Saturday, December 13, 2008

Dorothy Rabinowitz takes on Deepak Chopra

Watch this video first. Then read the article at the end of this post.

Pulitzer prize winner, Ms. Rabinowitz, nails the present journalistic discourse on the head. The senseless pity on perpetrators of crimes rather than on victims is something that has been called out again and again as a problem in media discourse. The endless blame on causes unrelated to ideas and religion is classic secular diagnosis. The pandering to celebrities who know less than experts (though treated as experts) is far more embarrassing to American popular culture than any war on terrorism.

Now read, Ms. Rabinowitz article. She's clear and punches to the point. This kind of dialog needs to happen more. And you get to be a "Culturally Savvy Christian," as Dick Staub puts it, and be alert to the language the 'sophisticated' world is talking. Awareness of the problem is half the battle.

Deepak Blames America

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A New Kind of Apologetics

At the NYWC in Sacramento, I gave a seminar on "A New Kind of Apologetics: Emerging Questions of Today's Youth."

First, I'm encoraged that YS is bold enough to get outside the box and let me give a seminar on this.

Second, I've was very encouraged by the response as I was unsure how some of my ideas would be received by the average youth worker (which we all know are not 'average'!). There's a real hunger to take apologetics in a more "human" direction. We're delighted Soulation is helping lead the way with that. highlighted my talk on their blog today. You can check it and download the talk as an mp3 to listen to while you're about the house, at work, or going for a drive. I think you'll find it encouraging, funny, and expanding your own vision of reaching, not only youth, but leaders and neighbors as well.

Here's the post.