Tag Archives: Articles on Culture

Practice Makes Perfect: Culture and the Liturgies of Life

Practice Makes Perfect: Culture and the Liturgies of Life

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.So here are the primary points of my argument: Culture is the behavior of a people. The formation of certain kinds of behaviors falls squarely in the… Continue Reading

Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi

Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Over the past several weeks I have been making the argument that in order to shape the behavior–the culture–of a people, we must give attention to the… Continue Reading

Corporate Worship is Formative

Corporate Worship is Formative

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Last week I mentioned that we are inevitably shaped by worldly liturgies, and so we need something to counteract this. This is where it will be useful… Continue Reading

Worldly Liturgies

Worldly Liturgies

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Our aim over the past several weeks has been to discover how Christians can cultivate higher inclinations toward what is true and good, but we must recognize that… Continue Reading

The Form of the Liturgy

The Form of the Liturgy

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Behavior is shaped by liturgies because, as Lewis stated, our inclinations are organized through trained habits, and habits are formed through rituals. And it is the shape… Continue Reading

The People’s Work

The People’s Work

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Perhaps one of the best ways to help us contemplate how behavior is shaped in the way that I have been explaining over the past several weeks is by… Continue Reading

T. David Gordon’s Foreword to By the Waters of Babylon

T. David Gordon’s Foreword to By the Waters of Babylon

The following is the foreword to By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post Christian Culture by Scott Aniol. The surprising acrimony that sometimes attended the “worship wars” of the last several decades suggested that we were talking past each other; that what we were talking about was somehow the tip of a larger, undiscussed iceberg beneath… Continue Reading

Make Disciples

Make Disciples

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Last week I argued that culture is essentially the behavior of a people. Here is the second peg to the argument I am developing over these several weeks:… Continue Reading

Culture and the Liturgies of Life

Culture and the Liturgies of Life

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Evangelicals today are enamored with culture. Visit any Christian blog or pick up a catalogue of recent Christian books, and you will likely find discussions of the… Continue Reading

Theological Issues at Stake in Discussions of Culture and Contextualization

Theological Issues at Stake in Discussions of Culture and Contextualization

Discussion of culture is an essential ingredient in any intelligent philosophy of Christian music. Especially in today’s globalized, multicultural environment, understanding what culture is and how it relates to worship and music is critical. The Standard Evangelical View J. Nathan Corbitt, in his The Sound of the Harvest: Music’s Mission in Church and Culture,1 presents an… Continue Reading

Culture is human behavior

Culture is human behavior

Evangelicals today are enamored with culture. Visit any Christian blog or pick up a catalog of recent Christian books, and you will likely find discussions of the cultural mandate, redeeming culture, forming culture, and creating culture. This matter is of particular concern to conservative Christians. We often find ourselves in the role of cultural critic,… Continue Reading

What does it mean to be “culturally affirming”?

What does it mean to be “culturally affirming”?

I was recently directed to a blog post that rejoiced in the fact that certain segments of conservative evangelicalism were becoming more “culturally affirming.” The specific incident the author cited involved an institution changing its philosophy of music from a more conservative to a more progressive one. So this got me thinking: what did this… Continue Reading

All Things to All Men | Part 4: What the Passage Means (vv21-22)

All Things to All Men | Part 4: What the Passage Means (vv21-22)

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series All Things to All Men You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series”All Things to All Men”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.I am writing a series of posts on the meaning of 1 Cor 9:19-23, in particular his comment in verse 22, “I have become all things… Continue Reading

All Things to All Men | Part 3: What the Passage Means (vv19-20)

All Things to All Men | Part 3: What the Passage Means (vv19-20)

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series All Things to All Men You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series”All Things to All Men”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.In 1 Cor 9:22, Paul writes, “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” This is series… Continue Reading

New Creatures–New Culture

New Creatures–New Culture

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series A New Testament Understanding of Culture You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series”A New Testament Understanding of Culture”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Culture is the same as behavior, and I am explaining in this series implications from the New Testament based on that idea. Here are… Continue Reading

A New Testament Understanding of Culture

A New Testament Understanding of Culture

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series A New Testament Understanding of Culture You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series”A New Testament Understanding of Culture”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.There is a lot of talk about culture these days, but I’m convinced that most of the people who talk about it have never… Continue Reading