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RetroPost: Rethinking Halloween

RetroPost is a weekly repost of an older Christ and Pop Culture that has some relevance to current pop culture events or releases.This Week: With Halloween just around the corner, many Christians are engaging in a yearly ritual: debating with others and themselves whether Halloween should be engaged in at all. Ryan Holmes rethinks the issue...As I grew up my family didn’t participate in Halloween. And by not participate I mean lights off, lock the door, and hide out. In essence H … [Read more...]

How (and Why) I Cut the Cable

Just over three and a half years ago my wife and I moved into an apartment complex that offered cable television as an amenity. It was great while it lasted. December 31 of 2009 was the end of the free ride. We quickly realized it was going to cost some serious coin to continue the setup we had. So come 2010 we had a choice to make: pay $47.99 (plus fees and taxes) for standard cable + $14.98 for DVR + $43.99 for high speed internet or cut back. Essentially we’d be paying around $120/month for t … [Read more...]

The newest tablet on the block…

If you’re an Apple fan (or full on fanboy) our holy father, his royal Steveness has spoken from on high today. “Not since Moses came down from on high with those commandments has a tablet generated so much interest,” noted the Wall Street Journal.Apple announces the release of the iPad today. The actual device won’t be available for another 60 days (90 days for the 3G + WiFi edition) so you’ll just have to pour over the pictures for now (or here). Prices are straight forward: $499 for the 16G … [Read more...]

Music + Advertising = Free Downloadable Music

A new distribution model for downloading music is in its beta phase. As the founder of the company puts it, “We have made this process easier than stealing.” … [Read more...]

Rethinking Halloween…

As I grew up my family didn’t participate in Halloween. And by not participate I mean lights off, lock the door, and hide out. In essence Halloween was a yearly hurricane we had to weather and avoid. We survived the onslaught if we didn’t have to interact with anyone. Trick-or-treaters—avoided. Parents with miniature superheroes next to them—avoided. Other Christians—avoided.In recent years I’ve been thinking about whether that is a distinctly Christian response to Halloween or not. Ultimatel … [Read more...]

The Power of Community

“You’ve just stopped being a study group. You’ve become something unstoppable. I hereby pronounce you a community.” Jeff Winger, played by Joel McHale, with that line sets the tone for NBC’s new television show, “Community.” The show focuses on an ethically questionable lawyer, Jeff Winger, who is stripped of his law practice and forced to attend community college with an eclectic staff and student body.The climax of the pilot episode, from which the line above comes, seems to drive home one … [Read more...]