About Jewel Evans

Loves living in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, Mike. She fills her days with delicious food, coffee, running, and books that you can melt into. Find her on Twitter at @jewelstar87.

Downton Abbey: Guilt, Shame, and the Fear of Confession

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Warning: This article contains spoilers about the sixth episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season. Each week, Christ and Pop Culture will present an analysis of the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS. Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done. Episode Two: Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost. Episode Three: Downton Abbey: Bring the Light. Episode Four: Downton Abbey: All in the Family. Episode Five: Downton Abbey: Means to an End? This week’s episode of … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: All In the Family

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Warning: This article contains spoilers about the fourth episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season. Each week, Christ and Pop Culture will present an analysis of the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS. Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done. Episode Two: Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost. Episode Three: Downton Abbey: Bring the Light. This week on Downton Abbey, the pace of the stories has steadied a bit, and with that have come some resolutions to previous … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost

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Warning: This article contains spoilers about the second episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season. Each week, a Christ and Pop Culture writer will offer their thoughts on the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS. Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done. This week on Downton Abbey, we continue our journey of reconnecting with the goings on of the estate. If we could tie a few of the stories together in this episode, it could center around loss and grief, and how the … [Read more...]

13. Gravity: “Humanity’s Own Fight” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #14: Lord - Pure Heroine #13. Gravity As jumpy as I can be, I love a good thriller. There is something about holding onto the edge of your seat, calling out, and reaching for the screen as something entirely out of your control takes place before your eyes. Sometimes, the thrill fostered within us comes from the possibility of it being a reality. The thrill in Gravity has no … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks: Similar, but Different

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Thanksgiving, as wonderful a holiday as it is, can often be a concentrated source of feelings that are anything but thankful. If you are the one hosting, you've got to clean the whole house and figure out how everyone is going to fit at the table. The newest family member is on a diet and can't eat anything but green peas, so now what? You forgot the extra pound of butter you need for your pastry dough and have to run to the grocery store and wait in those terribly long lines, where everyone … [Read more...]

Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘The Four Loves’

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Editor’s Note: November 22, 2013, will mark the fiftieth anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death. On that day, he will be given a place in Westminster Abbey’s renowned Poet’s Corner. In commemoration of this event, all this week Christ and Pop Culture contributors will be writing about the works by C. S. Lewis that have been most personally significant to them. There are numerous dating and marriage books on the shelves these days, but I wonder how often The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis is … [Read more...]

And Now, Some Brief Last-Minute Advice About Dressing Up on Halloween

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Maybe your October has been as much of a whirlwind as mine has, and your thoughts about a Halloween costume came to mind a little later than usual. Perhaps you are still wondering how you can pull off a costume for your post-work party tonight or for shuffling the kids to the neighborhood Trunk or Treat. Whatever the case may be, it's Halloween, TOMORROW (or are you reading this on Halloween? In that case TODAY) —and perhaps you still need a costume. Picking the right Halloween costume can … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Can You Relate to This Boy’s Bathroom Troubles?

Ever have one of those days where you practice no self-control when it comes to the food you eat? Sooner or later, you have to face up the the consequences of your eating habits. You'll think to yourself, oh no what have I done? And even if you happen to never know what this kind of ordeal is like, I'm certain you'll get a good laugh out of the bathroom troubles of this hilarious little boy. … [Read more...]

Learning to Trust God through a Friend’s Story

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My husband and I met and married in our college town of Jackson, Tennessee. We had been there for five years, and that place, along with those people, had become our home. A little over two years ago, we made our way to Louisville, Kentucky, and began to make this city our new home. I'll be honest—it was not easy at first. It was difficult to leave Tennessee, and I struggled to believe that we would find the kind of friendships in Louisville like the ones we had established in Jackson. I … [Read more...]

It’s World Food Day! Do You Know What It Means to Be Hungry?

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I've said it, and I'm sure you've said it too: I'm starving. I know that I've never truly been starving; I've been incredibly hungry, but never starving. It's a phrase we use to describe our momentary hunger, not a pervasive state of our daily life. World Food Day gives us an opportunity to consider those who endure harmful, unrelenting hunger—and how we can use our plenty to make a difference for them, both the chronically hungry in our own neighborhoods, and those with even greater physical … [Read more...]


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