Ideas from David Wells: The Courage to be Protestant

In America, personality (being charismatic, glamorous) has replace character (being virtuous). We look to the self for meaning, truth, and fulfillment. This is sin. The result is the loss of meaning and the unmooring of the self from reality, which is the Triune God. Too many churches are trying to sell the gospel through marketing. … Continue reading Ideas from David Wells: The Courage to be Protestant

What is Worldiness?

David Wells described worldliness as that system of values, in any given age, which has at its center our fallen human perspective, which displaces God and his truth from the world, and which makes sin look normal and righteousness seem strange. It thus gives great plausibility to what is morally wrong and, for that reason, … Continue reading What is Worldiness?

Cultural Exegesis

I often tell my students to exegete the Bible, themselves, and their culture. Otherwise, we become worldly and ineffective for ministry. See 1 John 2:15-17; Romans 12:1-2. However, I have never spelled out specifically what exegeting culture involves. I will try. 1. You look for the worldview behind films, songs, art works, and more. This … Continue reading Cultural Exegesis

America Today: 1984 and Brave New World

George Orwell’s novel 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World are each prophetic dystopian works. Both have come true in different ways in these United States. Neil Postman first drew my attention to the differing visions in Amusing Ourselves to Death. Orwell wrote of the omnipotent state–“Big Brother is Watching”–that controls the population from the top down. (C.S. … Continue reading America Today: 1984 and Brave New World