About Brad Williams

Brad is the pastor of a Baptist church in a small town in Alabama. Brad has a lovely wife, two children, two dogs, a cat, a turtle, and five bee hives. Besides the incredible fact that he managed to persuade his wife to marry him, he is proud that he served six years in the Army National Guard, managed to graduate college with an English Lit. degree, graduate seminary, and finish the original Bard's Tale as a youngster by making maps on graph paper.

I Watched the #CreationDebate and it Kind of Bummed Me Out

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Before the Debate: I am Excited It is 3:00pm Eastern time, February 4, 2014. I am trying to write some literature that we will be using for Sunday School material, but it is all in vain. The countdown clock at debatelive.org tells me that in a mere three hours, the biggest smack-down debate since the Scopes Monkey Trial is going to be broadcast live on the internet. I am full of nerves about this spectacle. I find myself in the awkward spot of liking Bill Nye better than Ken Ham, even … [Read more...]

Ask Uncle Brad: The Persecution Complex, The Snapchat Ghost, and Charity

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Ask Uncle Brad is a weekly column in which pastor, farmer, and father, and Christ and Pop Culture writer Brad Williams answers your questions about how to navigate difficult and complex cultural issues in everyday life. If you’d like to ask Uncle Brad a question, you can leave a comment below, or email your question to christandpopculture@gmail.com with the subject line, “Ask Uncle Brad”.  I didn't get any questions sent directly to me this week, but I did get a lot of questions … [Read more...]

Ask Uncle Brad: “My Dad is a Culture Warrior” (Plus: Daniel Diet, Correcting the Internet)

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Ask Uncle Brad is a weekly column in which pastor, farmer, and father, and Christ and Pop Culture writer Brad Williams answers your questions about how to navigate difficult and complex cultural issues in everyday life. If you'd like to ask Uncle Brad a question, you can leave a comment, or email your question to christandpopculture@gmail.com with the subject line, "Ask Uncle Brad".  Uncle Brad, Whenever I return home for the holidays, it is inevitable that my father and I will end up … [Read more...]

Ask Uncle Brad: Why You Should Definitely “Ask Uncle Brad”

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"Ask Uncle Brad" is a weekly column in which Brad Williams answers your questions about how to navigate difficult and complex cultural issues in everyday life. I write on the Internet because I think I'm important, which is pretty much why anyone writes on the Internet. I have a leg up on others, though, because I have become keenly aware of my own narcissism, and therefore, I am ably equipped to point it out in others. Honestly, the only reason I'm still writing for Christ and Pop Culture is … [Read more...]

Cruising on a Sea of White Privilege

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To give you a taste of the kind of content found in each issue of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine, each day for the next two weeks, we'll be counting down our ten favorite features from the magazine in 2013, allowing you the rare opportunity to read each exclusive magazine feature in full. For more features like this, download the magazine for iPad and iPhone from Apple's Newstand. Number 10 on our countdown is a personal account from long-time Christ and Pop Culture writer, Brad Williams, … [Read more...]

I Want to Give You a Snopes Detector for Christmas

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I have a gift. It isn't really a supernatural gift so much as a talent I've learned after many years of internet surfing. It's the ability to spot nonsense when it's posted on Facebook or sent to me in an email. I'd assumed that this was a talent that everyone with any amount of internet experience would have, but I've recently realized that this really is a gift that not everyone, or even a majority of people possesses. The lack of this gift of discernment is the only thing that explains why … [Read more...]

Black Friday is a Monster that Must Be Stopped!

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When I was kid, I liked creepy old horror movies. I have fond memories of watching The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, and my all-time favorite, The Blob. The Blob was about this amorphous alien thing that crashed onto planet Earth via meteorite. It was a black, tar-looking thing that basically devoured everything it touched, and every time it devoured something, it grew larger. Friends, Black Friday is the Blob. It has burst its bounds and is threatening to devour the single greatest holiday that we … [Read more...]

A Veteran’s Thoughts on Veterans Day

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Service to one’s country through the various military branches is an honorable thing. The branches act, under the government's authority, to preserve the peace and to protect the citizenry from threats foreign and domestic. They are servants, not unlike police officers or firefighters, who are willing to risk their lives for the country and for a paycheck. At the risk of offense, I want to say that no one would serve in the military for very long if they didn't get paid. Not unless there … [Read more...]

Snapchat and the Ghost of Communication

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When I began inviting friends to join me on Snapchat a few weeks ago, most of them had no idea what I was talking about. Despite the fact that almost every teenager I talk to has a Snapchat account, a good portion of the adults I know don't know what it is. (The only exceptions were those in education. Invariably, my teacher friends already had accounts.) So the first reaction I got to Snapchat invitations was mostly "What is that?" The second most frequent response I got was "Wait... isn't … [Read more...]

Seven Tips for Enjoying Halloween, Even if You Hate it So Much

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Because some of my brothers and sisters in Christ get very uptight at Halloween, I thought it would be helpful for us to include a few guidelines on "redeeming" the holiday. These should help even the biggest fundamentalist not to  accidentally worship the devil on Halloween. So here goes: Do not actually become a witch, warlock, or necromancer, no matter how tempted you might be. You will ultimately be disappointed if you do, because witches and warlocks and necromancers do not actually … [Read more...]


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