Understanding the popular culture around us @soonguy #lcwemedia

Lausanne’s Cape Town Commitment  “challenges us to be concerned about media awareness,” writes Lars Dahle. “This includes helping people to ‘develop a more critical awareness of the messages they receive, and of the worldview behind them’. In order to do this appropriately, we all need practical resources.”

Lars goes on to list a very useful range of questions to ask about news, documentaries, TV, movies, music, and much else.

Check his questions – practical things to ask ourselves about different parts of the culture we consume every day. These are also a valuable basis for group discussion, including youth groups, who especially need a biblical framework to interpret the world around them.

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It is a part of the ‘double listening’ that John Stott encouraged us to instinctively do: “I have sometimes called this ‘double listening’. Listening to the voice of God in Scripture, and listening to the voices of the modern world, with all their cries of anger, pain and despair,” he wrote. Read more.

Popular culture also provides us with an incredible starting point for conversations with outsiders about the good news, not least on social media. Do you have a story to tell on using popular culture? Please share on our comments section below.

Lausanne also has a longer paper discussing this issue, and is hosting a conference on this topic in Norway, that started yesterday. Follow the conference using #lcwemedia on Twitter.

Books and resources on this topic

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Tony Whittaker is coordinator for Internet Evangelism Day | Team member, SOON Ministries, Derby UK. Contact him here.