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Mission & Purpose
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.
On March 25-26, 2009 the Center for Faith and Culture hosted Mr. Ken Myers from Mars Hill Audio as the 2009 Carver-Barnes Lecture Series speaker. Mr. Myers began the lecture series on Wednesday by addressing the need for the authority of Christ to influence every area of the Christian's life, including the culture around him. On Thursday Mr. Myers concluded his two-part series on Christian discipleship by speaking about how those disciplining Christians need to be aware that theirs is a message that is counter-cultural to the world around them.
Ken Myers is President of Mars Hill Audio as well as host and producer of the Mars Hill Audio Journal, a bimonthly audio magazine that examines issues in contemporary culture from a framework shaped by Christian conviction. He was formerly the editor of This World: A Journal of Religion and Public Life, a quarterly journal whose editor-in-chief was Richard John Neuhaus. Prior to his tenure at This World, he was executive editor of Eternity, the Evangelical monthly magazine. For eight years, he was a producer and editor for National Public Radio, working for much of that time as arts and humanities editor for the two news programs, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Mr. Myers serves as an advisory editor for Christianity Today, and his published writings include All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture (Crossway Books:1989), and (as editor) Aspiring to Freedom: Commentaries on John Paul II's Encyclical "The Social Concerns of the Church" (William B. Eerdmans: 1988). He has also written for numerous periodicals, including The Wilson Quarterly, TableTalk, Discipleship Journal, World, Crisis, First Things, The Washington Times, and The World & I. He has served on the Arts on Radio and Television Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts, and he lectures frequently at colleges, universities, and churches around the country. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he studied film theory and criticism, and of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He and his wife Kate have a large garden, a cat, a dog, and two children (Susannah, William & Mary, class of 2008; and Jonathan, University of Virginia, class of 2010) and they live in the country, north of Charlottesville, Virginia.