If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then we are constantly flattering the individuals and communities who have transmitted their “scripts” to us. But how do we change our story if we’re a character in somebody else’s play?
Detractors of the film are in peril of ignoring one of the great recurring themes of Scripture: that God can and does use the most unlikely characters to glorify His name and advance His purposes.
Is my blog free from envy, or am I secretly wishing I was as popular as the person I am condemning?
Organizations need to shift the mindset of what a good manager does away from hitting those departmental goals–which rely on what he calls talent consumption–to graduating employees into better positions–or talent production.
Surfing Secularism: Why Fighting the Rest of the World is a Losing Strategy for Churches, by Dave Schmelzer
Christians have been negotiating the relationship between churches and the wider, secular culture ever since there was a discernible “secular culture.” What’s new is how many young evangelical church leaders are learning to surf, rather than draw lines against, secular culture.
With the controversy surrounding Noah flooding the internet (mostly by Christians who have NOT seen the film), Paramount studios asked Phil Cooke to create a short video featuring Christian leaders who HAVE seen the film giving their take on the movie.
Story Failure: Why We ‘Lose it’ in High Stress Environments (Like Hollywood, Higher Ed, and Ministry)
The stories, beliefs and strategies we develop to survive life’s most painful experiences inevitably fail us in high stress environments. Here’s why.
Contrary to popular belief, the most commonly used drug in Hollywood is not cocaine. It’s adrenaline.
“Oh….you are an artist. How interesting…” And then…an awkward change of topic generally ensues. Immediately.
Patrick developed his “shield” or “breast-plate” prayer to help him “put on the full armor of God” (Ephesians 6:12) in the midst of the incredible trials he faced in bringing the word of God to Ireland.
The patron saint of Ireland is rarely credited with what was perhaps his greatest achievement.
The happiest moment of graduate school for me was getting accepted into a good program followed by a slow descent into depression… and I was one of the lucky ones.
Hollywood Isn’t a Bible School: Phil Cooke Warns Christians Against Labeling Tinseltown ‘the Enemy ’ in NOAH Movie Furor
Christians have to stop looking at Hollywood as the enemy, and start reaching out. Missionaries have discovered that you don’t change minds by criticism, boycotts or threats. You change minds by developing a relationship and a sense of trust. You work from the inside.
Nearly half of millennials report that their personal electronics create distance between themselves and other people.
Jonathan Edwards Goes to Movies: What Story Structure Teaches Us About Religious Affections… and Lent!
The inciting event presents the hero with a decision: Shall I continue in the relative comfort of my business-as-usual life, or risk pursuing a new and more dangerous goal? A lot like Lent is designed to do…
We can’t escape the pain, darkness, and brokenness of a fallen world, neither can we escape the beauty of Christ’s transforming life. Through the 40 days of lent we acknowledge this, in us, and around us.
Millennials are by far the least likely age group to be aware of Lent—but, interestingly, they are more likely than average to say they are planning to fast.
We have multitudes of professing Christians who well may be ready to die, but obviously are not ready to live, and can hardly get along with themselves, much less with others.
The surfer doesn’t create the waves, but her board puts her in a position to catch their energy. In the same way, spiritual disciplines don’t create the transforming power of God, but they do put us in a position to catch it.