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Review: The Pop Culture Parent by Ted Turnau, E. Stephen Burnett, and Jared Moore

How do you deal with popular culture in your home? Do you all rush to watch the new series of Agents of Shield? Do you anticipate the reset of Minecraft? When Peppa is a bit rude to her parents, do you point it out? Do you love listening to the creative lyrics in Hamilton with your teens, or ban it because of the explicit language in some songs? Do you comment when the heroine is always stunning, skinny and kick-fighting impossibly in heels? What about when the hero saves the day by laying down his life for others? We need...

What Every Christian Should Know About Netflix

Netflix is a giant in the world of entertainment. They’re the world’ s largest internet television network, with 100 million members in over 190 countries. And I’m one of those members. Lately, however, I’ve been rethinking my membership. No, it’s not because of Ricky Gervais’ recent comments at the golden globes about Netflix replacing Hollywood. There’s another reason why I’m concerned about Netflix. You see, a while ago the CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, tweeted the following: Now, I’ll admit there have been times where I’ve succumbed to the ‘Netflix Binge’ and suffered for it the next day. In the past, I would have...

The (very) Old Cult of the New

I wonder if you have ever heard people talk about how great it is that modern society has finally had the courage to reassess its cultural and religious norms for sex and marriage? Have you ever heard them joke that we made the change and the sky hasn’t fallen in? Have you heard people congratulating themselves for being on the right side of history? If you have, welcome to the 1910s! Statements like that were very commonplace in the post-Nietzschean thought-world at the dawn of the twentieth century. It was the age of  ‘the cult of the new’—the century that...

My Year in Books – Renee Tan (Young Worker Edition)

In 2019, I found myself learning to balance various responsibilities across university, work and church. There were several occasions throughout the year when I experienced the tension of wearing so many different hats. However, as I look back further into previous years, I see that these episodes are increasingly few and far between. I can sincerely thank God for maturing me in wisdom and increasing my ability (and willingness) to remain faithful in whatever role He has called me. The books (and podcast) that I list below have served as useful guides in 2019 as I navigate the challenges of...

My Year in Books – Bill Salier

The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior & Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good, Stephen Garber Probably the most annoyingly written but most stimulating of the books I have read this year. Garber’s interest is in thinking about discipleship over the long haul, especially for young adults.  He explores a simple formula: worldview + mentor + shaping community as he writes about spiritual formation, vocation. I find myself still thinking through several concepts he introduces and discusses at length in these books: taking responsibility for knowledge; how to know the world and love it, rather than...

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