About Jeff Cavanaugh

Jeff Cavanaugh is an IT guy by profession and a theologian by training. In addition to Christ and Pop Culture, his writing has appeared at The Gospel Coalition, Nine Marks, and Cardus. He lives with his wife Andrea in Louisville, KY. Follow him on twitter at @jccavanaugh.

Why You Should Lay Off the “Santa Claus is Real” Stuff (Because He’s Not)

Santa Claus is such a troublemaker these days. He's been stirring up all kinds of debate among evangelicals these days over whether it's right for Christians to allow and encourage their kids to believe in Santa Claus. On the one hand, you have folks like John Piper, who thinks Santa Claus is unnecessary and a poor imitation of the real Gift-Giver, Jesus, and Matt Walsh, who thinks Santa is a lie. On the other hand, there's my CAPC colleague S.L. Whitesell, who thinks we should believe in Santa a … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Diversity’s Role in Helping Minorities Flourish

In a recent post at the Reformed African American Network, Anthony Bradley addresses what he calls "a pervasive misunderstanding" of diversity: its presence doesn't automatically help blacks flourish, and its lack doesn't automatically harm minorities. Discrimination and inequality are the problem, not necessarily segregation. "Race," he writes, "is not nearly as helpful of a category as progressives want us to believe in our efforts to evaluate what constitutes flourishing." … [Read more...]

How Can I Protect My Kids from Internet Porn?

Few are probably unaware, at this point, that Internet pornography is a serious problem, one that affects men and women alike, destroys marriages, ruins lives, and contributes to problems like sexism, rape, and sexual harassment. Our culture's problem with porn is getting so bad that it's even getting serious attention from prominent, non-Christian sources like in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's new film Don Jon.Nonetheless, the Daily Mail has still managed to shock and horrify this week with its … [Read more...]

Why My Wife and I Walked away from Infertility Treatments

Many people know that infertility treatments can be fantastically expensive and often aren't covered by health insurance, but what isn't as well known is the emotional and psychological cost that those treatments can have. Miriam Zoll and Pamela Tsigdinos, both authors of books on infertility, published an op-ed in The New York Times last week called "Selling the Fantasy of Fertility," in which they offer a peek inside the world of the assisted reproduction industry. Some $4 billion a year is … [Read more...]

Elsewhere: Abortion as a Failure of Feminism?

Marilyn Kopp, a member of Feminists for Life, makes the case that abortion represents a failure of feminism as its proponents conceived it for the first century or more of the movement.  One early feminist wrote, "[It] is  degrading for women to treat their children as property, to be disposed of as they see fit."For more on the history of feminism, don't miss this CAPC post: The F-Word: Why Feminism Is Not the Enemy … [Read more...]

Is Duck Dynasty a Good Example of Christianity?

A&E's hit show "Duck Dynasty," a semi-reality comedy show following the antics of the Robertson family in Louisiana, has quickly become the biggest hit in reality TV history, according to the New York Times' profile this week.  The show has sparked a good bit of discussion among Christians not only because of its popularity and entertainment value, but also because the Robertsons are fairly vocal about their own faith.I say "fairly," of course, because the extent to which the family's … [Read more...]

What Would a Biblical Immigration Policy Be?

The ongoing debate in the U.S. Congress over immigration reform has seen significant activism and commentary from evangelical Christians, indicating that evangelicals, like most Americans, favor broad immigration reform. The U.S. Senate passed an immigration bill at the end of June, and it is currently under consideration by the House of Representatives. The most prominent group of evangelical leaders and organizations to weigh in on immigration policy, the Evangelical Immigration Table, … [Read more...]

Maybe Social Media Doesn’t Ruin Everything?

It's common these days to hear people (especially middle-aged folks) grousing about the social-media addiction of younger generations. Social connections, they worry, come at the expense of real-world relationships. But Tony Schwartz, writing for the New York Times' DealBook, has a surprisingly positive take on the way his adult daughter and her peers have enriched their lives and relationships through the Web. … [Read more...]

How to Respond to the Gay Pride Mob Video

A YouTube video [be advised, it contains some violence and profanity] showing some Christian street preachers being assaulted at a LGBT Pride Fest in Seattle has been spreading rapidly on social media in the past day or two. One article from LifeSiteNews.com has been shared and Liked on Twitter and Facebook several thousand times. Many of the comments appear to be from Christians outraged at this "reverse hate crime" and the "intolerance" displayed by the festival-goers antagonizing the pre … [Read more...]

Football Season Changed Forever as Men’s Warehouse Fires George Zimmer

"You're gonna like the way you look. I guarantee it."Anyone who has watched sports on TV in the past 25 years can hear Men's Wearhouse founder George Zimmer pitching his company's suits in his distinctive, gravelly baritone. Men's Wearhouse, one of the largest men's specialty clothing stores in the country, has been a fixture of the menswear market for decades, and Zimmer has been the face of the company the whole time. He has built Men's Wearhouse an image of caring for their customers' … [Read more...]