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Not of the world

Not of the world

If worship is inspired by the revelation of the Lord of glory, then it will flower into a life-changing communion with the living God that will ultimately be made perfect in glory. But for the present it takes place in the world, which has always been a very religious place, though not in a truly… Continue Reading

Wilson on Christianity and the world

Wilson on Christianity and the world

Doug Wilson’s recent discussion of whether Christians should get tattoos applies to more than just body ink; his principles reveal something deeper about the nature of culture, fads, meaning, and a Christian’s relationship to the world: All the energy in the tattoo industry is coming from the world. This is a thing, it is a… Continue Reading

Conformity to the world

Conformity to the world

Good thoughts from A. W. Tozer: Men are impressed with the message of the Church just as far and as long as she is different from themselves. When she seeks to be like them they no longer respect her. They believe (and rightly) that she is playing false to herself and to them. The moral… Continue Reading

Are NT “World”-related Terms Equivalent to “Culture”?

Are NT “World”-related Terms Equivalent to “Culture”?

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Toward a Biblical Understanding of Culture You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Last time I argued that “race”-related terms in the New Testament cannot be equated with the contemporary idea of “culture.” The second category of NT terms that may indicate a parallel with the contemporary idea of “culture” is words related to the “world order.” These terms include αἰών (aiōn; “age,” “world”) and κόσμος (kosmos; “world”).… Continue Reading

On the suggestion that ‘holy hip hop’ is the new Baroque

On the suggestion that ‘holy hip hop’ is the new Baroque

Anthony Bradley recently submitted a commentary for World magazine publicizing ‘holy hip hop.’ He writes, “If you are looking for theologically saturated Christian music that has the greatest potential for widespread appeal, your best option may be Christian hip-hop.” The first sentence gives away a great deal. First, he missteps in the first clause, for… Continue Reading