CultureWatch

Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

Fifty Shades of Sleaze

Feb 10, 2015

Disclaimer: I have not read the lousy books and I do not plan to see the lousy movies – so shoot me already. But I don’t need to eat strychnine or drink poison to warn others about it. Moreover, when

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Katy Perry: God Told You What?

Feb 10, 2015

I would like to begin this piece by informing you that God spoke to me. Yes he did, and this is what he told me: “Bill I want you to know that adultery is just peachy.” And this is not

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Target and the Real War on Women

Dec 6, 2014

There are some things that elevate the status of women, and some that denigrate and demean women. Here I want to mention three such things. And they all have to do with the retail chain store Target. The three diverse

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Band Aid Baloney

Nov 20, 2014

OK, another crisis, another token gesture by the West’s super rich elites. But hey, at least it makes ’em feel good. While it might assuage their guilt feeling about living like kings while so much of the world is in

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More Mental and Moral Meltdowns

Jun 11, 2014

One question almost too difficult to answer concerning the state of so much of the West today is this: which is worse, our mental meltdown or our moral meltdown? Chances are they are both equally abysmal. We live in a

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Be Wary of “Progress”

Mar 15, 2014

Back in 1980 American sociologist Robert Nisbet wrote an important volume entitled History of the Idea of Progress. In it he examined how the notion of progress has had a long historical pedigree, with Christianity and other worldviews offering

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Sleaze and the Super Bowl

Feb 1, 2014

Porn and sleaze are now everywhere. Indeed, the mainstreaming of porn has been going on for quite some time now. For example, music video shows like MTV or Rage in Australia are little more than vehicles for the continuous display

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Children Targeted by the Militants

Jan 29, 2014

Homosexuals of course cannot reproduce – they can only recruit. And recruiting children into this dangerous lifestyle has long been part of their agenda. There are plenty of ways in which they target children, and they have made their aims

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No Neutrality Here Katy Perry

Jan 28, 2014

I am not much of a fan of pop culture, pop music, or pop celebrities. The whole scene is one big turn off to me – indeed, it is mostly so boring and banal. But unless one is a complete

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Our Heavenly Undercover Boss

Jan 27, 2014

OK, so this post is only for Christians. That is because only Christians have made the deliberate decision to make God the boss of their life. They have agreed with God that they are not the centre of the universe,

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Perry, Pop and Priorities

Jan 18, 2014

When Scripture repeatedly warns about something, we really should pay some close attention. If we think we can just ignore such warnings we are simply fooling ourselves, and setting ourselves up for a big fall. Indeed, the many clear-cut commands

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A Culture of Bullying and Intolerance

Dec 31, 2013

We now know without the slightest doubt that the homosexual militants are a pack of bullies who thrive on intimidation, stand-over tactics, and thuggery. And they are clearly one of the most intolerant groups on the planet. They have declared

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PC, A&E, and Duck Dynasty

Dec 20, 2013

You would likely be living on another planet if you have not yet heard about Phil Robertson, A&E, and Duck Dynasty. For the ignorant and uninformed, Phil is one of the family members in the hit US TV show Duck

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Porn, Prostitution and Sexual Trafficking

Nov 20, 2013

Pornography is not a victimless crime. It is a social evil with very real negative social impact. Sure, it has been mainstreamed and legitimised big time the last few decades, but it remains nonetheless a soul-destroying evil. No matter how

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Becoming What We Worship

Oct 19, 2013

We not only emulate those who we most admire, but we often tend to go over the top in seeking to become like them as well. We may well pick up their mannerisms, or start talking like them, or seek

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Sleaze Abandoned for Marriage and Family

Apr 29, 2013

In the West today women have been reduced to sex objects and seem to exist only to titillate men. Our hyper-sexualised, pornified culture reduces women to pieces of meat on display. If the sexual revolution was meant to bring liberation,

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Jesus, Kardashian and Power

Sep 21, 2012

Admittedly, that has got to be one of the weirdest titles to be found – at least on my website. One does not usually associate Kim Kardashian with the Son of God, or find these two people mentioned together in

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Narcissism Overload

Aug 27, 2012

Let’s face it – we are a culture of narcissists. We are in love with ourselves. How could it be otherwise? When you reject God as the centre of the universe and the proper object of love and devotion, you

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On the Colorado Killings

Jul 21, 2012

It is early days yet so only tentative commentary can be offered here. But we do know this much. Last night at a midnight viewing of the latest Batman movie 24-year-old James Holmes killed a dozen people and injured five

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