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August 2010                                                                                        Vol.1 Issue 1

Greetings Friend of the Center,

We, at the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture, have been diligently generating ideas and making plans this summer as we seek to assist others to engage culture and defend the faith. One of our newest initiatives at the Center is our quarterly e-newsletter, the Faith and Culture Update. The purpose of the Update is to inform on current religious and cultural issues, as well as provide information relevant to engaging culture as salt and light. Each issue of the Update will include a feature article, book reviews, and book recommendations written by the Center's director and fellows as well as invited guests. Each issue will also include links to websites and blogs relating to faith and culture.

This issue will give you a sneak peek regarding what is to come in subsequent issues of the Update as well as information about our upcoming events at the Center for fall 2010.

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Professor of Philosophy
Director, L. Russ Bush Center for Faith & Culture
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary 


Theology Engaging Culture, by Bruce Little

This article was first published in Outlook magazine in Spring 2007.

img10.jpgI remember being challenged in my own understanding of the place of theology in the Christian life when I read David Wells' book, No Place for Truth, published in 1993. Since that time, my commitment to the primacy of theology as essential to all Christian activity has continued to mature. It seems to me that unless theology stands as primary in the church, the risk remains that much done in the name of Christ will not be done in the nature of Christ.

If theology and practice are in any way split apart, our lives will lose the authenticity essential to our calling. Living authentically as light and salt in a place of spiritual darkness and decay requires Continue reading this article on our website...

Book Recommendations

Website Recommendations                            

links_113x90.jpgBe Thinking - This website is aimed at putting the best Christian thinking and resources into its readers’ hands. Site includes hundreds of articles and audio files and organized by level of difficulty.

Mars Hill Audio - Mars Hill Audio is committed to assisting Christians who desire to move from thoughtless consumption of contemporary culture to a vantage point of thoughtful engagement.

October Issue Sneak Peek                                    

  • Feature Article - Exploring the Life and Influence of Francis Schaeffer by Dr. Bruce LittleProfessor of Philosophy, Director of the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • Featured Book Review by Dr. Bruce Ashford, Dean of the College at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fellow, L. Russ Bush Center for Faith & Culture, Associate Professor of Philosophy & Intercultural Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • More Book and Website Recommendations


In this issue

Theology Engaging the Culture by Bruce Little 

Book Recommendations

Website Recommendations

October Issue Sneak Peek

  Upcoming Events

Sept. 17 - Luncheon with Ken Myers - Students and faculty at Southeastern are invited to a simple, complimentary lunch with Ken Myers on Friday, September 17 from 11:30 to 1:30 at the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture. Mr. Myers will speak for a few minutes on music and the Church and then the floor will be open for discussion. Space is limited to 55 students/ faculty and RSVP is required by September 14. Please RSVP via email to

Sept. 17 - The Forum - The Meaning of Discipleship and The Meaning of Music with Ken Myers of Mars Hill Audio

Sept. 27 - Film Night - Critiquing Films in Light of Worldview and Cultural Issues: An Introduction

Oct. 22 - The Forum - "We Are Made for Heaven:" An Introduction to C.S. Lewis with Michael Travers of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Nov. 4 - 6 - The Gospel in Contemporary CultureMulti-Day Event, with Stuart McAllister of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries 


 Enrichment Opportunities 

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program at the CFC is designed to mentor a small cadre of students interested in thinking critically about crucial cultural issues in light of biblical Christianity. The deadline for application is September 7. Learn more about this program and  how  to apply on our website.

Research Assistant Program

The Center for Faith and Culture is offering an opportunity for three or four qualified students to work with the Director in doing research for the Center. The deadline for application is September 2.  Learn more about this program and  how  to apply on our website.

Boots on the Ground: Speaking Truth on the Campus of NC State

The Center for Faith and Culture is teaming up with Ratio Christi Campus Ministries at North Carolina State University to offer an opportunity to engage students at NC State with the gospel and apologetics.  Southeastern seminary students with some prior apologetic training (formal or informal) are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on September 1 at 10:00 a.m. in the Center for Faith and Culture located on the second floor of Patterson Hall.  For more information contact Julie Anne Rouse at 761-2190.



The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture seeks to engage culture as salt and light, presenting and defending the Christian Faith and demonstrating its implications for all areas of human existence.


The Center has a two-fold purpose: (1) To convey graciously and apply effectively the Christian worldview to all areas of culture and to the human condition; (2) To encourage and support the Church in its redemptive work.

L. Russ Bush Center for Faith & Culture
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
P. O. Box 1889
Wake Forest, NC 27588-1889



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