Saturday, February 04, 2006

Ministry: January Book Review.

"Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture" is a book written by William Romanowski (not the insane ex-football player, but a professor from Calvin College). My mom gave me this book for Christmas and the title intrigued me, so I read it. The first chapter is titled "Christians who drink beer". That was catchy enough, but the contents were very interesting. He basically laid out the stats about Christians living no differently than non-Christians.Whether its movies, tv shows or alcohol consumption, for the most part we live in and of this culture. In another chapter he challenged Christians to be in this culture, but to use our giftedness for the glory of God. He points back to creation and the fact that God is and was creative and we should be the same because we are made in His image. Romanoski suggests that
"faith should serve as the context for artistic engagement; it is not the subject matter that makes a popular artwork Christian but the perspective that is brought to bear on the subject."
Some interesting thoughts from an interesting read. If you are into the pop culture thing and you happen to be a Christian, read it, you'll enjoy it.


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