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Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, “Men andbrethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, youwhitewashed wall!…
Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things arenoble, whatever things arejust, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there isany virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. Philippians 4.8 Where cultural judgment must begin These words…
And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all… 1 Thessalonians 3.12 Some obvious examples We have seen that the end of culture, the reason God has given gifts of culture to human beings, is so that His presence and character of…
Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters. Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called. 1 Corinthians 7.19, 20 The Law of love If you have been paying attention during this series, you will note that…
You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, Even fromthe rebellious, That the LORD God might dwell there. Psalm 68.18 God in the gifts This Old Testament text is extremely important, because it establishes a course or trajectory, as well as divine expectations,…
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. Galatians 5.6 Sound the alarm? In recent months many Christians have begun to express heightened concern over the state of American culture. Words like “degraded”, “debased,” and “decadent” fill the Christian blogosphere, and calls for…
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living! Psalm 27.13 Culture for the glory of God We have seen that culture is a gift from God, an indispensable resource for bringing fullness and blessing into…
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10.31 Engaging culture The idea of redeeming culture can be somewhat daunting. We may perhaps think of culture in terms that are so broad and complex that the idea of changing…
“Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORDscattered them from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Genesis 11.7, 8 A name for themselves The episode of the Tower of…
And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son – Enoch. Genesis 4.17 Something culturally wrong Human beings are made for culture. They take to it like ducks to water.…
Therefore He says, “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And He gave gifts to men.” Ephesians 4.8 Gifts for every situation Two aspects to Paul’s use of this quote from Psalm 68.18 I find fascinating, and they relate to how we should understand culture and its use.
The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. Genesis 2.15 Creatures of culture Human beings are creatures of culture. There’s just no escaping the fact.
For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea and foras many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attainingto all the riches of the full assurance…
For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea and foras many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attainingto all the riches of the full assurance…
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave itto them saying, “This is My body, which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Luke 22.19 Cultural innovators From the beginning of the Christian movement, the followers of Jesus Christ have blazed new trails in…

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