Neuroscientists are studying the effects of media on our brains and many believe because of the endless addictive intake our brains are actually changing.
This recent trip may have been my last opportunity to ever get back into Russia for a long time as diplomatic doors seem to have now shut and Christians are being persecuted. But our dear brothers and sisters in Christ will still be there working and needing our support and prayers as so many others do all over the globe.
Unfortunately, innocence is being lost quickly today, and in our culture of instant exposure to everything, anyone can shatter it. The average age for exposure to pornography on the internet in America is nine years of age and it's not the pornography I grew up with – even in Las Vegas.
Students today are much different because of the latest cultural disruption — the smartphone. This age is one of instant and unrelenting technology that beams terrorism, radical political division, financial and environmental destabilization at us 24/7 in the palm of our hand. We can't escape seeing and knowing. Young minds can't escape bullying or the threat of becoming ostracized as texting and social media overpower their ability to be individuals.
Neuroscientists have been studying the effects of our noisy distracted culture and found that boredom leads to creativity.
Research has proven that when quite time is done four or more times a week it changes everything.
The Museum of the Bible has no agenda but to present the most significant book of all time to the public. They believe the Bible's history, story, and impact stands alone and has the power to influence a reader.
The phone rang. It was the TV commercial producer, and he wanted to know if I'd shoot the spot topless. I'd just been cast a couple hours before, but he'd "forgotten" to ask me before I left if I would film the commercial with only a bow tie and bikini bottoms.
So when Stephen Paddock, the recent mass murderer in Vegas, reached for guns I knew just who he must have been. I had grown up with these lonely desperate people.
Dr. Joe Hellerman has just released his new book Embracing Shared Ministry: Power and Status in the Early Church and Why it Matters Today. His doctoral research dealt with the social history of the early Christians, and he has authored five books. In addition to a full time schedule teaching at Biola University's Talbot School of Theology, he's a team pastor at Oceanside Christian Fellowship in El Segundo, Calif.