What is culture? What does the gospel have to say to the way our world works, to the systems and structures that inform how we think, what we eat, what we wear? What do art and technology have to do with a man who lived a thousand years ago? We believe that God created us with the ability and desire to make, to form, to cultivate and innovate, to reflect his own creativity in the world. Broken by sin, but being renewed by his Spirit, we believe that we are still entrusted with the responsibility to create culture and show God to the world through it.

And when we hear the word stewardship from a church pulpit, the emphasis usually lies solely on financial giving and tithing to the church. While this is a part of stewardship, as Christians we believe that God designed for us to care for and steward all of creation. With whatever resources we have at our disposal- money, time, choice, literacy, creativity, knowledge and access to information, land, water, homes- we are given the privilege to join God in his work in the world by allowing those things to be used for his Kingdom. Imagine what our world would be like if we viewed everything we have been given as something God could use to bring about transformation and renewal in the world!

 

Culture: Reflections & Redemption

The Weight of Glory (Harper), by C.S. Lewis 

To Change the World (Oxford University Press), by James Davidson Hunter 

Culture Making (IVP), by Andy Crouch 

From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology (Kregel), John Dyer 

Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible (Brazos), by Danny Carroll 

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art (North Point Press), by Madeleine L'Engle 

Echoes of Eden (Crossway), by Jarrem Barrs 

Eat with Joy (IVP), by Rachel Marie Stone 

Scribbling in the Sand (IVP), by Michael Card 

For the Life of the World: Letter to the Exiles: A Film Series produced by The Acton Institute

 

Stewardship: God's Resources in Our Hands for Cultural Transformation

Making Peace with the Land (IVP)by Fred Bahnson and Norman Wirzba 

Our Father's World (IVP), by Edward R. Brown 

Playing God (IVP), by Andy Crouch 

Just Generosity (Baker Books), by Ron Sider 

The Total Money Makeover (Thomas Nelson)by Dave Ramsey 

Your Money Counts (Tyndale)by Howard Dayton 

Christian Hope and Money: A Talk by Tim Keller

A Spirituality of Fundraising (Upper Room), by Henri Nouwen