Managing Technology in the Family

November 8, 2017 ...

In this webinar, Andy Crouch, past executive editor of Christianity Today and author of “The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Place,” offers principles on how to manage technology in the family with practical examples of how those principles played out in his family. The webinar costs $25 for non-members. If you are …

Hollywood’s Elusive Hope

February 13, 2017 ...

Andy Warhol observed, “It’s the movies that have really been running things in America, ever since they were invented. They show you what to do; how to do it; when to do it; how to feel about it; and how to look when you feel about it.” He said this in 1966, and if anything, …

Theology of Entertainment

February 13, 2017 ...

He said that “muse” means to think and the “a” means “not” (in college I learned that’s a privative alpha negation). In other words, amusements are non-thinking. My father’s point was probably to avoid popular entertainment, because it is thoughtless. I’ve mused about this random parental lesson and decided that there are times when I …

On Christian Hip-Hop

February 6, 2017 ...

How did you come to faith? I came to faith through music, which is why I’m passionate about the gospel and the arts. As a teenager, I was in a dark situation. I lived in an under-resourced, underprivileged and under-protected neighborhood. I was able to do well in school and got accepted into a program …

Making Wise Movie and TV Choices for Our Families

February 6, 2017 ...

I’ll admit, it can seem overwhelming. Some of us grew up with just a handful of channels. Now, everyone — from Amazon to Netflix to broadcast networks to movie studios — wants a piece of the action. Cartoons were a Saturday-morning treat back in my day, not something you could watch 24/7 on half-a-dozen cable …

Cultivation and Creation

January 31, 2017 ...

As steam rises from the rapidly cooling pan, I will deglaze it with a wooden spatula, then add red kidney beans, black beans, corn and bulgur wheat cooked in tomato juice. When the whole mixture has returned to a boil, I will turn down the heat to a barely visible simmering flame. I will have …

I Am Entertained, Therefore I Am

January 31, 2017 ...

Yet, American Christians are drowning in entertainment choices: According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, revenue within the United States, media and entertainment industry reached an estimated $546 billion in 2014. The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average American spent $2,605 on entertainment in 2012, when those age 15 and over …