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In Christ & Culture podcast with Drs. Ken Keathley and Benjamin Quinn, we explore how the Christian faith intersects all avenues of today’s culture through conversations with leading thinkers.
Today’s Episode: Thousands of voices fight for our attention every day, including everything from cat videos and clickbait to cable news and cultural commentary. How should a Christian engage media? Is there a distinctly Christian way to consume the news? Dr. Jeffrey Bilbro joins us to discuss his book, Reading the Times: A Literary and Theological Inquiry into the News. Plus, Drs. Keathley and Quinn reflect on how Fall spurs us to worship our Creator, and pastor Jeff Mingee urges us to consider how technology is changing us.
- Dr. Bilbro’s book is Reading the Times: A Literary and Theological Inquiry into the News (IVP Academic, 2021).
- Read our review of the book: How Should Christians Consume the News? A Review of ‘Reading the Times’ by Jeffrey Bilbro
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We might need to withdraw from the noise of the moment in order to spend more time soaking in, meditating on the things that matter.Click to tweet
Highlights from the Episode:
- On Thoreau’s quote, “Read not the times. Read the eternities.”
“We might need to withdraw from the noise of the moment in order to spend more time soaking in, meditating on the things that matter. That should be a familiar posture to Christians… The first step I guess is to try to withdraw to some extent and be anchored in what matters. But that’s not a head-in-the-sand, ignoring what’s going on around us posture, but it’s necessary to have a redemptive perspective on what’s happening and respond with wisdom instead of participating mindlessly in the noise of the moment.”
- How can we “eat the fish and spit the bones”?
“Part of this comes back to: What kind of community are we rooted in? I think a lot of the disfunction we see in social media and the broader media ecosystem comes from people engaging and looking for community there who don’t really belong anywhere else…. Online community might be an okay supplement, but it’s not a very rich, formative, healthy environment to have your identity shaped.”