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Keeping Current with the Culture

How to study the contemporary world without being shaped by it

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How many of these terms can you identify? Metrosexual. Bennifer. Blogging. G-Unit. Is it hard to stay on top of the constant stream of culture swirling around you? (Metrosexual: a heterosexual who embraces much of homosexual culture; popularized by the wildly successful TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Bennifer: the movie star couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Blogging: a Blog is a web log (an online journal); blogging is using your online journal for the purposes of criticism, which then has extensive influence because web search engines link to them. G-Unit: The band of top-selling rapper 50 Cent.)

If we are to be like the men of Issachar "who understood the times and knew what Israel should do" (1 Chronicles 12:32), we need to study the culture. Here are a few pointers on how to catch the culture in order to bridge the gap from the unchanging gospel to the contemporary world.

Listen to Non-Christian Radio

At least one day a week, don't listen to the local Christian station as you drive around. ...

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Bill White

February 28, 2007  8:20am

Thanks for the comments, Kent. I have since given up Entertainment Weekily, like you gave up Rolling Stone - it's just too raunchy. So now I regularly click through iTunes to see and listen to what is most current, and I use Google or Yahoo to track influential movies. There's still no better source than normal people themselves, though, so it's always a battle for me against my schedule to make sure I'm spending time with those outside the church.

Kent Kessler

February 05, 2007  3:20pm

it is 2007 now...2003 caught my eye as outdated, BUT if it didn't contain the date, I'd never known. I used Rolling Stone magazine about 10 years ago..thought I'd do it again as a cultural net...DON'T DO IT! Even with a spouse helping you sift through, it is still too raunchy (in my opinion) to persuse. BUT you can stop by the local library and flip to the back and find the "TOP" lists of movies, videos, etc. You can do that GOOGLE-ing though too!

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