By John Rieping
Flipside Christian church in the Madera Ranchos tried an unusual method earlier this month to engage and encourage locals to try its Sunday services … they offered shot glasses both via invitation cards and through a local pub.
Meanwhile in New York, 500 teenagers protested in Times Square against the entertainment and media industry. While a much smaller group of counter-protesters worked hard to drown them out with megaphones, the teens presented their own efforts to “recreate” pop culture through song, dance, graffiti art and video. The teens, who were participants in a New Jersey “Battle Cry” 3-day event attended by 10,000 teens, are members of Teen Mania Ministries, which organizes “Battle Cry” and “Acquire the Fire” rallies across the U.S.
Whether near or far, Christians seem more willing to directly engage U.S. culture in the public square. Some welcome the new approaches, while others attack them as radical and unsettling — either because of the method or because of the Christian message.
What do you think?