News, Culture, and Christianity as One Topic

I started a blog! The question, of course, is what do I have to say that you can’t already get elsewhere? Ummmm, probably nothing. But I don’t intend to let that stop me from trying, since I’m more or less obsessed with the topics that I propose to interweave on this blog. Left to my own devices, I could read or argue about current events (news + culture) and/or The Church all day, every day. And since I spend so much time thinking about the news and the church anyway, I’ve decided to begin writing on both. At the same time.

While I was in seminary, professors would invariably begin each semester by asking each student in a given class to tell everyone their name, their academic program, and what interested them. The first few times, I was honest and mentioned my interest in the intersection between news, culture, and Christianity. The blank stares and dismissive mumblings from my esteemed professors rapidly disabused me of my honesty, but the interest remains. And since I’ve seen first-hand that some of the brightest minds in Evangelical Christianity (I wasn’t being sarcastic: I continue to hold my professors in great esteem, even if few of them saw eye-to-eye with me) don’t see any connection between the Christian faith and the events in the news, I’ve started this blog to make my case.

While this is a new undertaking and I reserve the right to change my blogging process as I gain experience, I propose to write two posts per week. One will attempt to give the Christian reader something to think about from recent events, often with a global focus. The other post each week will be part of an ongoing topical series. The first such series will relate to the disconnect between evangelical culture and those beliefs which are normative to evangelicals, a disconnect that I attribute to the way an American cultural shift has translated into the American church (that’s vague, I know, but this isn’t one of those posts, so that’s all I’ll say for now).

So read on, tell your friends, and for the sake of this enterprise, PLEASE COMMENT! I think about these topics whether I have an audience to read them or not, but your comment may challenge someone else to think more deeply about an issue that initially strikes them as little more than a curiosity. It’ll be a lot more fun if these posts can become discussions rather than simple diatribes. So join in!