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Music that Writes Culture, Part 3

Now I want to look in detail at the New Year’s carol – Joy to the World.  In the next installments of this blog series we will examine the significance of each stanza for our lives as we enter this New Year. As we have said, this hymn celebrates the

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Music that Writes Culture, Part 2

Like so many young people today, Isaac Watts (1674-1748.) was frustrated with the quality of the hymns at his church.  After one Sunday service, he complained to his father, who challenged Isaac that if he did not like the hymns, he should produce something better.  The next Sunday, at age 18,

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A Call for Evangelicals to Return to Wholistic Ministry: Seeking the Transformation of Both Hearts and Societies

Recently a new friend, Pastor Wayne Wager of Illini Life Christian Fellowship at the University of Illinois, Champaign, sent me a paper he had written entitled The Buses Will Wait: The Emergence and Rise of Neo-Evangelicalism (1940-1970).  His paper explores the history of evangelicals with a focus on the Neo-Evangelical

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Is America a Christian Nation? Part 2 of 2

But it is here that we need to make a distinction.  This is a distinction that most people, including Barack Obama, fail to make.  The distinction is between what we might call ideological pluralism and political/social pluralism. Dictionary.com provides us with several definitions of pluralism.  Two of these definitions can

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New YouTube Videos about Obama, History, & Christianity

Check out www.YouTube.com/VishalMangalwadi in light of Obama’s upcoming inauguration.  Should he swear in on the Bible?  Plus, other interesting thoughts about race, change, merit, and politics.  We think a lot of Vishal’s work, reflections and important cultural insights. -Tim C. Williams  

Is America a Christian Nation? Part 1 of 2

A few weeks ago, our good friend Ana from Brazil sent us a note with a video clip of Barack Obama’s comments on whether the USA was a Christian nation.  The tape, titled Obama and Religion, was from a message that he delivered at the June 28, 2006 keynote speech

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Becoming People of Influence in Order to Shape Our Language, Part 2 of 2

James Davidson Hunter, the William R. Kenan Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, has written a profound book that helps us understand the impact of language on moral development.  In his book, The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age without Good or Evil,

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Paradigm-shifting Lectures

My life is being changed by some really significant paradigm-shifting lectures that you should listen to by Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi. Vishal is an Indian who was fascinated with why the West had developed so well and why other nations remained trapped in poverty. Now he is interested in the current

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