Why is Star Wars so popular?
Jared Belcher & Matt Shillington
The 7th movie in the Star Wars saga is about to hit theaters and the movie promotion is in full swing. Star Wars stuff is everywhere. Unlike perhaps any other media franchise, Star Wars enjoys a fanbase that transcends all genders, ages, backgrounds, and incomes. What is it about these particular movies that make them so popular? Jared Belcher and Matt Shillington consider a few possible explanations in this light-hearted episode.
When Christians think of “The war on Christmas,” we usually think of cashiers wishing us a generic happy holidays or nativity scenes being removed from schools. There is a war on Christmas, but in truth, it’s happening more in our homes than in our schools. In this episode, we discuss five ways to stay focused on what matters this Christmas.
Turn on many radio stations this summer and you're likely to hear Luke Bryan's wildly popular hit "Most People are Good." The country/pop song is upbeat, catchy, and presents a feel-good message about how people are inherently good. In a world fraught with division, this message is nice to think about! But is Luke Bryan right? Are most people good?
What can we learn from an animated movie about a superhero family? More than you might think!
The term "politically correct," meaning language that avoids offending anyone, is often used derogatorily. In our highly divisive political culture, should Christians worry about getting along well with people of different beliefs? Should Christians be "politically correct"? That's our question today in one of our longest episodes ever.
Do you ever notice how difficult it is to publicly like the thing that everyone else seems to hate? Hating is very in. We live in a rage culture were it seems like everyone is "anti" something. Sometimes that makes sense - anti-bullying, anti-drug, anti-racism - but what does it mean to be FOR something? If we're anti-racism, are we FOR diversity and cultural respect, and do our actions reflect that? Being for something is much more difficult and involved than being against something. As Arrowhead Church prepares a new campaign for missional living, we consider why it's easier to be against than far.
Rob Smith at Desiring God brought up a good point - in this age, we are often asking “Can we do this?” Before we ask “Should we do this?” In the Netflix show, "Black Mirror," different visions of the future are presented to consider how the way we currently use technology could lead to some very dark places. We continue our discussion on technology against the backdrop of Netflix's dystopian show.
Many of us feel like we watch too much TV, or spend too much time on Instagram, or feel too anxious when we're without our phone - compulsive use of technology can be not only unhealthy, but positively draining. Last year, Andy Crouch published a helpful book called, "The Tech-Wise Family," which explained how to use technology in a healthy way. Today, using Andy Crouch's book as a spring board, we dissect 6 ways to keep technology in it's proper place.
Ever been invited to a party for a product? Then you've heard of Multi-Level Marketing. Multi-Level Marketing, or MLM, is a popular form of business where everyday people are the distributors for a company's products. Makeup, vitamins, essential oils, baskets, kitchenware, and a hundred others, MLMs are extremely popular, especially among women and especially in American churches. Whether you're a buyer or seller, sometimes, MLMs can lead to problems between friends. Should we avoid MLMs? Should we go to the parties? In this episode, we talk about where MLMs can create challenges and how we can all navigate them.
This week we are discussing a podcast recently published by Immanuel Nashville and providing our feedback. The podcast discusses what Pastor Ray Ortlund and Assistant Pastor T.J. Tims thoughts on the real problem within our culture of Christianity.
Worship style can be a contentious subject between Christians and different church circles. Some have choirs, others have drum kits. Our worship leader, Jonathan Shockley, joins us as a guest to share his thoughts.