Consuming with Clear Eyes: Why Cultural Discernment Is up to You

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A high number of visitors to our Web site find us by googling for answers to the question of whether they should be consuming a certain cultural artifact: Is Twilight right for my child? Is Harry Potter satanic? Is Mumford & Sons a Christian Band? Is it okay to watch or play football? All of these questions betray a perennial problem in the evangelical church: when it comes to questions of discernment, our growth is stunted. We rely on the advice of "experts" and set up extra-biblical hedges … [Read more...]

A Videogame about Cancer, God, and Hope

A videogame about cancer, God, and hope? It's not only possible, it's a reality. Over at Think Christian, Drew Dixon provides an in-depth look at That Dragon, Cancer. Says lead developer Ryan Greene: "I hope that by sharing weakness, players will trust us and by accepting our invitation to walk with us through this valley we've journeyed through with cancer, maybe they will be able to trust in Him." … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The Racial Impact of Miley’s Twerking Debacle

While the focus on Miley Cyrus' VMA appearance has been primarily on the sexualized nature of the performance, there's an undeniable racial element to the whole thing as well. I found two articles to be most helpful in exploring these issues: Tressie McMillan Cottom's "Brown Body, White Wonderland," and Leigh Alexander's "On Twerking "And Being Mixed Race." If you're sick of the whole thing, take heart. These pieces take the attention off of Miley and direct us to the often unforeseen … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: “Freedom’s Ring” Illuminates the Artistic Brilliance of the “I Have a Dream” Speech

It's easy to forget how powerful influential Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech (delivered 50 years ago today) was, but even easier to forget why. This was an incredibly well-crafted and thoughtful speech, a work of rhetorical art that also contained the imperative force of unarguable truth. This online presentation, "Freedom's Ring," is in and of itself a beautiful, informative, striking work of art, and a touching tribute to MLK's culture-changing speech. Spend some time with this o … [Read more...]

The “Blurred Lines” of Summer

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The summer is about innocent, feel-good fun. Well, at least it was, just last year in fact. The song of the summer for 2012 was almost indisputably "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepson's upbeat pop-ballad that revels in restraint rather than indulgence. Things can change a lot in a year. Of course, summer doesn't "mean" anything in any objective sense, besides the obvious weather-related implications. All of the other things we associate with the summer are cultural in nature, the results of our … [Read more...]

“In the Center of the Bullseye”: CaPC Interviews Derek Webb

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For years, Derek Webb has been a mysterious figure in the world of Christian music. While other Christian artists went out of their way to make their fundamental religious beliefs known, Derek Webb followed up his debut solo album, She Must and Shall Go Free  with a series of albums that gave conservative evangelicals whiplash. He was more ambiguous than many would like about core theological concepts, and more vocal than people were used to about controversial social issues. Also, one time he … [Read more...]

CaPC Magazine Issue #10 is Now Available: Nostalgia

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The Christ and Pop Culture Magazine is available for download in the iOS app store for free. After the free sample issue, auto-renewing subscriptions are $2.99 for a month or $29.99 for a year. Each issue comes with six or seven high-quality articles, a mix of exclusive and curated content, and is offered up in an elegant and minimalist format with no ads, widgets or distractions, putting the emphasis on the reading experience.On top of all this, you’ll be helping to support the people beh … [Read more...]

How “The Walking Dead” Solved Videogames’ Christ-Figure Problem

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Spoiler warning. This article talks about the ending of several video games.  The man they call Master Chief has another name. In the first-person shooter franchise, Halo, the protagonist’s real name is John 117, an apparent reference to John 1:17, the biblical verse that reads, “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” In the Mass Effect series, you can name your character whatever you like, they can be male or female, and you can alter their facial featu … [Read more...]

3 Things I Love About Ashton Kutcher’s Teen Choice Award Acceptance Speech

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Who knew? Ashton Kutcher is kind of amazing. At least, he is if this acceptance speech at the Teen Choice Awards is any indication:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuBSRC1zpHwAshton won the "Ultimate Choice Award," whatever that means. Judging from the speech, it's probably a kind of "lifetime acheivement award," where a "lifetime" ends after you're legally able to drink.I never really cared much for Ashton, mostly because I had some vague idea that he was kind of dumb, and also … [Read more...]

CaPC Magazine Issue #9 is Now Available: Community and Education

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The Christ and Pop Culture Magazine is available for download in the iOS app store for free. After the free sample issue, auto-renewing subscriptions are $2.99 for a month or $29.99 for a year. Each issue comes with six or seven high-quality articles, a mix of exclusive and curated content, and is offered up in an elegant and minimalist format with no ads, widgets or distractions, putting the emphasis on the reading experience.On top of all this, you'll be helping to support the people … [Read more...]


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