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CAPC Podcast #4: Hot Pockets, Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church, The Beats Music App

Listen here.Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we discuss a wide range of topics and provide the kind of perspectives you've grown to love from our stable of thoughtful, talented writers and editors. Please consider subscribing, enjoying, and reviewing the show, all of which you can do just a few clicks away in iTunes.Today, Editor-in-Chief Richard Clark is joined by Staff Writers Brad Williams and Nick Rynerson to discuss the mysteries of what goes inside the now-recalled Hot Pockets, S … [Read more...]

Authenticating Ourselves to Death

"The only transcendence that remains is that of oneself over oneself, that of an authentic ego over an inauthentic one" --Luc Ferry, Man Made God. J.D. Salinger may be the quintessential American author of the "authentic." His most well-known character, Holden Caulfield, is obsessed with a "phony" world in which no one values innocence and sincerity, where people love bad movies and ignore true moments of beauty. This obsession has been the source of derision and popularity for The Catcher in … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: People Talk

Warning: This article contains spoilers about the seventh episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season.Each week, Christ and Pop Culture will present an analysis of the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS.Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done.Episode Two: Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost.Episode Three: Downton Abbey: Bring the Light.Episode Four: Downton Abbey: All in the Family.Episode Five: Downton Abbey: Means to an End?Episode Six: Downton Abbey: Gu … [Read more...]

Walking with the Dead: Living on Borrowed Faith

Each week in “Walking with the Dead,” David Dunham reflects on the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead.“Don’t doubt in the darkness what you know to be true in the light.” It’s one of those Christian clichés that has managed to make an impression on me. Perhaps it resonates with me because it recognizes the tension that so many of us experience between doubt and faith. It’s the same tension that many of the characters from The Walking Dead are experiencing in the second half of season f … [Read more...]

Introducing: Christ and Pop Culture, The Podcast

Click here to listen!After nearly a year of dormancy, we're ready to get back on the podwagon: introducing the new Christ and Pop Culture Podcast. Please consider subscribing, enjoying, and reviewing the show, all of which you can do just a few clicks away in iTunes.The CaPC podcast will be published three times a week. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, we'll be keeping up with a wide range of topics--film, music, the church, sports, sexuality, race, etc.--and providing the kind of per … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: All in the Olympic Family

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.Like so many others around the world, I’m watching the Winter Olympic Games and getting my quadrennial fix of sports like the skeleton. I’m still trying to comprehend the allure of sliding headfirst, at speeds approaching 70-80 miles an hour on what one commentator described as essentially a cookie sheet. Yet while I’m not a daredevil by any definition, I found myself … [Read more...]

Olympic Metaphors and Marriage

 By Hannah AndersonLast week, Desiring God posted a piece by John Ensor that likened the complementarian model of marriage to the choreographed movements of a pair of figure skaters. Ensor writes:  Sochi is helping me be a better husband. And the Olympics are freshly making my wife to delight in her role as well. The surprising lesson is on display in figure skating pairs. At its best, this event displays the strength and beauty of unity: how two different people become one. The gold goes t … [Read more...]

ABCFamily’s “The Fosters” and the Power of Adoption

Late last fall, I found myself furtively googling “foster children Indiana.”  I say “furtively” because fostering children was something my husband and I had never discussed, and something I was barely able to imagine for myself.  But I had a sudden yearning to see the faces of the children who needed foster homes, to know their names and ages, to allow my worldview to be colored by the reality of the tragedies both big and small that had left those precious ones unmoored and in need of family. … [Read more...]

On the Anniversary of His Execution, What Can We Learn From the “First Martyr of Science”

On February 17th, 1600 A.D., Giordano Bruno, a Dominican priest, philosopher, and mathematician, was condemned as a heretic and burned at the stake by the Roman Inquisition. Among his heresies was the belief in an infinite number of worlds (similar to what physicists today call the multiverse hypothesis). In more recent times, Bruno has become somewhat of a patron saint of atheist and free thought groups, who gather each year at the statue commemorating his death in Rome. Some have even heralded … [Read more...]