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Posted by Robin Barfield, 22 Oct 2020

Robin Barfield reviews The Pop Culture Parent: Helping Kids Engage Their World For Christ, by Ted Turnau, Stephen Burnett and Jared Moore.

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Ted Turnau’s earlier work, Popologetics, has been widely used, not least in youth groups, as a Christian way of reading popular culture. It has been incredibly useful for pastors and youth leaders for helping Christians understand the messages of the world (good and bad) as well as for reaching non-Christians. Its downside was that it was unwieldy and more theoretical. It is for these reasons that many who read that work have looked forward to a more user-friendly, local-church level work. And The Pop Culture Parent does not disappoint.

This new work is based around an adapted form of Turnau’s five questions which can be asked of all popular works but seeks to embed these questions in the family at all levels. The five questions are:
1. What is the story?
2. What is the moral and imaginary world?
3. What is good, true, and beautiful in this world (common grace)?
4. What is false and idolatrous in this world?
5. How is Jesus the true answer to this story’s hopes?

The first five chapters of the book spend time arguing the importance and the value of popular works of culture and why parents should engage with their children’s worlds. There is so much helpful material here, combatting both TV as the “third parent” as well as the idea that parenting is about “worldproofing” our children.

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Posted by Chik Kaw Tan, 21 Oct 2020

Chik Kaw Tan explains three ways in which the gospel is an antidote to the sin of racism endemic to our society and our churches.

Because of human sin, there is latent racial and cultural prejudice in every society and every person. It is a worldwide problem, not limited to white Anglo-Saxon people. It is a heart problem, born out of our sin, even though it is often exacerbated by political, historical and socioeconomic factors. Undeniably, there is racism in Britain at every level of society. In Britain, however, there is at least a welcome, and widespread, disapproval of racism. There are necessary laws against racial discrimination. But, of course, racism is far more complex than the easy labels bandied about and ingrained racial bias does not disappear simply because we are told not to do it.

How, then, can we combat racism? We need to recognise these unwanted and unwelcome emotions as they arise, and act against them. No Christian should ever let such ungodly attitudes lodge and thrive in their thinking. We must acknowledge them, confess them, pray for forgiveness, and ask the Holy Spirit to change us. We humbly acknowledge that we are as much a problem to others as we perceive they are to us. The way of Christ is to love others, as Christ loves the world. It is the gospel of Christ which transforms our hearts and our societies.

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Posted 20 Oct 2020

Bishop Keith Sinclair has been announced as the new National Director of the Church of England Evangelical Council.

We are delighted to share the news that CEEC has announced the appointment of the Rt Revd Keith Sinclair, currently Bishop of Birkenhead in the Diocese of Chester, as its National Director.
Bishop Keith’s retirement from the See of Birkenhead in March 2021 was announced earlier this month. He will assume this new role on 27 April 2021, the 100th anniversary of the birth of CEEC’s founder, the late Revd Dr John Stott CBE. Bishop Keith is a Church Society member and spoke at the 2019 Church Society conference, Redeeming Love and Faith. Church Society is a member organisation of CEEC and our Director, Lee Gatiss, is on the CEEC Council.

 

The appointment of a National Director for CEEC represents a significant development in the level of their activities in terms of CEEC’s ability to engage with the issues facing the Church of England from the perspective of evangelical Anglicans who subscribe to the Authority of Scripture and the historic formularies of the Church.

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