Every Friday, you get a recap of what others are saying about the intersection of faith and culture, work, economics and public life. Happy reading (and listening) this weekend, and merry Christmas!
The latest Star Wars film hits theaters this weekend. If you’re like me and you spend way too much time overanalyzing movies, you’ll enjoy this read by Peter Jones.
The appearance of a new episode of the Star Wars film series is an important moment for Christian witness. To be sure, we can shrug our shoulders, since Star Wars is old news. Or we can enthusiastically introduce our grandchildren to what we might think is a beloved, harmless yarn. Or we can—and should—discover in the series an occasion to sharpen our presentation of the gospel message and help our children and grandchildren, and anyone else who might be interested, to understand the culture in which they live.
Work can be miserable; we’ve all experienced it. This brief article observes that Christianity offers the best explanation why work is so tough:
I’m not sure any other faith, including a secular naturalism, can provide an adequate explanation for our frustration with work.
Christmastime is near. If you’re looking for some books to put on your wish-list, we recommend Bruce Ashford’s Every Square Inch. If you already own that one, The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics has a few suggestions.
Speaking of books, Christianity Today published their annual list of “books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture.” Russell Moore‘s new book Onward: Engaging Culture without Losing the Gospel won “Beautiful Orthodoxy” book of the year.
Tweets of the Week
If you won’t stand up for religious liberty for everyone, stop talking about religious liberty. And sure stop raising money off of it.
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) December 15, 2015
The gospel does not merely answer the culture’s questions. It also creates a culture of its own that leads to other fundamental questions.
— Trevin Wax (@TrevinWax) December 18, 2015
– “Human beings were put on the planet to depend upon… and to worship their Creator at every point in every sphere of culture.” @JohnPiper
— Walter Strickland (@w_strickland) December 17, 2015
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