There are a few books, websites, and YouTube channels I've checked out that I'd like to pass along.
The Hollywood Culture War: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You (by Michael Vincent Boyer).
I checked this out a few weeks ago from my local library. I'm in a teeny-tiny town so, if our library had a copy, I'm sure most libraries have one.
This book takes you through the ways Hollywood (and its culture) has infiltrated and influenced society and even politics. It touches on morals, social programming (brainwashing), and how the various "enlightened" (see postscript) new age agendas have trickled from Hollywood and into the lives of consumers.
Some of the things I learned about - or at least want to look more into:
- How the movie rating system began and how it's evolved;
- stories behind some popular films and the filmmakers (especially Oliver Stone); and
- the various connections between Hollywood and the political world.
My one big criticism of this book is that it goes all no-holds-barred on any left-wing influencers (think Clinton, Obama, and their circles) while it holds back a bit on conservatives (Reagan really gets a pass). This is my pet peeve with most of my Christian brothers and sisters when we assess the secular society. We are like voters who toe the party line and stick with our side no matter how awful they might be. If we have any "line" drawn in the sand, the only two sides should be Behaving Badly and Striving to do Better.
This is a huge book so be ready to take notes unless you buy your own copy.
The Truth Behind Hip Hop (by G. Craige Lewis)
I discovered the Truth Behind Hip Hop (TBHH) video series a couple of years after it started coming out in 2009. There are now 11 videos in the series which have trailers and purchase options here. If you opt for downloading a video - rather than having a copy mailed to you-you will be using a custom player called LYNX that you have to download or access via a browser. There is a short (very short) trailer for the 12th installment of the series that you can view here. I know I am interested!
You can find some audio downloads of the author speaking here.
G. Craige Lewis is seen as controversial by some people, but I enjoy his ministry which can be checked out here (sermons) and here. He is an in-your-face, no-holds-barred, going to speak the truth kind of pastor. I might not always completely agree with every opinion he voices, but I respect the fact that he sticks to the Bible. He has a heart for the lost. Now on to the book:
This is my copy of The Truth Behind Hip Hop which is available from the ministry website or from Amazon.
I got the book that came in in 2009 because I wanted something I could refer back to again and again. There are many good lessons for living a Christian life in addition to what the author has to say about the music industry.
When I told my family about this book, some of them didn't want to hear what I had to say, but now none of them can deny that the author has an important message. One of my nieces went home and threw out most of the music in her house. I myself have radically changed the way I view the music industry. When I do listen to music, I'm always listening for the deeper message that I'm sure is there.
Let me also say this: Lewis' ministry is one of the few I've known of that doesn't try leeching money from the people. This is why it's so important that you don't pirate the books or videos. Oh, and since I'm about to list some podcasts, here two for Lewis that you should check out: True Church Perspective and EX-Cast.
PODCASTS & YOUTUBE CHANNELS
These are some podcasts I like. The player I use on my phone is Podcast Addict; I use iTunes on the computer. I will link to YouTube channels and websites but assume you can search out the podcasts.
- 4th Watch with Justen Faull describes itself like this: "Supernatural and paranormal topics with Biblical perspective" and that is true. I'm new to this one and still haven't decided if I agree with the hosts perspective. On the Plus side, the show is very interesting and the host does depend on the Bible or his views. This is his YouTube.
- Mysterious Universe is definitely NOT a Christian podcast. The topics are what attracts me. The hosts are very articulate and skilled at presenting their information. The only downside for me is that they seem to have zero religious beliefs, let alone any Christian viewpoints. I can say that I have never heard them bash Christianity as much as some other hosts do. The guys are a lot of fun to listen to. YouTube here.
- Higherside Chats is another non-Christian podcasts/YouTube channel. There a lot of great conspiracy topics covered.
- Christian Theories (link here is for Soundcloud but iTunes carries this one also)
- The Free Zone w/Freeman Fly (This guy's not a Christian. He can be... thought-provoking.)
- Josh Peck Disclosure (I have zero ideas about him yet, but the titles sound interesting.)
AND, of course, BIBLE RELATED
- The John Ankerberg Show has a podcast. (I will be covering the JA Show and site in my next post on specific Bible studies.
- A study on Paul's message about the last days and times. Because, like most Christians have since Christ ascended, I believe we are living in them.
- Let Us Reason is a site I refer to often when studying the Bible. There's tons of information for someone who may be new to the faith or just curious about Christianity. And, yes, you will find info on some weird stuff here too.
I will expand on the Bible study list in a soon-upcoming post. I have a bunch more links and things to talk about for the curious person.
** I like to use the term "enlightened" (so-called) instead of "Illuminati" for a couple of reasons. First, Satanists and other pagan/anti-Christ folk think of themselves as being enlightened. Second, the term Illuminati has been dirtied up and is an easy target of silly criticism. Lucifer/Satan is referred to as "Light-bearer", son of the morning, and Morning Star. His followers (of all sects and organizations) think of themselves as "illumined". Maybe I will have to do a post on some of this!