July 7-24, 2014 - 2014 Oxford Study Program
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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 September 17, 2010 the Center for Faith and Culture hosted Ken Myers of Mars Hill Audio for both a student-faculty luncheon and an evening lecture on music and Christian discipleship. Approximately 25 students and faculty gathered for the lunch and 100 people gathered for the evening lecture.
In both engagements Mr. Myers examined the remarkable changes that have taken place over the past 50 years in the place and state of music in Western cultures. He argued that because of various philosophical, social, economic, and technical developments, common assumptions about how to live with music and how-through music-to engage Creation, history, communities, and God, have changed radically. From the cultural shifts examined, Myers provocatively claimed that to a large extent, American churches have uncritically accepted those assumptions and the practices that flow from them, and have re-structured their ministries accordingly. He specifically examined these issues in light of the Church's vocation to make disciples, arguing that the changes that have come to pass over the past 50 years were not value-neutral and that they have consequences that go far beyond musical experience.
Seemingly, all in attendance left challenged to evaluate the stance the evangelical church currently assumes in its response to culture. Ultimately, Myers beckoned those in attendance to cultivate a distinctively Christian view of the arts in general and music in particular in order to truly be light in a world of darkness.