About D.L. Mayfield

D.L. Mayfield's life is about 90% mundane and 10% cray-cray. She loves food and books and a good outsider perspective portrayed in pop culture. She gets very, very excitable when anyone mentions the phrases "kingdom of God". You can find her blog here and on twitter as @d_l_mayfield.

Christmas, in Four Movies

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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 7: We experience traditions through the stories we tell each other. D.L. Mayfield reflects on how four fil … [Read more...]

Noskalgia: A Sobering Reunion With Five Iron Frenzy

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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 9: A Five Iron Frenzy reunion tour concert offers D.L. Mayfield a chance to reflect on where we have been … [Read more...]

3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: “We are the Audience” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #4: Before Midnight #3: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire We watch it all, the dystopian future, the brave teenage heroine, the heartbreaking love triangle, the pathos, the greed, the cruelty, the injustice, and we are entertained. We should not be so quick to dismiss this, the truth that we are entertained as we watch people, children, battle to the death. But we are not gleeful. After all, … [Read more...]

21. The Mindy Project: “Delivers the Laughs Without Delving into Snark” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #22: Cart Life (PC) #21: The Mindy Project (FOX) These are the things I should tell you about The Mindy Project: Mindy Kaling is a woman, she is curvy, she is Indian, she is funny, she writes/produces/directs and she stars in her own television show. But here is what I really want to tell you: Mindy Kaling is spinning a web of romantic comedy nostalgia around herself, straining to capt … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 6: Those Complicated Companions

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Before the 50-year anniversary of “Doctor Who” on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who’s Doctrine. Part 1: Mad Man with a Box Part 2: Genre Roots Part 3: Exterminating Evil Part 4: The Trip of a Lifetime Part 5: Music for a Mad ManI came for the Doctor; I stayed for the companions.Like most, I wandered into my obsession with a strange, sci-fi children’s show called Doctor Who at the recommendation of friends. And by recommendation, I mean f … [Read more...]

A Spirit of Fear: How Our Assumptions Get In the Way of Loving Our Muslim Neighbors

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The following originally appeared in in Issue #5 of the Christ and Pop Culture Magazine and is an example of the kind of high-quality exclusive features that are unique to that format. For more features like this, download our app for iPad and iPhone from Apple's App Store.After a one-week free trial, you'll receive two issues a month and 24 issues a year for only $2.99 for a monthly subscription or $29.99 yearly. New issues are made available every other week. More information here.As my f … [Read more...]

Oswalt’s Revenge: Sammy Rhodes And The Dangers Of Self-Promotion

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Twitter is not for the faint of heart, nor is it well-suited for wallflowers, the sensitive, or those who think in long, complicated rambles. It works best for the angry, the charged, the righteous, and most of all, the funny. Funny people on Twitter get just as many followers as celebrities (and indeed, sometimes more) because our world is always up for a laugh. Sammy Rhodes (formerly @prodigalsam) is one of those people who became Internet-famous because of his ability to generate laughs with … [Read more...]

The Revolting and Honest World of The Great Gatsby

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Recently I bought a copy of The Great Gatsby at a thrift store. I found it, with a smeared strip of masking tape marring the front cover, for a mere $3. This fit nicely into the vow of simplicity my family and I recently undertook when we joined a Christian order among the poor. You see, we have been trying hard to untangle ourselves from all that has brought us meaning and distraction before. We are trying to eat more vegetables, take long walks on the cracked sidewalk, write our thoughts into p … [Read more...]

Notes from the Margins: Dove Makes us Feel Great in All the Wrong Ways

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Each week in Notes From the Margins, D.L. Mayfield writes about the kingdom of God, marginalized people groups, and popular culture.Judging by the amount of shares, clicks, and likes, I was not the only woman who teared up whilst watching the newest ad from Dove, called Real Beauty Sketches. I couldn’t believe it as it was happening, as I was already biased against feeling anything—I have longed trained myself to laugh at what the advertisers are trying to sell me, not swallow it hook line an … [Read more...]

Notes from the Margins: The Mindy Project–A Once in a Decade Opportunity

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Each week in Notes From the Margins, D.L. Mayfield writes about the kingdom of God, marginalized people groups, and popular culture.The show Girls gets a whole lot of attention in the media world. Lena Dunheim, hailed for her emotional honesty and clear-headedness when it comes to body image, is at the top of the pack of in-demand writers and performers. Critically acclaimed and successful, Dunheim has hit the jackpot. She is funny, unapologetic, driven, and smart. Lena Dunheim is one of a … [Read more...]


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