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CULTURE WATCH: Life Long Learning

CULTURE WATCH: Life Long Learning

Life Long Learning By Wendell Cantrell Many of us are in professions where continuing education is mandated by law and essential for keeping up with the latest trends and techniques that we need to stay current with our work skills. The very idea of closing the books, avoiding educational websites, and skipping training meetings is […]

CULTURE WATCH: Birth Dearth Revisited

CULTURE WATCH: Birth Dearth Revisited

Birth Dearth Revisited By Wendell Cantrell In a recent Culture Watch we looked at a current trend of more pets and less kids, much to the Pope’s chagrin.1 After visiting this interesting trend that is leading to our demographic demise, I thought we needed to probe a bit further into this childless world that our […]

CULTURE WATCH: Mindlessness Matters

CULTURE WATCH: Mindlessness Matters

Mindlessness Matters By Wendell Cantrell A topic you will hear addressed frequently by Culture Watch is the persistent call for every believer to renew their mind and learn to think Christianly. Our theme passage is Romans 12:2; “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind….” The […]

CULTURE WATCH: Seven Signs We May Be Worshiping Our Pets

CULTURE WATCH: Seven Signs We May Be Worshiping Our Pets

Seven Signs We May Be Worshiping Our Pets By Wendell Cantrell I recently read an intriguing article warning that some of us seem to be worshiping our family. This topic renewed my interest in revisiting the topic of pet idolatry. My favorite periodical, World Magazine,1 addressed the issue of pet idolatry a couple of years […]

CULTURE WATCH: Religious Freedom Revisited

CULTURE WATCH: Religious Freedom Revisited

Religious Freedom Revisited By Wendell Cantrell This time three years ago (Sept- Dec 2011), Culture Watch published a series on religious freedom. There had been some troubling developments that we felt you needed to be aware of. We are revisiting the topic again this month for two reasons. First, there have been more signs that […]

CULTURE WATCH: Patriotism and the Church

CULTURE WATCH: Patriotism and the Church

Patriotism and the Church By Wendell Cantrell Do you consider yourself to be a patriot? This isn’t a topic you hear discussed much these days. A patriot has a love and devotion for his/her country and a concern for its defense. The baby boomer generation grew up hearing this term a lot as it related […]

CULTURE WATCH: Gluttony

CULTURE WATCH: Gluttony

Gluttony By Wendell Cantrell Culture Watch delights in addressing issues that we are often too quiet and complacent about. Two years ago we addressed Faith and Fitness1 and discussed how the church is doing as far as dietary control and basic physical fitness. This month we will focus in on a tactic of our Adversary […]

CULTURE WATCH: Bye Bye Books

CULTURE WATCH: Bye Bye Books

Bye Bye Books By Wendell Cantrell A collector of rare books ran into a friend who told him about throwing away a dusty old Bible that he had found in a relative’s old storage box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody was the name of the printer. The collector gasped, “Surely it wasn’t THE Gutenberg, […]

CULTURE WATCH: Generosity – The Good and the Bad News

CULTURE WATCH: Generosity - The Good and the Bad News

Generosity – The Good and the Bad News By Wendell Cantrell                 What do you think is happening to giving levels in the average evangelical church today? If your answer is “trending downward,” you are right on. According to Empty Tomb, a Christian research group, church giving reached a new […]

CULTURE WATCH: Gambling- Up Close and Personal

CULTURE WATCH: Gambling- Up Close and Personal

Gambling Part 2 – Up Close and Personal By Wendell Cantrell The previous gambling article closed out with a caution against silence and complacency. Some of our key culture watchers1 are wondering why Christians are so silent on this issue. Thankfully, groups like the Southern Baptist Convention and National Evangelical Association have adopted resolutions voicing […]

CULTURE WATCH: Gambling- What’s the Problem?

CULTURE WATCH: Gambling- What’s the Problem?

  Gambling- What’s the Problem?   By Wendell Cantrell Put your counselor hat on for a moment and help me answer the following question:   I play poker with my friends once a week. I really enjoy the game, just like I enjoy soccer, basketball or football. I’m not addicted to gambling. It’s just a […]

CULTURE WATCH: Opening Pandora’s Box. We Can, but Should We?

CULTURE WATCH: Opening Pandora's Box. We Can, but Should We?

Opening Pandora’s Box. We Can, but Should We? By Wendell Cantrell Can you handle another brief story from Greek mythology?  In the early days of mankind, there was a couple named Epimetheus and his wife, Pandora. They were given a box by a disguised Zeus, with specific instructions not to open it. Like so many […]

CULTURE WATCH: Selfie Mania

CULTURE WATCH: Selfie Mania

Selfie Mania By Wendell Cantrell Are you ready to learn a couple of new words this month? If you know them both, you are a prudent trend watcher. The first word is selfie. It is defined as a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically taken with a smart phone or webcam and uploaded […]

CULTURE WATCH: Convictions – They Will Get You Fired!

CULTURE WATCH: Convictions - They Will Get You Fired!

Convictions They Will Get You Fired! By Wendell Cantrell What would you do if you were being forced to compromise your religious convictions in your profession? There was a day when this would be a purely hypothetical question. In today’s workplace, it’s a real-life decision folks are having to make – and the cost for […]

CULTURE WATCH: Gender and Sex – Are They Different?

CULTURE WATCH: Gender and Sex - Are They Different?

Gender and Sex Are They Different? By Wendell Cantrell To say there is some confusion over this would be a huge understatement. A real life situation brings the issue into focus. Bobby, a seven-year-old Colorado boy, is wearing dresses, identifies himself as a girl, and wants to join the local Girl Scouts’ troop. The troop […]

CULTURE WATCH: Fighting the Good War (3 of 3)

CULTURE WATCH: Fighting the Good War (3 of 3)

Fighting The Good War Part 3 Silence in the Church By Wendell Cantrell Why has the church as a whole been so quiet on the abortion front?  In this final issue on the topic of abortion, we will explore the roots of this silence. We will look at three causes: uberpoliteness, the rationalizing down of […]

CULTURE WATCH: Fighting the Good War (2 of 3)

CULTURE WATCH: Fighting the Good War (2 of 3)

Fighting The Good War Part 2 By Guest Author Kayla Deniston Jesus told His disciples that “if you abide in My word … you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” This is the key principle behind the ministry of the Woman to Woman (W2W) Pregnancy Resource Center. Often women facing […]

CULTURE WATCH: Fighting the Good War

CULTURE WATCH: Fighting the Good War

Fighting The Good War By Wendell Cantrell The pro-life movement seems to be gaining instead of suffering from the current neglect from mainstream media. When it comes to moral battles, gay marriage or gender definition issues are a lot more likely to get the coverage both in TV and print. Charmaine Yoest, of Americans United […]

CULTURE WATCH: The Impact of Toxic Ideas (3 of 3)

CULTURE WATCH: The Impact of Toxic Ideas (3 of 3)

Losing Our Minds By Wendell Cantrell Another toxic idea that is undermining our minds, in our culture and in our churches, is the idea of consumerism. This ideology believes that our happiness is promoted and sustained through consumption and enjoyment of material goods. Our country has refined this ideology to a degree that is unimaginable […]

CULTURE WATCH: The Impact of Toxic Ideas (2 of 3)

CULTURE WATCH: The Impact of Toxic Ideas (2 of 3)

Losing Our Minds By Wendell Cantrell Last month we began to look at weapons in the adversary’s arsenal that can poison the Christian mind.1 We examined the “newer is better” trend that is so pervasive in our culture. We learned a new word describing this tactic of Satan – neophilia. We will now look at […]