My Complicated Relationship With Sports

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I spent nearly my entire life hating sports.  I was too cool, smart, and hip to be into sports. My focus was on the important things in life; real things. I didn't care who made the most points at sportsball the previous week.Two things happened to turn me from a life-long hater of all-things-sporty to an obsessive sports fan. First, my hands "broke," which prevented me from playing videogames. Up until then, videogames had been my main hobby and community. But then the two herniated discs in … [Read more...]

Fear’s Great Revelation

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Perhaps our deepest modern fear is the collapse of society, but if recent films and TV shows are any indication, it is also one of our most satisfying fantasies. Whether it's a zombie infestation, the biblical apocalypse, a terrorist attack, or even an economic crash which returns us to the gold standard, we are fascinated and horrified at the idea of the world we know ceasing to exist. Why is that?We fear and crave the end of civilization because it is through civilization that we come to … [Read more...]

Why We Confuse The Onion for the News

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Consider these scenarios: You get an email from a friend with a news clip about a Texan who fought back against his freedom-hating Muslim neighbors by holding pig races on his farm; you assume the report was an accurate account of the situation and forward the email to other friends. You read a headline from Robert Spencer saying that an honor killing over Christmas was ignored by the Mainstream Media; this confirms what you believe about Muslims, so you ignore the fact that the murder f … [Read more...]

“God’s Not Dead,” But this Trope Is

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Have you heard the one about the Atheist University Professor who was famous at his school for mocking Christianity and a belief in God? You know, the one where a brave Christian student finally stands up to the teacher and calmly and articulately reveals the irrational basis of the “professor’s” atheism and thereby causes the professor to flee the room in shame, at which time the student shares the Gospel with his whole class?Maybe it wasn't "Atheism" per se.Maybe it was Evolu … [Read more...]

Breaking Bad Broken Down: “Confessions”

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Alan Is Walt going to kill Jesse in the next episode? My hunch is that Vince Gilligan will keep the suspense going for another episode or two, but after the end of "Confessions" I can't foresee the show going much longer with both of them alive. Jesse is finished with Walt and doesn't seem to care what happens to himself. One of the most painful scenes in the entire series was when Jesse breaks down crying, telling Walt that he knows that the older man doesn't actually care about him. I don't … [Read more...]

Elsewhere: The Vague Southern God of Duck Dynasty

If you haven't seen in, Duck Dynasty is an incredibly popular show about the creators of Nintendo's iconic game, "Duck Hunt." This "reality" "TV" show follows the family of game designers as they do things, humorously.One of the most interesting aspects of the show is that the Robertsons are Christians, and they are pretty open about their faith, but Thomas Kidd wonders if the show portrays Christianity, or "cultural Christianity":"What the show presents is a good life, but it is not in … [Read more...]

What It Means to Love 90s Christian Rock—A Free Sample from CaPC Magazine

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By Joel Heng Hartse. The following is a sneak peek at one exclusive feature that is otherwise available only in Issue #10 of the Christ and Pop Culture Magazine.For more features like this, and to read the other two exclusive features this issue, download our app for iPad and iPhone from Apple's App Store.After a one-week free trial, monthly and yearly subscriptions are available for $2.99 and $29.99 respectively. New issues are made available every other week. More information here … [Read more...]

Breaking Bad Broken Down: “Buried”

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For the final season of Breaking Bad, CaPC writers will look at some of the most important themes and moments from each Sunday’s episode. Breaking Bad Broken Downis a dialogue about one of our favorite shows. This week, Drew Dixon and Alan Noble look at episode 10, Season 5, “Buried.”Drew: What struck me about this episode is how utterly alone everyone is. Jesse is passed out in a play ground having thrown millions of dollar bills on the ground in the neighborhood. Walt spends half the episo … [Read more...]

Why Christians Should Oppose Anti-Sharia Laws

Over at The Gospel Coalition, Joe Carter has a smart and important piece on why Christians should oppose anti-Sharia laws. Aside from the legal problems it creates, such laws assume that religious ideas should be private and could jeopardize the religious freedom of Christians as well. I would only like to stress that we should be concerned about the number of Christian political groups who have used similar anti-Muslim rhetoric. It is alarming. … [Read more...]

Breaking Bad Broken Down: “Blood Money”

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For the final season of Breaking Bad, CaPC writers will look at some of the most important themes and moments from each Sunday's episode. Breaking Bad Broken Down is a dialogue about one of our favorite shows. This week, Alan Noble, Nick Olson, and Drew Dixon look at episode 9, Season 5, "Blood Money."Alan: At this point, we know the show going to be a tragedy, right? So the question for me is: Will anyone come out redeemed? Is that even possible at this point?Jesse's tremendous sense … [Read more...]


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