Help Your Kids Navigate Complex Cultural Waters
by Travis Dickinson
When dealing with the wider culture, Christians often absorb it unreflectively instead of engage it with biblical perspective. We tend be passive consumers of culture rather than active connoisseurs.
This process is even more complex after you have children. How do you teach your kids to engage culture well when you’re not even sure you’re doing it right?
In their new book, A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World, John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle aim to help us with this dilemma.
Wisdom on Kids and Culture
This is a distillation of decades’ worth of observations and conversations with students, parents, and youth leaders from a pair of seasoned practitioners. Stonestreet is president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and the cohost of BreakPoint. Kunkle is student impact director at Stand to Reason with 25 years of experience working with youth. They’re also fathers who want to raise and disciple their own children well.
A Practical Guide to Culture is organized into four parts. Part one defines what culture is and why it matters. Part two offers a diagnosis of our cultural moment, focusing on the internet, devices, entertainment, the omnipresence of technology, and the changing nature of childhood itself. Children are developing physiologically (especially sexually) younger, yet maturing emotionally later.
Part three is the longest section of the book, devoted to identifying “Pounding Cultural Waves.” These include pornography, the hookup culture, sexual orientation, gender, consumerism, addiction, entertainment, and racial tension. These chapters identify the lies we’ve been told about these topics, respond with what Scripture claims, and provide specific and practical “action steps” to live biblically.
Part four concludes the book with Christian worldview training, with an emphasis on how to think about the Bible and how to take the gospel to a pluralistic culture…
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