Christians Engaging Culture is an initiative of St Thomas’ Anglican Church, North Sydney. They produce and compile podcasts to equip Christians to give faithful answers in everyday cultural conversations and to turn those conversations to the gospel. Take a look here.
Are you discontent at work? Is your job the problem or are you? In this article, Teena Dare at The Gospel Coalition provides a biblical background and some helpful tips for you to answer this question. Full of great advice! Read it here.
(The Thorns and Thistles column of The Gospel Coalition has a specific emphasis on the workplace and economics. You can see other great articles from them here.)
I was a passenger on a flight recently and found two curious new shows on the In-flight Entertainment. Both these series each have God as the main character.
The first is “Miracle Workers“, a project by actor Steve Buscemi starring himself and Daniel Radcliffe from Harry Potter. Buscemi plays God, who has become so fed up with all the problems on earth that he has determined to blow it up. Radcliffe plays a loner who works in heaven in the Department of Answered Prayers and he and a colleague make a deal with God that if they can answer an “Impossible Prayer” within two weeks then God will spare the planet. If they fail, Earth is doomed. God is so sure of the outcome that he already begins planning his next “project”: a floating restaurant called “Lazy Susans” (!)
Of course the portrayal of God is not 100% biblically accurate. But it’s not all wrong either. There are some wonderful moments where God’s goodness and concern for people come out.
The second series is “God Friended Me“.
Miles Finer is an atheist podcaster gaining popularity and on his way to success. His show preaches atheism and (to his pastor father’s dismay) Miles has zero interest or belief in the supernatural. One day he receives a Facebook friend request from “God”. When he eventually relents and accepts the request, “The God Account” starts sending him friend suggestions. They turn out to be people in desperate need of help and the connections and coincidences are too uncanny to dismiss.
God Friended Me is a real feel-good show and also portrays God in an overall positive manner.
If you are on a flight sometime be sure to check them out. They are also available on iTunes and could be a useful way to generate discussion with friends, and enjoy a laugh at the same time.
This brilliant article by Brett McCracken on The Gospel Coalition site gives much needed advice about the increase of anger in our generation and how we need to control our social media habits to restrain it. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/anger-overload-digital-age/
This article by Al Stewart from City Bible Forum in Sydney is a must-read. In a culture where our lack of time is a regular complaint, Al shows us a better way to approach life.