Finding the Story Behind the Story

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Every story, whether in movie or music, has a story behind the story. I’ve learned a lot about this from the work of my friend Mike Cosper, who I’ve interviewed several times. Another voice is Kevin Harvey, who has written a new book, All You Want to Know about The Bible in Pop Culture: helping Christians see gospel themes in pop culture. This doesn’t have to be in a ham-handed way, but in a redemptive way, tracing the thin lines of the big Gospel story in the stories we tell ourselves.

I had the chance to interview Kevin this week for Leadership Journal. Here is one of the questions I asked him:

Sometimes Christian themes are overt, sometimes they are subtle. What motivates otherwise secular artists, filmakers, and songwriters to include Christian themes?

Just like the psalmists in the Bible were simply communicating to God, sharing their hearts through their art, today’s writers are doing the same thing. If you want to know what is on someone’s mind, look at their art. Look for what they’re writing, not just saying. But beyond what they are intentionally communicating, a secular artist, whether he believes it or not, has been created by God, made in his image, and has a hole in his heart that can only be filled by a relationship with his creator. I believe that perhaps without being able to connect all the dots, a writer recognizes the need for redemption, grace, and forgiveness in each of our lives. He realizes that we cannot save ourselves and that some things in life can only be explained through supernatural means. Themes such as sacrificial love and forgiving the unforgivable hit home with everyone, because we were created with a need for them in our lives.

Read the rest of the interview here:

The Way Home – Episode 19 featuring Charles Stone

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When you are thinking of Christian leadership, rarely does brain science come to mind, but my friend Charles Stone says it should. Charles, besides being a popular author and pastor, has done extensive research on neuroscience. His findings are interesting and affect the way we think about spiritual leadership. He joins me today on the podcast to talk about his book Brain-Savvy Leaders: The Science of Significant Ministry. You’ll enjoy this conversation. Charles Stone is an old friend who, like me, once pastored in the Chicago area. He’s currently the senior pastor of West Park Church in Ontario, Canada.


Listen to this week’s episode of The Way Home

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Show Notes

If you are planning on being at the Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus, I want to encourage you to stop by our booth where we will have many free resources to give away. You will also want to make plans to attend a special FREE event we are doing on Monday, June 15th at the convention with 9 Marks Ministries on Connecting Church and Culture. This will be a really cool event, with Dr. Mark Dever and Dr. Russell Moore taking questions on church and culture.

August 5 is our second annual National Conference. Our theme this year will be “The Gospel and Politics” Dr. Russell Moore and other evangelical leaders such as Samuel Rodriguez, Ross Douthat, Michael Gerson, David Platt and others will be discussing what Christian cultural engagement should look like especially as we head into another heated Presidential election. When you register put the coupon code: WAYHOME and get a special 15% discount.

What The Stories We Consume Say About Us

Have you ever watched a good movie, read a good book, or heard a popular song and wondered, “What is this saying?” This is the questions we should ask when we consume media. What questions are being asked by this particular piece of pop culture and what answers does the gospel offer?

One of the best discerners of culture is my friend Mike Cosper, pastor of Worship at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY. I had the chance recently to sit down for a video chat:

The Way Home – Episode 18 featuring Jeff Goins

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Excited to feature my friend Jeff Goins on the podcast. Jeff is a prolific author and blogger. Jeff has helped many people improve their writing and think through their calling from a Christian perspective. My discussion with Jeff focused on the craft of writing, finding your calling, and why art and work are not mutually exclusive.


Listen to this week’s episode of The Way Home

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Show Notes

On the podcast I mentioned a couple of exciting things. First, if you are at the SBC, don’t miss our special free event with 9 Marks Ministries on Monday, June 15th. Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church and Russell Moore, President of ERLC, will discuss “Connecting the Church and Culture.”

I also encourage you to check out our second annual National Conference. Our theme this year will be “The Gospel and Politics” Dr. Russell Moore and other evangelical leaders such as Samuel Rodriguez, Ross Douthat, Michael Gerson, David Platt and others will be discussing what Christian cultural engagement should look like especially as we head into another heated Presidential election. When you register put the coupon code: WAYHOME and get a special 15% discount.

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