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Culture Matters 1.22.16

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

1. Abedini Finally Free Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor from Idaho, was released this weekend in a prisoner exchange between Iran and America. Since being imprisoned in 2012, Abedini has been a banner for religious liberty with everyone from Billy Graham to President Obama to the United Nations calling for his release. “We are grateful for the release of Pastor Saeed," stated ...

Evil, Justice and "Making a Murderer"

Author: Kyle WorleyCategory: Culture

Just like the first season of Serial captured the attention of millions by drawing listeners into a captivating story bent on seeking the truth in the midst of a terrible crime, the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer has pulled its audience into a story of crime, corruption, innocence and guilt. The beginning of the show demonstrates how Steven Avery served 18 years in jail for a ...

Culture Matters 1.15.16

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

1. Spiritual Themes at the Movies The Revenant was released this past week by acclaimed director Alejandro Iñárritu, who also directed last year’s Oscar-winning Birdman. Brett McCracken at Christianity Today conducted a great interview with the director on the spiritual themes present in The Revenant and then reviewed the movie, as well. I think that in the world we are ...

Jesus Was a Refugee

Author: JT EnglishCategory: Culture

Try to imagine being on the run, barely escaping a violent ruler with your life. In your hurry to escape, you are forced to leave behind life as you know it. Leaving behind family, friends, relationships and any sense of normalcy, you now have to make your way hundreds of miles across treacherous terrain in order to reach the border that promises safety. Likely, you join a caravan of immigrants ...

Culture Matters 1.8.16

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

1. Gun Control Debates Continue This week, President Obama announced his next steps in the issue of gun control. This has been a widely discussed and debated topic, and Russell Moore published a blog Tuesday addressing the question, “Is Gun Control a Christian Issue?” We should listen, I think, to the rhetoric behind the rhetoric of the gun control debate. Both sides are often ...

Suicide, Gun Violence and the Kingdom of God

Author: Adam HawkinsCategory: Culture

The discordant voices of pundits now blast from the pages of our newspapers and the screens of our TVs as our country tries to make sense of another mass shooting. Immediately, arguments about gun control fly back and forth across social media. Some argue for sensible gun control, saying that stricter laws will still allow folks to hunt game and defend themselves. Others argue that guns ...

Culture Matters 12.18.15

Author: The Village Church

1. Person of the Year German Chancellor Angela Merkel became just the fourth woman to be named Person of the Year by Time magazine since it began giving out the title in 1927. She was a physicist before entering the world of politics in 1990 and has been Chancellor of Germany (the country’s first female Chancellor) for the last 10 years. "It's pretty easily Angela Merkel," [Time ...

Discipled by College Football

Author: Jonathan WoodliefCategory: Culture

The smell of barbecued beef, chicken or hot dogs sizzling hours before that first kick. Grown men collapsing on the floor because of the shanked extra point. The possibility that your team could beat any given team on any given week. A variety of ages and ethnicities, shirtless and bundled, team logos and body paint, all chanting in unison.   To call it an emotional sport would be an ...

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