At just the right time! This week I’m excited to begin a new online series with you looking at curious trends that are happening in the culture around us. When I was a kid, one of my favorite weekend activities was to go to a local record store on Brainerd Road called “Cat’s Records.” Some of you will remember that special place. It was a place to meet friends, listen to music, and comb through the aisles of vinyl records, and in my day, also cassette tapes and eventually compact discs.
Now I drive by the old “Cat’s" location and wonder, where have all the record stores gone? Almost overnight, it seems, they have become like “dinosaurs” in a culture that is rapidly changing around them. Imagine being an owner of one of those stores and seeing your business slip into irrelevancy because it could not adapt to an ever-changing culture!
The big question for us as a church family is this: Without sacrificing our biblical integrity, how should we respond to this ever-changing culture? Even better, how can we continue to further our gospel mission within this culture?
In this series, we will begin by identifying some of the curious trends that we need to be aware of as we vision towards the future. Now is the time, as waiting could mean going the way of the local record stores. And remember, God is all about good timing. “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons” (Gal. 4:4-5).