If I were Justin Bieber, I’d Press Charges against Jenny McCarthy

I know that's easy for me to say given that I am neither famous nor particularly attractive, and the likelihood of Jenny McCarthy sexually harassing me is slim to none, but I do think the mild reaction to McCarthy grabbing Justin Bieber's bottom did not fit the crime. In case you missed it, Jenny McCarthy presented Bieber with the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album two weeks ago at the American Music Awards, and as Bieber  turned his back on McCarthy to face the audience, she grabbed him, p … [Read more...]

Football without a Prayer: Why Pre-Football Piety is a Bad Idea

How should Christians respond to attacks on pre-game prayers by groups like the Freedom from Religion Foundation? Drew Dixon argues that if we pause to consider the matter biblically, we might side with the atheists. I like to pray and I like to watch football. I love Jesus and I love my church. So why would I support efforts to remove public prayers from football games? I support such efforts precisely because I love Jesus and His bride, the church. This year numerous public high schools … [Read more...]

Selfishness and Selflessness in Videogames

Our editor-in-chief here at Christ and Pop Culture, Richard Clark, has written an interesting article for Nightmare Mode on how games feed our natural self-centeredness and present us with player-centric worlds: Because of how deceptively attractive a world created for our personal pleasure can be, when we stumble upon one that works for us, we are markedly protective of them. They begin to take a holistic role in our lives, living in our thoughts as we work and interact with others. The open w … [Read more...]

How We Honor Our President

Monday afternoon, I challenged Christians with the following words: I hope you vote wisely and thoughtfully tomorrow, but please, don’t buy into the idolatrous lie that your future hangs in the balance. If you are a Christian, I would encourage you, regardless of the results of tomorrow’s election, to be gracious, kind, and humble. Show the world that your hope is not in this life or in the things of this world, but in the One who offered Himself on the cross as a ransom for sinners. Naive rig … [Read more...]

Voices Without a Vote and Political Idolatry

I don't know about you but I am really excited about tomorrow primarily because no matter what the outcome, the election will be over. Nick Rynerson recently wrote a feature on why he isn't going to be voting this election and while I disagree with the premise behind that article, videos like the one below illustrate Nick's point about the pervasiveness of political idolatry in our country.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuCaWYvpVZgThis video was made by im2moro.org, a group committed to … [Read more...]

Preaching and Preachiness: A Reflection on ‘Parks and Recreation’

If you are wondering what the best sitcom on television is, it is Parks and Recreation. It's one of the few shows that my wife and I watch every week—it's hilarious and surprisingly warm. Consequently, when I saw Russell Moore's article for Christianity Today titled "What Can We Learn About Preaching From Parks and Recreation," as a pastor and a fan of the show, I was doubly curious.The episode in question caricatures a common Christian conservative position on sex education. The episode b … [Read more...]

Virtual Economics, the American Dream, and Our Lust for Stuff

Videogames are no stranger to economics. Role playing games have long given players markets, work, and currency and given players some agency in managing these things in order to buy and sell goods.  I recently wrote on this subject with regard to a recent game called Torchlight II and Patricia Hernandez recently wrote something similar but more personal with reference to Borderlands 2. I think this is an important issue to consider with regard to games, so I thought I would share excerpts from b … [Read more...]

Is America Indispensable or The Only Hope of the Earth?

If you watched last night's debate, you may have caught some pretty bold descriptions of our nation by both our President and Governor Romney. John Piper,  pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, noticed and tweeted: Obama: America, the only indispensable nation. Romney: America, the hope of the earth. This does focus our prayers for them. We've been talking a good bit about "American exceptionalism" lately here at Christ and Pop Culture. We have discussed how America is often … [Read more...]

Was America Ever a Christian Nation?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8FIpoEikHwNearly every day, I see some post on Facebook or Twitter mourning how far America has fallen from its Christian founding. I understand where many of these people are coming from, they sense that Christian principles are not as respected as they once were in our country. This is something that we have weighed in on numerous times in recent days here at Christ and Pop Culture. Alan has refuted the idea that is pretty prevalent in American … [Read more...]

Games and Sin: A Week of Articles on Games’ Recognition of Human Depravity

It is "Sin Week" at Gamechurch.com. The site is hosting a series of articles on how games often highlight our sinful nature. Is it possible that games, virtual and otherwise, can make us more aware of our own depraved nature? How do they interact with and acknowledge the fallen nature of humanity? These are the types of questions that GC's contributors set out to answer in Sin Week.Here is a quick run down:Christ and Pop Culture's very own editor-in-chief, Richard Clark, started off the … [Read more...]