Our host discusses how to think Christianly on difficult topics. Are Christians asking the right questions when it comes to critical race theory? How should we think about purity culture? Should believers leave the church when it does not align with their political beliefs? These are just some of the questions that Russell Moore answers this week on The Russell Moore Show. Tune in for a thought-provoking episode that emphasizes the importance of engaging all topics, concerns, and issues of the day from a biblical perspective. When should I leave the church? (04:45) Based on recent scandals, should there be…

We don’t need a better guidebook or a different set of rules. We need to change the way we approach the conversation. I wish I still had my copies of the popular sexuality and dating books from my youth so I could see which quotes I highlighted as a 15-year-old. I’m sure there is a list somewhere in my handwriting titled “What I Want in a Future Husband” (though, to be honest, it was probably pretty short: Jonathan Taylor Thomas). While writing Talking Back to Purity Culture, I reread fresh copies of those books. As I revisited the words that…

A debate over “untethered empathy” underscores how departing leaders, including John Piper’s successor, approached hot-button issues like race and abuse. This was supposed to be a landmark year for Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, as the historic congregation, best known for John Piper’s 33-year tenure as pastor, marked its 150th anniversary. Bethlehem College and Seminary (BCS)—which grew from the church’s lay training institute to an accredited program—also has reason to celebrate. This fall, the school will inaugurate its second president, 10 years after its first graduating class. Ahead of the commemorations, though, the community finds itself in the midst of…

The wind has changed. The majority of Western society is no longer made up of Bible-believing Christians. In fact, the wind appears to be blowing hard behind the forces of secularism and paganism. So how do believers find the courage to hold firm to our faith in a culture where we’re increasingly becoming strangers and exiles? Read Brave by Faith by Alistair Begg and use the corresponding study guide with your Bible study group, or for individual study, to find the courage hold firm to your biblical beliefs. Drawing many lessons from the experience of Daniel living in ancient Babylon,…

“What I believe makes me an outsider.” This is a sentiment shared by many Christians these days. Far removed from the time of a “moral majority,” we are now living with greater awareness that this broken, sinful world is not our home. What the Bible teaches about Christians is becoming clearer to our generation in the West: we are “sojourners and exiles” in this world (1 Pet. 2:11). With this in view, we can find both comfort and challenge when we consider how incredibly relevant the message of the book of Daniel is for the church in every generation: God…

Covid is a microcosm revealing our worst impulses and how we are governed by them. In the summer of 1994, the coolest kid in school wrote seven words in my yearbook that in many ways capture the essence of the Asian American experience, then and today. In dark blue ink and perfect cursive he wrote: “You are the coolest slanty I know.” His words actually made me laugh out loud at first but saddened me an instant later because of their inherent tragedy. The real somatic element of the Asian American experience is not the ongoing incendiary slights, or even…

Each new star is an amalgam of all who came before; each song a single snapshot in time. But more than that, music is a reflection of us.

For Black Americans, the rendering of their cultural identity matters. Columnist Ken Makin explores the historical fight for a capital “B.”

How Christians lost the benefit of the doubt—and why we need to find the good in each other again. I used to get excited to see my Twitter mentions spike. Now I dread it. All that attention inevitably means I’m getting called out for something wrong—maybe a typo or broken link, maybe a bad joke or hasty observation. Posting on social media has always risked irking angry employers, incessant trolls, or vengeful doxxers, but lately we face backlash from our own friends and feeds. The bar for what merits a public reckoning has fallen as the internet incentivizes us to…

Music is often called the universal language. But new research suggests that culture shapes how you hear music.

God’s work of creation reveals His character and radiance. In his creative self-expression, God reveals his eternal love and his power to bring about that revelation.  God’s love motivated Him to create mankind after His image. As such, mankind can engage in its own creative self-expression. God endowed mankind with the capacity for language and communication to share our experience in his presence. Culture can be that arena through which we express these experiences of connecting, yearning, pursuing, and experiencing God. But it can also be that arena through which we express a feeling of disconnect, a desire to run away from God, or to…

To break its culture of corruption, the former Soviet state has put a light of transparency on private companies and corrupt low-level officials. One result: a welcome spurt in economic growth.

Though it made many promises to Canada’s indigenous peoples on reconciliation, the Trudeau government has realized little substantive progress.

Around the Arab world, a steady rise in Ramadan consumerism is putting a premium on appearances, straining many budgets.

Maintaining a healthy spiritual life is critical for pastors. But just as critical are the spiritual lives of those who surround a pastor—those in a position to encourage, reprove, and restore them, as well as others in ministry leadership. In this month’s free book, Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy—an environment that actively undermines the wellbeing and efficacy of church leaders and thus the entire Church body. In this excerpt from Dangerous Calling, Tripp reveals how this unhealthy culture begins and its natural result: When the Word of God,…

“You are the green berets in the Kingdom. You’re on the frontline. You’re doing the job that is often thankless but is perhaps most important.” William Vanderbloemen is the CEO and Founder of Vanderbloemen Search Group. a recruitment and consulting firm for churches. Previously, he served as the senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Houston. Recently, William interviewed me for his podcast and I interviewed him for this blog post. In this interview, William expresses his appreciation for small churches and their leaders, talks about the importance of a church’s underlying culture (from his new book, Culture Wins), and…

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