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Yolanda Weinberger: A Christian Woman Thinks about Race and Racism

By Discerning Culture, Interviews

I am honored to have an articulate and wise board of The Apollos Project. In this interview, I talk with Yolanda Weinberger about her thoughts on race and racism. 00:01 – Meet Yolanda! 04:51 – A few stories of of racism 08:34 – How Yolanda thinks about racism 13:45 – Advice for “guilty feeling” whites 17:24 – Advice for Americans of African descent 22:38 – How Yolanda has tried to disciple her children thinking about race 25:17 – Thoughts on Ferguson and Baltimore 31:40 – Applying the gospel to this issue 34:09 – Ways to stay connected with Yolanda. [fusion_builder_container…

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Deciphering The Worldview of a Movie

By Discerning Culture

Art has a way of affecting our emotions. If the story it tells is true, then that art is powerfully helpful. If that story is false, then it can deceive us. One helpful thing we can do is actually decipher the message of a movie. And all movies do have a message. The following are some questions that have been in my notes. I am sure they are not original with me. Consider printing this list down and asking a few of these questions of the next movie you see. What does this teach about God? How does that compare the…

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Dating Advice for Young Men

By Discerning Culture

CBMW has my latest article up here. I wrote it to encourage young men to take manful initiative and care in a dateless world. Have Manful Motivation 1. Treat her as a sister with absolute purity. 2. Treat her as a sister with selfless love. Take Manful Action 1. Spend some time in groups with guys and girls. 2. Have some modesty toward her. 3. Date with Jesus, not Cupid in mind. 4. Make a formal, in-person invitation. 5. Be ready for rejection. Y 6. Go somewhere. 7. Minister to her by asking her questions about herself. 8. Thank her…

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Level-Headed Posts on Gordon College and the New McCarthyism

By Discerning Culture

  After my screed last week, calmer and more knowledgeable voices have spoken to this issue. It is an issue that should concern every Christian. Our country was founded on separation of powers and religious liberty. Those two principles are under assault. My own state, Rhode Island, allowed many religions (Baptists, Jews, Quakers) to practice their religion freely in the early days of our country. That pluralism is under assault. Here are a few of the calmer and scarier articles: Learn the facts – Gordon College provides a facts page. Mind the Gap  – I dont like the title but…

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Gordon College and the New McCarthyism

By Discerning Culture

You may be aware that Gordon College is making national news. This small, liberal arts college in New England is located in sleepy Wenham, MA. It is not an indoctrinating place at all. In fact, its byline for years past was “freedom within a framework of faith” – emphasis on freedom. For many years, it has been a stronghold for theistic evolution. Hardly the home base of fundies. (Full disclosure: my wife is an alumna and I have a child as a student.) But now it has crossed the PC bullies and finds itself in their crosshairs. Why? Because it…

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Modern Day Parenting Problems

By Discerning Culture

My daughter, who has nannied and babysat for families from New England to Florida, pointed me to this article by a British nanny. She observes five reasons for worry with modern day parenting of little ones. These are good for Christian parents to see because we are influenced by the culture we live in. My comments are in italics afterwards. Her five are: 1. A fear of our children. “I have what I think of as “the sippy cup test,” wherein I will observe a parent getting her toddler a cup of milk in the morning. If the child says,…

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The Truth About Hobby Lobby

By Discerning Culture

Hobby Lobby is in the news today. It has been called the most important case of our day. But even Fox News headlines gets it wrong. It is not about this company providing contraception. It is about the government forcing a company owned by Christians to provide abortive contraception. You can read the facts here and here. How did we ever get to this point? Let us disciple our children in the understanding of religious liberty and prepare them to stand with courage in the public square. And “Speak Truth to Power.”

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Some Help Interpreting Themes from the Movie Frozen

By Discerning Culture

For some reason there were technical issues with the Facebook and RSS feed. I am reposting this. Sorry for the trouble. I haven’t seen the movie Frozen. Nor do I plan to. My children are past that age. But I recently came across this article which helps pick out some themes that are worth discussing. Some key paragraphs: None of our children have magical freezing powers. But the power of narrative is that we relate our experience to the heroine’s. Children, particularly as they grow through adolescence and into their teenage years, will be aware of things inside them that…

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Boring and Unglamorous, but Effective Ways to Help the Truly Poor

By Discerning Culture

Dr. Jay Richards shares 10 hard, boring, unglamorous ways to really help the poor. If you have a child who wants to help the poor and is entranced with sugar-coated, large government liberalism, this video is required. It is rather long but worth the watch. (HT:BTW – which does a better job of expanding on the points below.) The introduction itself is quite helpful. His ten points are: 1. You must have the rule of law. 2. Limit the jurisdiction of government. 3. Implement good systems of property. 4. Encourage economic freedom. 5. Encourage strong mediating institutions between government and…

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Spurgeon on Idlers (Untried & Critical)

By Church Life, Discerning Culture

“Idlers may indulge in a fond conceit of their abilities, because they are untried; but the earnest worker soon learns his own weaknesses. If you seek humility, try hard work; if you would know your nothingness, attempt some great thing for Jesus.” In my words, stop being a movie critic and actually make a movie. Before you go criticizing the bride of Christ, try attempting some great thing for Jesus. Then come back and see me.

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