For Christians to be intelligent contributors to our society, we should be looking in the following places:
1. Mainstream News, Domestic and Foreign
If we are to be involved in our mainstream culture in order to influence it and cogently discuss it, we need to be aware of what is going on. Despite any liberal bias, the big news organizations do have extensive resources to be able to bring us some very good reporting. And some noteworthy conservatives work at these “liberal” institutions, and write some very good stuff. Credible sources I am aware of include:
- BBC News (British, liberal?)
- CNN News (American, liberal?)
- The Economist Magazine (British, moderate)
- National Public Radio (American, moderate)
- National Review (American, conservative)
- New York Times (American, liberal)
- The Week Magazine (American, moderate)
- Wired Magazine (American Geek News, moderate to liberal)
2. Alternative, Non-Christian News
To avoid the omissions of the mainstream media, we should look at the publications of advocacy and watchdog groups that bring to our attention worthy items that the mainstream media does not cover. This includes ethnic-oriented groups (e.g. the Anti-Defamation League), human rights groups such as Amnesty Intl, and environmental and animal rights groups.
3. Christian News Sources Last but not least, we should seek news with a Christian world view. There are plenty of these, including
- World Magazine (a Christian “Time”)
- First Things (scholarly, Christian/Catholic world view)
- Foreign Affairs (scholarly, conservative)
- Agape Press (nice Xian news blog)
- SmartChristianBlog (nice news aggregator blog)
- Christianity Today (mainstay of evangelical monthlies)
I happen to get my news through the following avenues:
While some people think NPR liberal, I find the commercial-free and in-depth analysis really refreshing. And they’re not as liberal as they used to be. Third Party RSS Feed
2. The 700 Club
Some people will scoff at this, but the first 15 minutes of this show is a daily wrap-up of the news from a Christian perspective. No RSS.
This British news weekly is packed! And it’s not about economics! It makes magazine like Time and Newsweek look like lightweights. It is balanced and has in-depth analysis of American and world news. Sometimes, I don’t get time to read it because it is so dense. Third-party RSS Feed
This compact news weekly is inexpensive and covers world news with a balanced perspective. Minimal online content, though.
Not only does this magazine of technology and culture have great news articles, each month it has at least one good article on some social issue – the environment, genetically modified foods, stem cell research, etc. RSS Feed
When I need a half hour to catch up on what’s hot, I hit CNN on the TV. RSS Feed
Nice Christian view of what is important, and how evangelicals view world events. Too bad their online blog doesn’t have an RSS feed! BLINO – BLog In Name Only.
8. Agape Press
This blog really has a nice stream of news from a Christian perspective. RSS Feed What are your favorite news sources?