Jim Denison, president of the Center for Informed Faith and theologian-in-residence, recently started a new blog that focuses on the interaction between faith and culture. In it, Jim does what he does best — shares news stories of the day and relates them to matters of faith. In the case of his latest blog, he shares news items and commentary that pastors may want to use in their sermons, Sunday School teachers in their lessons or Bible study leaders in their meetings.
As usual from Denison, it’s good stuff. Check out the entire blog by clicking here. For the next couple weeks, I’ll attempt to post at least one Denison’s posts here in this spot as well. I hope you enjoy.
When you hear the phrase “Video Game,” what comes to mind? Probably not the words, “educational opportunity.” But for the people behind a New York school called Quest to Learn, that’s exactly what they see. The School is one of many across the nation seeking to discover whether or not classroom curriculums should include more interactive learning, typically through some sort of computer game or other technology. The thought is that perhaps schools would be better off trying to build on the learning that kids are doing outside of the classroom, rather than competing with it. Early returns have been promising, though more study is needed before such approaches become realistic options.
It’s been said that change is good until it happens, and that the only person who likes change is a wet baby. And yet, effective Christian ministers over the centuries have embraced new methods for sharing the same message. Paul’s outreach to Gentiles was severely criticized (Acts 15). Justin the Martyr’s willingness to use Greek philosophy in sharing Christ with his culture was threatening to some. Martin Luther used hymn tunes of the day to communicate Protestant theology. Charles Fuller used radio; Billy Graham used football stadiums. Jesus never changes (Hebrews 13:8), but the ways we share his love must be as current as the culture we are called to reach.