About Richard Clark

Richard H. Clark is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture. He has a Master of Arts in Theology and the Arts from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He lives in Louisville, Ky. He is also the managing editor of Gamechurch and a freelance writer for Unwinnable, Paste, and other outlets.
E-mail: clarkrichardh [at] gmail [dot] com.
Twitter: @deadyetliving

Christ and Pop Culture Has Moved!

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Living with Longing: The Genuine Challenge of Singleness, Chastity, and Heartbreak

Romantic love and longing can be polarizing states, because they so often cause us to do seemingly unreasonable, needless things. They lead us to make questionable life-choices, to reconsider our belief systems, to abandon our public dignity in order to affirm and receive affirmation from someone else. The longing for romantic companionship can haunt those who are too young for any practical pursuit of marriage. Many adolescents find themselves existing in a hellish limbo of “talking” and “da … [Read more...]

5. Gone Home: “To be Fearful, Alone, and Disenfranchised” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #6: Twelve Years a Slave #5: Gone Home (PC/MAC) For a long time, games have had the potential to make us better people. They've carried the promise of instilling empathy in the player. They've offerred the means for creators to instill positive values in those who consume their work. But for a long time, those things weren't realities.This year, we saw the release of several games that … [Read more...]

Introducing the #CaPC25: A List of Our Favorite Things of 2013

All this week we at Christ and Pop Culture will unveil our 25 favorite things from the year. It's an extremely eclectic list, comprised of 25 people, works of art, or events that we felt most exhibited God's Grace and truth. The list represents the perspective of our writers, an incredibly talented and diverse collection of men and women who love finding reflections of God's beauty in popular culture.I love year-end lists the most. Too often, entire years can feel dominated by junk, … [Read more...]

11. Netflix and Hulu: “A Relative Amount of Creative Freedom” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #12: Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang #11: Netflix and Hulu What do #8, #9, and #17 on our list have in common? All of them exist (in the U.S. at least) solely on the internet via either Netflix or Hulu, streaming video services that have expanded their original vision from letting us watch existing television programs to creating original programming. You can’t watch House of Cards o … [Read more...]

16. Kentucky Route Zero: “Playing Becomes a Kind of Rest” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #17: House of Cards (Netflix)#16. Kentucky Route Zero (PC/MAC) Kentucky Route Zero deals primarily with the history of work, debt and economics and how those realities impact the human soul. It feels both mundane and surreal, slow and transfixing, horrific and beautiful. The game’s protagonist meanders and trudges along with patience, regret, and hope, a cluster of emotions that the pla … [Read more...]

A Call for Writers

Want to write for Christ and Pop Culture?We’re looking for new staff writers who feel confident and excited about writing about the intersection of the Christian faith and popular culture. Here are some of the things we’re looking for in prospective writers:Perspectives or interests that are currently underrepresented at CaPC. The ability to consistently produce one 600-1000 word feature every other week or one 200-600 word "Of the Moment" piece every week. A commitment to what is co … [Read more...]

Hip Hop, Beauty, and the Eye of the Beholder

You should have seen me when I started studying Christian aesthetics. Beauty, I reasoned, flows from the nature of God Himself; it's an objective and unchanging truth. As a result, that old idiom, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," was total bunk. It was, I insisted, a postmodern ruse designed to undermine the very nature of God.I guess I figured that, if we were all really honest with ourselves, closed our eyes, and concentrated really hard, we might be able to identify once and for … [Read more...]

The Human Generation: How the Last Generation of Videogame Consoles Changed Gaming Forever

We’ve come a long way since the generation that offered up Halo and Grand Theft Auto as exemplars of what games could do. No other generation has ever represented such a massive shift in public perception and understanding of what games are about than the generation of the Wii, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. I could go on and on about this, but here are a few ways games changed that meant something. 1) Real people played together. The generation of the Xbox and Playstation 2 were all about the in … [Read more...]

Taken for Granted: Why the Church Must Acknowledge Illness

There's an old adage that insists we take our own health for granted until we lose it. For me, that wasn't quite the case. I took my own health for granted until I saw my dad, riddled with cancer, lying on a bed parked in front of the television in his living room; until I saw him struggle to get up and walk to the dinner table on his last Thanksgiving; until I heard him hacking and coughing in the bathroom for what seemed like forever. I took my health for granted until the latter half of 2011, … [Read more...]