About Kara Bettis

15. The Great Gatsby: “An Absurdity That Speaks a Twinge of Truth” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #16: Kentucky Route Zero (PC/MAC)#15. The Great Gatsby Nick Caraway likes New York. He likes having rich parties, seductive women, and sensuous alcohol at his fingertips. His life exists as a bystander to an affair between his cousin Daisy and newfound friend Jay Gatsby. What is life? Possibly, one constant party into another, or else broken hearts, shredded dreams, and seeking an encha … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Mean Pictures and Internet Bullying

Happiness as a Second Language author Valerie Alexander writes at The Huffington Post about internet bullying. She is outraged by cruel memes and mobile photos of our frumpy neighbors. Can we treat people as imago dei online too? … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The Edventure Project

The Miller family seems to have life figured out: They travel, live simply, and share their stories with others. Their hippie blog shares their lives as homeschooling global pilgrims who have ridden camels, met the Maya, and biked across Europe—all with four kids. Brazen and inspirational, the family shares stories as they travel, ending up on a different continent almost every year. … [Read more...]

The Paradox of Living in the Face of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is more or less synonymous with awareness, and maybe the movie "Taken." Last year, when I began to seriously pursue a solution to the injustice of 27 million people enslaved, I asked several of my abolitionist friends: “How can I help?”Their first response more or less paraphrased as: “Know what is occurring, and tell your friends.” Within a year, I have watched multiple documentaries, read dozens of articles, researched countless organizations, and conversed a hundred times … [Read more...]

Fighting Trafficking with Boom Bap and Rap

Welcome to that culture where we speaking loudThey crying out but all we do is quiet down.Crying over material, whining over appearance thoughGod these kids dying over things we’re ungrateful for.King Kulture: Stop the Traffic opens with these wrenchingly true lyrics by hip-hop artist Kidd. August 27, Rapzilla will release their second compilation album for a cause—this year supporting the fight against human trafficking. Featuring 20 different Christian hip-hop artists, inc … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Lily and Madeleine

Lily and Madeleine are the teenage girls that our culture should listen to instead of Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry. Similar to the pop stars, these two sisters wallow in unrequited love and adolescent angst. Unlike Cyrus and others, Lily & Madeleine produce talented and clean folk music and have just produced their first EP, downloadable for free. … [Read more...]

New Adult Fiction’s Unhealthy Marketing Gimmick

Somewhere between the Twilight series and The Nanny Diaries, publishing marketers decided that twenty-somethings lacked a relevant fiction genre. YA novels hold our attention and adult fiction contains the thematic content that we greedily consume, yet neither adequately address the awkward Peter Pan phase many millennials experience.In 2009, St. Martin’s Press challenged novelists to a contest in which they introduced the New Adult Fiction genre—fiction aimed at the average twe … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: A 40 Day Platonic Experiment

Two brave New Yorkers decided to explore platonic relationships among men and women in a very tangible way.  As the only singles in their friend group, Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh decided to overcome their relationship problems by dating exclusively for 40 days and blogging about their experience. Forty days of dating records their daily observations from earlier in the year, making for a slow reveal. … [Read more...]