christians are often criticized for holding conflicting beliefs. In this video, Brett Kunkle explains the cause of our conflicting beliefs and the ways in which we can reframe Christianity to avoid contradictions.   This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your… Read More →Video: How can we keep from holding conflicting beliefs?