Culture

Is the Church A Cruise Ship Or A Rescue Boat?

When describing the difficulty in creating a more thoughtful version of Christianity in America, I sometimes describe the Church as a large ocean liner. If we, as Christian Case Makers, hope to have a significant impact on what appears to be a sometimes uninformed (or apathetic) Christian culture, we must

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How to Turn the Christian Ocean Liner, One Degree at a Time

Last weekend I had the great privilege of partnering with Tactical Faith, a Christian Case Making ministry in the State of Alabama. Matt Burford formed this non-profit organization to bring apologetics to the local Church in his region. Matt lives in a part of the country where most people have

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Christian Leaders: Here’s the Quickest Way to Change Our Christian Culture

I’ve been both a youth and a lead pastor, and as such, I’ve struggled to find a way to change the culture of the groups I’ve led. There were times when I fretted about the theological maturity of my group or their ability to defend the truth claims of Christianity.

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Why Hollywood Is Comfortable Distorting the Story of Noah

You’d have to be living in a cave to have missed the buzz (and Christian response) this month to Darren Aronofsky’s new movie, Noah. My good friend Brett Kunkle has written an excellent post related to the Christian reaction to the film and why we, as Christians, are concerned about

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Has the Church Surrendered Its Responsibility to the Academy?

Last night I had the opportunity to train 80 high school students at Crossline Church here in southern California. My ministry partners (Brett Kunkle, Alan Shlemon) and I will spend a month with these students (just like last year), training them once a week to help them navigate the evidences

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If You Want to Influence a Culture, Encourage a Young Colleague

While I was in Tempe last week for a Campus Crusade event as ASU, I carved some time from a very busy schedule to hang out with Matthew Mittelberg, the young son of Christian Case Maker, Mark Mittelberg. Matthew is leading an apologetics club on the campus of Grand Canyon

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Is “Rock and Roll” the Devil’s Music?

Last Sunday night Christian Contemporary music star Natalie Grant walked out of the Grammys. She was nominated for two Grammy awards (Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance and Best Christian Music Song), but couldn’t quite make it through the award show. Between Beyonce’s twerking, Mrs. Carter’s unladylike chair straddling, Jay-Z’s hyper

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Enjoy Christmas Tomorrow, Even Though It’s Probably Not Jesus’ Birthday

I celebrate Christmas. Growing up as an atheist, December 25th was about a lot of things, but not the birth of Jesus. For many centuries before the birth of Christ, December 25th was similarly non-Christian. The present date for Christmas traces back to the 4th Century. When Constantine declared Christianity

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