Cultural and Social Issues

Cultural and Social Issues

Learn to navigate some of the most divisive issues of our culture from God's perspective: ethical dilemmas, gender issues in the church, social justice, racial reconciliation, politics, adoption, care for the poor, prison ministry, human dignity, creation care, and the pressures of materialism, consumerism and comparison.

Living out your faith in the face of these challenges is hard enough, but if you are leading others, the challenge is so much the greater. Make sure your soul is fed and your strength and courage are built up so you are equipped to lead through tough situations. Delve into topics like protecting yourself, becoming emotionally healthy, maximizing your influence, making decisions, discovering your identity, and bearing the burden of people's pain.

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Cultural and Social Issues
  • 2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity (John C. Lennox)

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    You don't have to be a computer scientist to have discerning conversations about artificial intelligence and technology. We all wonder where we're headed. Even now, technological innovations and machine learning have a daily impact on our lives, and many of us see good reasons to dread the future...

  • A Burning House (Brandon Washington)

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    American Evangelicalism is ablaze. Doctrinal identity unites black and white evangelicals, but divisions along ethnic and cultural lines have long tarnished the movement's witness. With desegregation on the horizon, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I've come to believe that we are integrating into a...

  • Better Together (Danielle Strickland)

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    Have you considered your own gender versus the opposite in a defensive way? If we are honest, we all have. We are only as strong as our understanding of our differences—and they are many and varied. But we were not created alone, or separately. We were in fact created of and from and in the image...

  • Black History Month (Elijah McDavid III)

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    Why do we choose the problems and patterns of our past instead of the freedom that God has called us into? How can we overcome the mental and emotional fences of our past to live in the fullness of God's love? Moses shares insight with the Israelites on how to leave our past behind and embrace Go...

  • Bonhoeffer (Eric Metaxas)

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    In Bonhoeffer, a four-session video-based small group Bible study, New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas will help you discover the major themes of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s writing and speaking and how he not only helped transform an entire faith community in Germany during World War II, bu...

  • Carry Well (Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes)

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    As we witness key characters in the Bible such as the children of Israel, Jacob, Habakkuk, and Jesus, we gain insight on how to carry our burdens well, how our breaking points can be breakthroughs, how to resist injustice, and how to value our souls over materialism.

    Reverend Andrew Wilkes is th...

  • Charles Colson on Politics and the Christian Faith (Charles Colson)

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    Chuck Colson is uniquely qualified to provide an insider's perspective on today's pressing issues of faith and politics. In this four-session, video-based study, his discussions are neither "religious right" nor "religious left" but balanced, clear, and biblically based.

  • Color of Compromise (Jemar Tisby)

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    An acclaimed, timely study of how people of faith have historically—up to the present day—worked against racial justice. And a call for urgent action by all Christians today in response. The Color of Compromise is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don't ...

  • Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth (Thaddeus J. Williams)

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    Social justice is not optional for the Christian. But the Bible's call to seek justice is not a call to superficial, kneejerk activism. Drawing from a diverse range of theologians, sociologists, artists, and activists, Thaddeus Williams builds a case that we must be discerning if we are to "truly...

  • Doing the Right Thing (Charles Colson & Robert George)

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    This six-session video-based study explores the ethical and moral breakdown that is hitting culture from all sides. Through panel discussions, interviews, and live student questions it raises ethical issues in a non-condemning but challenging way, stimulating thought, discussion, and action. The ...

  • 40 Days Through the Book: Ephesians - Life in God's Diverse Family (Derwin Gray)

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    Study of a book of the Bible: Ephesians

    In a world of division, conflict, and polarization, the same Jesus who united the Jews and Gentiles, enslaved and free people, men and women, and people from every tribe and tongue some 2,000 years ago in Ephesus, is ready to do it again. God is still bui...

  • Ethics beyond Rules (Keith D. Stanglin)

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    How should Christians live? How should we interact with one another? Why do we think the way we do about right and wrong? How should we approach today's complex moral questions? Keith Stanglin realigns our ethical thinking around the central question: What does real love require? applying it to o...

  • Beautiful Word: Galatians - Accepted & Free (Jada Edwards)

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    Study of a book of the Bible: Galatians

    The Book of Galatians is a passionate letter written by the apostle Paul explaining what it really looks like to be followers of Jesus Christ. Paul is adamant in his letter that the gospel is all we need to know and to live truly free – that Jesus is enou...

  • God and Race (John Siebeling & Wayne Francis)

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    Racial tension is a major problem in this country, and the church needs to openly dialog about it. White people must understand and acknowledge the sin of slavery and mistreatment of black people. Black people in turn have to forgive white people of previous and present injustices, while also not...

  • Gospel in Life (Timothy Keller)

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    Join author and pastor Timothy Keller to explore how the gospel can change your heart, community, and how you live the Gospel out in everyday life

    In week one you and your group will study the city, your home now, the world. Week eight closes with the theme of the eternal city, your heavenly hom...

  • Guardrails (Andy Stanley)

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    Ever wonder what it would be like to have guardrails in other areas of your life—areas where culture baits you to the edge of disaster and then chastises you when you step across the line? Your friendships. Your finances. Your marriage. Maybe your greatest regret could have been avoided if you ha...

  • How (Not) to Read the Bible (Dan Kimball)

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    Dan Kimball guides you step-by-step through making sense of the most misunderstood, difficult, and disturbing Bible passages. Whether you’re a Christian, a doubter, or someone exploring the Bible for the first time, this study is your guide to understanding and contextualizing passages in the Bib...

  • How to Be Rich (Andy Stanley)

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    Study of a Key Bible Passage: 1 Timothy 6:18

    Andy Stanley biblically redefines what wealth is, how to use it, and helps you practice being rich so you will be good at it. Generosity was the hallmark of the early church. They did for those who could not give anything in return. Is that how people...

  • The Hope in Our Scars (Aimee Byrd)

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    Focus on a book of the Bible: Song of Solomon

    Aimee Byrd peels back the church's underlying and pervasive theology of power to face the shame that lurks there and find the lasting hope of belonging in Christ. Some things happening in the church these days should provoke our anger. It's racked wi...

  • How to Fight Racism (Jemar Tisby)

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    Become a proactive initiator of racial justice. Jemar Tisby presents a simple framework for confronting racism--the A.R.C. Of Racial Justice--increase your awareness, develop authentic relationships, and make a commitment. Full of practical tools and suggestions, actionable items, and real-world ...

  • I Am Restored (Lecrae)

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    Two-time GRAMMY winning hip-hop artist and bestselling author Lecrae was forced to face the buried impact of unhealed wounds from his past when his personal life spun into chaos. Along the way to restoration, he learned the importance of not normalizing traumatic circumstances, and how not to tur...

  • Irresistible (Andy Stanley)

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    Once upon a time there was a version of our faith that was practically . . . irresistible.

    But that was then. Today we preach, teach, write, and communicate as if nothing has changed. As if “The Bible says it” still settles it.

    It’s time to hit pause on much of what we’re doing and consider the...

  • Joy (Ernest Gray)

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    We are challenged by life in multiple ways that cause us to lose our sense of stability. When we look at the news, we can feel overwhelmed at the violence, destruction, and despair. When we look at our communities, we can feel helpless to make significant change. When we think about our life circ...

  • Justice for the Poor (Jim Wallis)

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    When the wealthy are dying from diseases of overabundance and the poor are dying from inadequate health care, poor diets, and stress-related illnesses, there is spiritual disease in society. Jesus’ life and teaching shows a deep compassion toward the poor and marginalized. His messages often high...