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October 26, 2016 by 0 comments

How Can Systemic Racism Be a Problem When So Many African-Americans Are Successful?

Jacob Phillips on why the success of individual African-Americans or Christians doesn't disprove allegations of systemic racism or bias against Christianity. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Racism, race, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, President Obama, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Christianity, Stephen Colbert, Barack Obama, systemic racism

August 3, 2016 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

The Two Things I Want to Teach My Sons About Their Black Friends

Janelle, a white mother, writes about what she wants to teach her sons about their black friends ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Racism, race, #blacklivesmatter, Redeemer Church Lake Nona, Black lives matter, colorblind, police

May 6, 2016 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

The Problem With the "God's Not Dead" Films

Jake Phillips talks about the "God's Not Dead" franchise and why it's problematic. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, art, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, movies, God's Not Dead, film, representation, God's Not Dead 2

January 6, 2016 by Joseph Phillips 0 comments

John Piper, Guns and Motives (Part 2)

Part 2 of Joey's article about John Piper, guns and lethal self-defense...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, John Piper, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, ethics, self-defense, guns, Augustine

January 4, 2016 by Joseph Phillips 0 comments

John Piper, Guns, and Motives

It is a temptation within American evangelicalism to conflate cultural and political values with biblical teaching. John Piper might be right about guns and self-defense, or he might be wrong. Either way, we can learn from him how to approach our own values based on the Bible rather than only the Constitution....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, John Piper, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, ethics, terrorism, self-defense, guns, Second Amendment, American Vision, Muslims

December 2, 2015 by Jake Phillips 3 comments

When, If Ever, Should We Call Abortion "Murder"?

There's a recent debate in evangelicalism about when, if ever, to call abortion "murder." Jake Phillips weighs in. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, abortion, the gospel coalition, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Karen Swallow Prior, murder, rhetoric, Joe Carter, Frank Turk, Christianity Today

November 12, 2015 by Bob Putman 0 comments

The Perfect Brain

Bob Putman analyzes The Brain with David Eagleman, a PBS production, and how it both wildly misses the point, but also demonstrates the glory and power of God. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, brain, science, The Brain with David Eagleman, Carl Sagan, Colossians

June 26, 2015 by Janelle Garrett 7 comments

The Racist in the Mirror

Janelle Garrett writes about searching our own hearts, and being honest about what we find....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, trayvon martin, Racism, redeemer, race, Ferguson, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, slavery, #blacklivesmatter, Charleston, Confederate flag, racist, Trayvon, Eric Garner, Nazi, Jim Crow

June 2, 2015 by Sheree Phillips 6 comments

A Gun and the Summer of ’74

A young guy about age 20 walked into the lobby and asked for a job application. I explained we weren’t hiring, so he said he wanted a pack of Marlboros. I walked over behind the counter, handed him the cigarettes and told him that would be 50 cents. (Yes, you read that right.) He produced a $1 bill and when I opened the drawer to get change he told me he wanted all the money. I looked up and saw a small gun cradled near his left elbow as his arm rested on the counter. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: humility, cultural values, cultural engagement, empathy, emotion

May 13, 2015 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Christian Ethics and For-Profit Prisons: Fiduciary Duties

Jake Phillips writes about for-profit prisons and the problem of fiduciary duties. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, ethics, for-profit prisons, criminal justice, prison-industrial complex, corporations, fiduciary duties, duty of care, prisons, incarceration rates

May 6, 2015 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Christian Ethics and For-Profit Prisons: Let's Start With Some Facts

Jake starts the first of a couple of posts about Christian ethics and for-profit prisons by dispensing some facts....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, ethics, morality, criminals, for-profit prisons, Christian ethics, prison, criminal justice

April 12, 2015 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Trip Lee, Thabiti Anyabwile, and the Unity We Seek

Jake Phillips discusses the ERLC summit on racial reconciliation and the lectures delivered by Trip Lee and Thabiti Anyabwile. What type of unity is our goal? ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Sin, Racism, unity, diversity, race, racial reconciliation, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Trip Lee, Thabiti Anyabwile, ERLC

March 16, 2015 by Joey and Jake Phillips 0 comments

Politics or Theology? Thinking About Immigration

Combining two older posts into one, Joey and Jake argue that immigration is a theological issue more than a political issue, which should inform the way we think about it. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, cultural values, immigration, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, politics, President Obama, C.S. Lewis, sojourners, Leviticus, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alan Noble

February 25, 2015 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

What TV Show "Girls" Got Wrong About Abortion and Why It Matters

The HBO show "Girls" covered the topic of abortion, and they got it wrong. But their portrayal of the issue is part of the shift in rhetoric by pro-choice advocates. How should the Church respond?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: girls, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, abortion, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, compassion, empathy, pro-life, pro-choice, Lena Dunham, HBO

February 3, 2015 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Modesty, Rape Culture, Pots and Kettles

Jake Phillips asks whether the modesty movement contributes to the rape culture. Does talking about modesty necessarily objectify women?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Sin, rape culture, modesty, wisdom, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, modesty movement, legalism, fundamentalism, evangelicalism, pornography

December 16, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Torture and Situational Ethics

This past week, Senate Democrats released a 6,000 page report about CIA tactics in the post-9/11 but pre-Obama world. It is colloquially known as the “torture report,” although it centers around what the CIA called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which were approved by the Bush administration, funded by Congress, and considered legal by various federal judges. Many of those techniques, though, are also considered torture. The report brings up three questions. The first, which I will mostly ignore, is whether the report should have been released at all, and, if so, should it have been released while the United States is still at war with an enemy that is both at issue in the report and can be expected to use the report as fodder for retaliation and recruitment. Certainly it appears as if the report is an attempt by several senators to re-write history. If they are known as the senators that brought wide-ranging, unethical practices to light, then perhaps it will be forgotten that they were fully briefed on the techniques and provided funding to implement the techniques without notable objection. The second question is whether the “enhanced interrogation techniques” were in fact torture. For the sake of this post, I will assume that many of them are (partly because of course they are)....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: torture, situational ethics, ethics, morality, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Gospel-centeredness, cultural issues, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, cultural engagement, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, government

November 21, 2014 by Janelle Garrett 0 comments

The Day I Watched a Man Die

I watched a man die once. It was not an experience I’ve ever wanted to repeat again. He was a quiet, pleasant patient whom I had taken care of a few times since he had been placed within our unit. That day, my friend was his nurse. She called me in to come help her, stating he was having difficulty breathing. Sure enough, he was in his recliner gasping for breath. As she ran to grab non-rebreather mask (a step up from your typical 02 mask), things went downhill quickly. I didn’t have enough time to even call another nurse into the room with me before I knew I had to call a code. Thankfully, a physical therapy assistant was in the room with me, and helped me lift him onto the bed so I could start CPR. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, bible, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, abortion, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, social issues, cultural issues, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, cultural engagement, Redeemer Lake Nona, culture, social justice, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona

November 7, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Elections Part 4: Unity

Jake Phillips wraps up our posts on elections with a call to unity. Our identity in Christ is more important than our political affiliations, and it is important to remember, as Joey preached this past Sunday, that the believer is not permitted to make distinctions based on classes. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, abortion, unity, diversity, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, elections, politics, voting, democracy, union with Christ, Tim Scott, compassion

November 4, 2014 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

Election Day Part III: What does Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 Mean for Americans?

How we contextualize Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 within the United States' governmental structure? What does it mean to honor the governing authorities if the government under which we live is a government "of the people, by the people, for the people"? Jesse Phillips argues the answer is to locate the supreme authority within a governmental structure, and to apply the commands of Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 to that authority....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, elections, politics, voting, government, constitution, Romans 13, 1 Peter 2

November 4, 2014 by Ryan McLaughlin 0 comments

Election Day Part II: "The King is Dead -- Long Live the King!" Toward a Politics of Resurrection Amid Democratic Despair

How should Christians think about voting, elections and democracy? Ryan McLaughlin argues that the way we should think about these issues should be informed by what we know about the kingdom of God, the resurrection, and the preeminence of Christ. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, kingdom of God, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, voting, election, democracy, monarchy, reserrection politics, Jesus is King, kingdom

November 3, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Election Day Issues Part I: Let's Talk About Amendment 2

Jake Phillips writes about Amendment 2, the amendment votes will face tomorrow about allowing the legalization of medical marijuana for medicinal purposes. What are the issues facing Christian voters? What would the passage of Amendment 2 actually mean? Jake's goal is not to convince anyone to vote one way or another, but to clarify some of the issues surrounding Amendment 2. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, Amendment 2, elections, politics, voting, medical marijuana, marijuana, War on Drugs, pot

October 22, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

College Preparation Part 2: The Rise of New Age Spiritualism

Jake Phillips discusses the rise of New Age spiritualism and what it means for college preparation. The key in combating New Age spiritualism is in being able to define what it actually is. How do we identify New Age thoughts where they exist, and how do we combat the consequences of the ideas?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, college, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, philosophy, New Age spiritualism, New Age, essential oils, Star Wars, The Matrix, astrology, Phil Johnson, college preparation

October 14, 2014 by Kyle Davis 1 comments

A Father's Heart on Race, the Gospel and the Home

Kyle Davis writes about race, the gospel and the home. If we accept the premise that racism and discrimination are problems in our society, where do we go from there? What is the solution? And how do we ensure that we properly teach our children about both the problem and the proper solution?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, gospel, parenting, Racism, abortion, marriage, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, race, prejudice, discrimination, equality, Savior, cross, advocacy, social justice

October 13, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Christopher Columbus, Culture and Conversions

Jake Phillips writes about Christopher Columbus, Christian subcultures, and legitimate conversion. Are we placing more value in seeing unbelievers begin to look, act and talk like us, or in seeing them act more like Christ? Do we value legitimate conversions or cultural assimilation? ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, Christopher Columbus, Columbus Day, conversions, salvation, culture, Christian subculture

October 7, 2014 by Benny and Jacob Phillips 0 comments

Race and the Church

Benny Phillips and Jacob Phillips discuss race, racism, racial reconciliation and the necessity of dialogue regarding these topics within the church. How does our theology inform our practical involvement and discussions regarding issues of race and racism? ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, trayvon martin, Racism, Adoption, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, race, racial reconciliation, Ferguson, Hurricane Katrina, white privilege

September 30, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

The Death of Postmodernism and What It Means for College Preparation: Part 1

Jake Phillips addresses issues related to the death of postmodernism and the rise of pseudo-modernism, which he calls "narcissism as epistemology." How does this impact how we should prepare (either ourselves or our kids) for cultural engagement in college?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, humility, redeemer, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, postmodernism, college, education, cultural engagement, postmodernity, pseudo-modernism, pseudo-modernity, Outrage Industry

September 17, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

The Folly and Danger of Pursuing Wealth

What does it mean to pursue wealth? We know that the love of money is the root of evil, but is pursuing wealth necessarily a bad thing? Eric Garrett explores what can often be a touchy subject....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, wealth, money, folly, Sin, wisdom, Proverbs

September 16, 2014 by Jake Phillips 1 comments

Internalizing Criticism and False Humility

What does it mean to internalize illegitimate criticism? For starters, it is evidence not of humility but of false humility, and it neither serves nor is loving towards others. Jake Phillips explains further, using 2 Corinthians 11 as an example. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, lake Nona, Lake Nona Church, redeemer, false humility, humility, Criticism, rape culture, modesty, internalizing criticism, 2 Corinthians 11

September 12, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Sexual Ethics and Controlling the Discourse

“Oh, great,” said everyone. “Another church railing against promiscuity, homosexuality, and how society is going to hell in a handbasket. Just what I want to read today (this is not what I want to read today).” I know there is something archaic and cliché to read a blog post about sexual ethics from an evangelical church. Having admitted that, I hope you’ll bear with me since this post isn’t really about decrying the erosion of a normative sexual ethic built on heterosexuality and abstinence until marriage and replacing it with the new normative sexual ethic that basically anything consensual and post-18th birthday goes. It’s about why sexual ethics generally have changed (both within and outside the church) and what that means going forward....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Sin, lee vista, Fighting the battle of temptation, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, social issues, cultural issues, church blog, sex, sexual ethics

August 15, 2014 by Joey and Jake Phillips 4 comments

If Only We Were All In Middle School Again…In the 1930’s. A Response to Thomas Umstattd Jr.’s Straw Men

My cousin Doug Hodges (pretty much a big brother to the Phillips kids), pointed me to an article he had come across recently by a gentleman named Thomas Umstattd Jr. regarding why he felt like courtship, as opposed to traditional dating, was fundamentally flawed. Since the article was very thorough, if haphazard, and encapsulated a lot of the criticism I have heard of courtship over the years, and Doug had made the mistake of asking what I thought, I decided Jake and I should write an article in response. You can find the Umstaddt’s original article at http://www.thomasumstattd.com/...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: blog, cultural values, cultural issues, dating, courtship, straw men, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, middle school, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, social issues

July 26, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Immigration Part 2: Sojourners in a Foreign Land

In Part 1 of the #CulturalValues post about Immigration, Joey pointed out that fundamentally, Christians should think about this issue through the lens of Jesus’ teaching about the “least of these.” Our primary concern about this issue should be for people, not fences. It’s important to remember that neither of us are advocating for a specific policy position. Our #CulturalValue has nothing to do with the specifics of legislation; it’s about how we as a church should think about he individuals involved....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, cultural values, joey phillips, theology, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, immigration, social issues, racial raparations, the gospel coalition

July 17, 2014 by Joseph Phillips 0 comments

How Should a Christian Respond to the Immigration Crisis? Part 1

By all accounts, thousands and thousands of children are entering the United States from Mexico every month. What has been a political issue for a long time has become something of a crisis. It is at the point that the government is asking for help from churches in the areas most affected. (See http://tinyurl.com/ow93le3) This issue has a lot of facets, not the least of which is the political jousting that has been going on for years in regards to border security. People are currently talking about this issue more than ever. Today I have seen a post about a ‘resort’ being created for the children who make it to America safely, and how that is a problem. The Gospel Coalition published a piece by a pastor named Felix Cabrera in Oklahoma calling for support in serving 1200 children being kept at a military facility in Oklahoma City. It was roundly criticized in the comments section for not focusing on the fact that the children shouldn’t be here in the first place. It has been a little bit alarming to see the lack of compassion from Christians towards these children, and really, illegal immigrants in general. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, grace, Lake Nona Churches, Hope, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, liberty, redeemer blog, cultural values, immigration

July 10, 2014 by Julie Brackin 0 comments

Does the World See Christ Through Us?

Walking purposefully along the winding sidewalk towards the host hotel for my final day at The Gospel Coalition’s national women’s conference, I was stopped by an inquisitive taxi driver who looked at my name tag and asked me what was going on inside. As if to aid me in my answer, I held out my nametag for him to read and replied “It’s an event put on by The Gospel Coalition and it’s for women.”...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: testimony, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, evangelism, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, lee vista, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, conference, tgcw14, Islam, Muslim, redeemer blog

July 5, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

Moving the Goalposts: Hobby Lobby, Abortion, and Half-Filled Glasses

The recent opinion issued by Justice Samuel Alito on behalf of the Supreme Court in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case gives us reason to rejoice, although not, I think, for the reasons most Christians (and people of all faiths and religions) have been rejoicing thus far. In Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court held that the obligations imposed on closely-held corporations by the HHS, which essentially forced all for-profit corporations (including those that are closely-held) to provide contraceptive methods as a part of their health-insurance plans, violated the Religious Freedom Restorative Act. Hobby Lobby and other companies claimed that providing certain types of contraception that act as abortifacients violated their sincerely held religious beliefs and convictions....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Lake Nona Churches, Holy Spirit, lee vista church, abortion, cultural values, redeemer

July 4, 2014 by Jesse Phillips 0 comments

God Uses Imperfect People

It’s the 4th of July. So naturally I was the chosen contributor for today’s blog. Running for office and naming my daughter Liberty has probably guaranteed me a featured column on this blog for every civic-related occasion until the end of time....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, Lake Nona Churches, Jesse Phillips, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, Freedom, 4th of July, founding fathers, liberty, pursuit of happiness,

June 30, 2014 by Alexander Thermenos 2 comments

Work-Life Balance

“Work-life balance” is a popular buzzword in the business world these days. In basic terms, it's the idea that a person needs to be careful not to spend so much time at work that they have no life. It’s receiving much attention due to recent efforts to explain and remedy something of an epidemic of burnout among people in high-level, high-pressure positions throughout the country. Of course, even those of us at the bottom of the totem pole know what burnout feels like, and we know these people are on to something. If you have no life outside of work, then you never refresh, recharge, recoup, and something is going to give....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: Work, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, monotony,

June 24, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

A Word About Uptight Christians

"Live your life with such freedom and joy that uptight Christians will doubt your salvation."...Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values

May 29, 2014 by Jake Phillips 0 comments

||redeemer|| #culturalvalues ||part one||

This #CulturalValues talk is about homosexuality " well, sort of. It’s about the LGBT movement, or the LBQGTITZFOB or whatever they are called now " although,as you’ll see, that’s kind of the point. This talk has two major points. I want to address the present reality (homosexuality) and I want to address the future possibilities, or the future goals of the LGBT movement....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: cultural values, About Us, Lake Nona Church, vision, Who You Are in Christ, lee vista church

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