Category Archives: Culture

The Desolation of Cultural Smog

by Kirk Spencer I recently heard a preaching talking about how Christians must “breathe” the cultural smog. It is true that the mass media has created a smutty atmosphere as of late, however, for some reason, the metaphor made me think … Continue reading

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Blessed Insurance

by Kirk Spencer Did you hear about the “victory lap” celebration in the Rose Garden? On April Fool’s Day of all days. There was much handclapping because 7.1 million people signed up for health insurance. It was a standing O … Continue reading

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Holywood (Part 1): Noah before the Opening Flood

by Kirk Spencer In recent weeks, several God movies were in the top ten at the box office this week (Son of God, God is not Dead, and Noah)… and another is “coming soon” (Exodus). It seems that Hollywood is becoming a little … Continue reading

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Judas Kiss

by Kirk Spencer “Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But … Continue reading

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The War on Poverty and Income Inequality: Between Downtown and the Dump

by Kirk Spencer In the summer of 2001, I visited the Philippines. My first day in Manila was spent with the children that roam the streets and tin shanties, along the banks of muddy drainage channels. Their faces were dirty … Continue reading

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What Does Coke Mean by “America is Beautiful”?

by Joe Wooddell I don’t know about you, but I was surprised to see Seattle pull out such an amazing win. Congratulations to them. The commercials during the Super Bowl are always interesting, and this year was no different. (The … Continue reading

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What if G. K. Chesterton Tweeted?

by Kirk Spencer I know there was no Twitter around when G.K. Chesterton was around… But if there were, I’m sure these tweets would be legit: If there were no God, there would be no atheists[1]#EvolutionaryNotRevolutionaryEnough  Progress is Providence without … Continue reading

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The Deadly Disease of Affluenza

by Kirk Spencer If influenza is a disease of the respiratory system, then affluenza is a “disease” of the socio-economic system.[1] It begins with bounding ambition which progresses through a series of symptoms, including conspicuous consumption, wasteful spending, excessive debt, … Continue reading

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Saved from Hell or Sin?

by Josh Crutchfield, Pastor of FBC Trenton,  Texas In 1974, Pastor Estus W. Pirkle created a film entitled The Burning Hell.  This film was circulated throughout many churches in the U.S. and around the world, with the sole purpose of … Continue reading

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Somewhere Softer and Safer

by Kirk Spencer The other night, I was checking doors before I went to bed. All the doors were locked and the lights were off. I made my way through the dark house, to each bedroom to check on my … Continue reading

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