What’s so important about culture?

For three years I lived in New Orleans. Now that’s a place that has a distinct culture! Monday in the Big Easy is wash day and with it comes red beans and rice. You don’t shop there; you “make groceries.” New Orleans is a city know for it’s food, music, history, and, of course, Mardi Gras. That’s culture! And while your community may not be as flamboyant as New Orleans, it has a culture, too. So does your home. So does your church. Culture is like air. When it’s taken away or changed, you notice. Culture is what is natural and normal in your environment. It is the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, architecture, habits, behaviors, and values that color the world around you. Culture dictates the way things are.

James Davison Hunter describes culture as “made up of the accumulation of values held by the majority of people and the choices made on the basis of those values” (To Change the World, Oxford University Press, 2010, p. 6). [Read more…]

Why you should read this blog

There are almost 165 Million blogs on the internet. Now I’ve added one more. So, why should you read this blog? Here are some possible reasons:

  1. You’re my wife or my mom. (Thanks, ladies!)
  2. You’re a friend (I owe you all lunch).
  3. You’re a student who may take a class I’m teaching (mentioning you read a prof’s blog is the 21st century equivalent to bringing him an apple). OR
  4. You’re interested in learning more about being a disciple who makes disciples.

I have decided to come out of a long hiatus from blogging because I believe God has given me some things to say that you need to hear (and hopefully you will want to hear). [Read more…]