Video of International Students Sharing their Impressions of Americans

What do people from around the world think about who we are as a people? How aware are you of American cultural stereotypes? These international students were all asked to describe their impressions of Americans. Some of their answers will confirm what you already know but others will shock you about how Americans are perceived […]

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Cultural Differences Between the West and the East (Russia in the Middle)

Original Article posted in Russian: http://ofigenno.cc/raznica-mezhdu-zapadom-i-vostokom “West is West, East is East, and never the twain shall meet,” – written almost a half a century ago by the Englishman Rudyard Kipling. It is often interpreted as a fundamental incompatibility of the Eastern and Western mentality. The artist Yang Liu drew this series of illustrations after […]

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Sexuality and the Church

Apparently, everything is bigger in Texas, including our sexual appetite. Not only is Austin the Live Music Capital of the World — it’s also the “Capital of Copulation,” at least according to Men’s Health magazine’s October 2010 issue.  The magazine cites Austin’s #1 ranking based on categories like condom sales, birth rates, sex toy sales, […]

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Does you ministry exist in an Acts 2 or Acts 17 environment? It matters.

What’s the cultural context the early church started in? The Acts 2 environment is very different from the Acts 17 environment. I believe America has become an Acts 17 environment in many places around our country but unfortunately the church is still operating like it’s an Acts 2 world out there. In Acts 2 we […]

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Relational Voice and Small Group Ethos for Post-Christian People

If you are a church that is missionally living in the culture then you must be prepared for who you will meet. And they might not like you.  People living in the city of Austin, TX are pretty sure most Christians are hateful, narrow minded, intolerant, judgmental, hypocritical and uninformed people. This is the current […]

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Individualism, Community, and Cheering the Loss of Love – Something’s Wrong

Everyone, applause, it’s ‘just’ a divorce. After someone hears Cal crying in the bathroom – everyone in the office thought he had cancer. The good news. It’s just a divorce. Thank God. Smiles. Congratulations.  Thunderous applause. He has been saved from the physically excruciating struggle of cancer. Wow, that was close…Cal only loses a relationship…that’s […]

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