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#FaithandCulture Reading: Blue Collar Work, Smartphones, #BlackLivesMatter, Heaven

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Have we overlooked blue collar workers? How is the culture molding the church? Should we think more about heaven? How are smartphones changing us? And how should we think about #BlackLivesMatter?

Get answers to these questions and more from Bruce Ashford, Bruce Little, Greg Mathias, Lyndsey Medford and Dan Darling in today’s #FaithandCulture Reading.

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Do Blue Collar Workers Fit our Theology of Vocation?

Have we overlooked blue collar workers in our faith and work conversations? In this article at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Dan Darling reminds us that all work — especially blue collar work — is valuable. He writes,

I hope our faith and work theology works for Uncle Jim, not just for the artists and painters and poets. I pray that the postman of the next generation might deliver mail with a bit more bounce in their step, because they know that despite the cultural fascination with white collar work, those who labor in the trenches of our less flashy professions do work as important as anyone else. Read More>>

How Is Today’s Church Being Molded by the Culture?

How is the church being molded by the culture? Southeastern Seminary professor Dr. Bruce Little addresses this question in a video at the Forum of Christian Leaders. Watch Now>>

Too Much Hustle, Too Little Heaven

Perhaps we think too much of our busy lives now, and too little of the eternal life to come, says Dr. Greg Mathias in this article at The Center for Great Commission Studies. He writes,

I write as a white evangelical Christian, a professor of theology and culture, and a political opinion writer who seeks to understand BLM and who thinks we should not engage in a wholesale embrace of BLM, on the one hand, or a sweeping dismissal of it, on the other hand. Read More>>

Smartphones Are Remaking Us in Their Own Image

Over at Fathom Magazine, Lyndsey Medford explains that “looking into a smartphone can feel like falling into another dimension.” She continues,

Then there are the social networks, engineered, re-engineered, tweaked, and calibrated to stimulate pleasure centers in our brains while gathering information on our needs, habits, hopes, and fears. They deliver an isolated experience of a world algorithmically tailored to our own shallowest desires. Read More>>

#BlackLivesMatter (1): Not Your Grandfather’s Civil Rights Movement

Dr. Bruce Ashford has written a series of articles examining the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Here’s the first of the bunch. In it, Ashford writes,

I write as a white evangelical Christian, a professor of theology and culture, and a political opinion writer who seeks to understand BLM and who thinks we should not engage in a wholesale embrace of BLM, on the one hand, or a sweeping dismissal of it, on the other hand. Read More>>

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