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#FaithandCulture Reading: The Joker, Mommy Guilt, Engaging Culture from Ahead

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In today’s #FaithandCulture Reading, we cull a brief list of some of our favorite articles of the week. Today, we highlight articles from Samuel James, K. B. Hoyle, Christina Fox, Brian Autry and Matthew Hirt.


Engaging Culture from Ahead, not Behind

Samuel James proposes an alternative way to engage culture — from ahead, not behind. He writes at Letter & Liturgy,

Engaging culture from ahead begins with a careful posture of learning and discernment. It prioritizes life and death rather than language and signaling. And it seeks to speak into a specific need rather than a news cycle. It’s not as lucrative, and it’s frankly not as easy. But it’s obedient.

Dancing with Milton’s Satan: The Joker and a Fascination with Evil

At Christ and Pop Culture, K. B. Hoyle explores our cultural fascination with the Batman villain the Joker. Here’s an excerpt of her powerful article:

The only things that fascinate us are those things that, deep down, we harbor an affection for. This is what makes Ledger’s and Phoenix’s Jokers so dangerous.

When Mommy Guilt Threatens to Crush You

Over at The Gospel Coalition, Christina Fox describes “mommy guilt” and points to the solution of gospel grace. She writes,

I’ve felt angry at myself for missing things I should have caught. I’ve bemoaned the weaknesses and insufficiencies that have kept me from meeting my children’s needs at all times and in all places.
These feelings are called mommy guilt, and it’s something all mothers experience.

From our Sister Blogs

Intersect serves as the blog of the Center for Faith and Culture (CFC) at Southeastern Seminary (SEBTS). Take a few minutes to look at recent posts from our sister Centers:

  • No Small Suggestion
    Brian Autry: “The more I have gotten to know and see the impact churches have by working together in this Cooperative Partnership for the Gospel, the more I believe churches don’t give TO but give THROUGH the Cooperative Program.”
  • Discipling Children Toward Missions
    Matthew Hirt: “One of the responsibilities we have in discipling children toward missions is helping them live missionally where they are right now.”

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