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The content below is intended to provide a variety of helpful resources on difficult yet relevant subjects, in this case, culture wars and Christian ethics. We recognize that some sources may come into question for any number of reasons. We believe God uses imperfect people every day, so please know that the following authors, speakers, and even ministries, are just as fallible as anyone — yet if they may be helpful, we want to share them with you.
Culture arises as people cultivate what God has created. Culture differs from nature in that it is humanly engineered. But are some cultures better than others? We consider a three-fold template for how Christians assess cultural, as well as a possible danger that comes along with each of these three responses. You can watch the entire message that introduced our "Culture Wars & Christian Ethics" Wednesday Night Community series by clicking here.
In a day when many claim something to be “my truth,” Christians must understand the correspondence theory of truth. That is, when a belief corresponds to the way the world is, that belief has the attribute of being true. Further, we see that God has communicated truth both through His Word as well as His world. You can watch the entire message by clicking here.
Orthodox Christians believe that the Bible is completely true in all that it affirms (correctly interpreted), the standard for truth (sola Scriptura), and applicable to all of life. It orients us to how we ought to live (ethics). We consider two possible errors we can make when appealing to the Bible for ethics. Finally, we discover that biblical ethics offers us a three-sided gem we must take into account in making our ethical decisions. You can watch the entire message by clicking here.
In this currently contentious topic, Christians must distinguish between “gender ideology,” and those trapped in the ideology. The Bible commands us to refuse to sacrifice either truth or love. We know that humanity’s rebellion in the garden introduced sin into the human experience. And sin has so deeply ravaged what it means to be human, and our experiences of embodied life, that our own identities are deeply fractured. We finally consider historically how gender dysphoria has moved from a rare psychological symptom to a social phenomenon—fed by a particular ideology that comes through educational institutions, and is enabled by a technology we did not have before. You can watch the entire message by clicking here.
We consider six areas of general concern in culture if gender ideology is fully embraced. We also look at some other examples of body-dysmorphia, which challenge and refute gender ideology. We also ask practical questions like, “Should I use someone’s preferred name or pronouns?” Finally, from a biblical perspective, is it being “inauthentic” to not go with your subjective feelings of self? You can watch the entire message by clicking here.
According to the Bible, where do all the different races come from? More importantly, is “race” even a biblical category? We look at the two different early civil rights movements in America—the violent radicals, and the non-violent civil rights activists. And we demonstrate how Critical Race Theory is merely Cultural Marxism, promoting group-based rights, race-based redistribution of wealth, un-checked bureaucratic authority, and active racial discrimination. Lastly, we discover how the Old Testament law planted the seeds for the destruction of racial slavery. You can watch the entire message by clicking here.
Dick Foth interviews Steve Moore who has been a speech writer for social and political leaders for decades in D.C. and around the world. Steve is a self-described “political junkie.” Together, they paint a picture of what it might look like for those in the kingdom of God to engage with the political world. What hope is there for any sort of unity in America when the nation is so politically splintered? They also respond to questions which were submitted earlier. You can watch the entire message by clicking here.
Jeff Grobaski is the founder and CEO of Epic River. He draws on more than 25 years of experience in software development and product management in his pragmatic approach to tech innovation. Before creating Epic River, Jeff began his career at EDS where he worked as a systems engineer on several logistics and personnel systems in the Pentagon for the Department of Defense. After leaving EDS, Jeff put his top-secret clearance and systems engineering experience to work in the tech startup world. Jeff lays out what Christians need to be aware of when engaging in the various social media platforms, and then takes questions from those in attendance. You can watch the entire message by clicking here.
Having the eternal perspective that the Bible offers, tells us that while we’re eternally wired for “intimacy,” we’re only temporarily programed for “sexual attraction/expression.” That is, marriage and sexual expression will not be a part of the new creation. Therefore, your “true, authentic self” cannot be the makeup of your sexual desires. Finally, we realize that we must develop a theology of celibacy from the Bible. You can watch the entire message by clicking here.