How The Lego Movie Helped Me Overcome Fantastical Disappointment

The following contains spoilers for The LEGO Movie.Popcorn, soda, and candy? Check. Everyone is happy.My excitement for The LEGO Movie only grew as I sat in the crowded theater. The humor and creativity teased in the trailers exceeded my expectations. The animation was splendid. The cameos were many—and hilarious. I was giddy for almost the entirety of the film, exclaiming with Emmet, Wyldstyle, and Batman, "Everything is awesome!" (Seriously, I haven't stopped singing it. It's way too c … [Read more...]

How the Church Resegregated Schools in the South

To give you a taste of the kind of content found in each issue of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine, each day for the next two weeks, we’ll be counting down our ten favorite features from the magazine in 2013, allowing you the rare opportunity to read each exclusive magazine feature in full. For more features like this, download the magazine for iPad and iPhone from Apple’s Newstand.  Number 2: We like to imagine that segregation is ancient history. Tyler Glodjo reminds us it's not.“Look! … [Read more...]

Marijuana Legalization in Black and White: The Racial Cost of the Status Quo

My friend Matt was caught smoking pot with his friends in the high school bathroom. He got a slap on the wrist and spent a night in a juvenile detention center. After paying the fines, his parents never mentioned the "incident" again. Matt went on to receive a graduate degree from a top-tier university, and now he's a homeowner with a beautiful family and thriving career. He also happens to be white.I met my friend Jimmy later in his life at a homeless shelter. He was arrested at a young age … [Read more...]

12. Boxers & Saints: “Stirring Up Empathy For Those on Both Sides” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #13: Gravity#12. Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang I was first introduced to Gene Luen Yang when I picked up his graphic novel, American Born Chinese, on the clearance rack at my local bookstore. Yang’s exploration of identity and assimilation through weaving the narratives of an American Chinese boy, an overwrought stereotype named Chin-Kee, and a mystical Monkey King opened my eye … [Read more...]

14. Lorde – Pure Heroine: “Lingers and Demands Contemplation” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #15: The Great Gatsby#14. Lorde - Pure Heroine Lorde’s Pure Heroine debuted to much critical acclaim earlier this year, and it warrants every drop of praise it receives. While only 16 years of age at the album’s release, Lorde, New Zealand-born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, writes about youth with the authenticity of actually being youthful, yet she pulls it off with a rare lyrical maturity th … [Read more...]

23. Disunity in Christ: “A Prophetic Breath of Fresh Air” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #24: When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman #23: Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland It's not hard to develop a biblical argument for unity within Christian churches. We need only go to John 17 where Jesus prays that we all "be one" as he and the Father are one. In fact, there has been much written on the importance of unity for the Bo … [Read more...]

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson on Homosexuality: Abusing the Yuck Factor

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson has recently come under fire for some comments he made about homosexuality in an interview reported by GQ. In all honesty, I'm surprised it took quite this long for controversy to arise from the strong opinions of a conservative gun-toting and bible-thumping family watched weekly by 14 million Americans. In the interview, Phil says many things about his Christian faith, but there are some particulars from the conversation that have stirred up groups like GLAAD which … [Read more...]

Facebook “Likes” Aren’t Enough, But Would a “Sympathize” Button Make it Worse?

Poke, Like...Sympathize?Facebook engineers discussed a previously developed “Sympathize” button to add to the ubiquitous “Like” button with which we’re all familiar. Isn’t it about time we have an option other than “Like” for maintaining our social relationships? For years Facebook’s Like button has performed much more for our online lives than its simple name implies. For example, I Like funny posts because I share in the humor. I may Like a friend's article because I agree with what's been … [Read more...]