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A Powerful Resource for Creating Godly Culture

Ken Myers promotes creating godly cultureHere at the Disciple Nations Alliance we are fans of Ken Myers and his Mars Hill Audio Journal. Ken helps us understand what it means to live Coram Deo in our deeply secular 21st-century world. Many Christians live in the sacred-secular divide which leaves them in one of two unacceptable positions: on the one hand, simply criticizing, or on the other, unintentionally accommodating the accepted norms of the dominant culture. But, as Nancy Pearcey has said, we must move beyond criticizing and accommodating secular culture. We must thoughtfully and intentionally begin to create Kingdom culture.

The best way to drive out a bad worldview is by offering a good one, and Christians need to move beyond criticizing culture to creating culture. That is the task God originally created humans to do and in the process of sanctification we are meant to recover that task … in every calling we are culture-creators, offering up our work as service to God.

This is nothing less than God’s command to mankind in the Garden of Eden, later reaffirmed in the Great Commission. This is what Ken Myers helps us see. He’s on a quest to discern what is good, true, and beautiful from the vantage point of God’s Word. His thoughtful essays and interviews with artists, scholars, and culture-shapers helps us take our blinders off, to begin to see how we have unwittingly been shaped by the corrosive secularism that surrounds us.

In a recent biographical essay on Ken Myers, Weekly Standard writer Andrew Ferguson quotes Ken:

I’ve always thought that beautiful art was a great apologetic resource … “Beauty is the chief attribute of God,” said Jonathan Edwards. Beauty points to a Creator. Yet the church capitulates more and more to the culture of entertainment. It’s a way of keeping market share. But they’re digging their own grave. There’s a short-term benefit, but in the long term the kinds of cultural resources they need to be faithful to the Gospel won’t be there.

Ferguson then goes on to say,

The indifference among conservatives toward beauty and order… ​shows how deeply they have imbibed the relativism and subjectivism of the culture in which they live and move and have their being. Myers likes to use the term “emotivism,” taken from the philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre. Emotivism is a handy tag for the secular dogma that all judgments of value are merely expressions of private emotion and taste, telling us nothing about the world as it is and not defensible on objective grounds. Along with everyone else, conservatives and Christians are uncomfortable with a hierarchy of aesthetic judgments. They have come to believe that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder; it’s not a quality inherent in things themselves but a matter of opinion.

Read the whole article here: Pop Goes the Culture

– Darrow Miller

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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).