Articles on Culture

Sometimes we struggle to see how tense cultural issues matter to our everyday lives. But it’s increasingly difficult to avoid these cultural debates. For example, a young mom, may not pay close attention to LGBTQ issues—until she takes her children to the playground,... Continue...

It all began with a call from a local mechanic to my friend, Lucy. A Muslim woman from Tanzania was returning from delivering donations to a refugee family. Her tire blew on her way home. Once her mechanic arrived to... Continue...

We are a society of advocates. Scroll anyone’s Facebook page, and you are likely to find passionate posts about a variety of causes. We wear pink bracelets, pin on yellow ribbons and hammer out (or comment on) passionate blog posts.... Continue...

Christmas is the most widely observed cultural holiday in the world—and one with the most variety of customs and traditions. Here are five facts about common customs you should know about: 1. Christmas trees – The tradition of bringing an... Continue...

As our country continues down an unprecedented and uncertain path, so many of us find our desire to discuss and debate recent events, and their immense significance, growing greatly. Social media conveniently provides a place for such conversations, but it... Continue...

My friend Rod Dreher has put forward an important observation and queryabout the cohesiveness and difference in moral convictions between evangelical Protestants and Catholics on matters related to culture war issues like abortion and homosexuality: Here’s something I have never figured... Continue...

The gates of hell will not prevail against the church, but lawsuits can be awfully expensive, distracting, and even detrimental to the work of a local congregation. A little over one year ago, on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court... Continue...

At 16, I led our church’s youth group worship team on guitar and vocals. We played most of the same songs that were performed during the Sunday service, but I gave them new arrangements to better appeal to the 20 or... Continue...

If a horrific act of murder happens somewhere in the world, but you don’t blog within minutes about it, or tweet about "what it all means," do you still care? Since a man (I won’t name him. It’s a scandal that we... Continue...

American society is becoming increasingly diverse. As that happens, the public square becomes a crowded, and sometimes hostile, place. At times it seems there is no longer room for meaningful public debate. But is there a way forward? Recently, I... Continue...