The Moviegoer: The Renovative View From Up on Poppy Hill

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Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films. During an early scene in Gorō Miyazaki's From Up on Poppy Hill, our attention is directed to a high school in Yokohama, Japan. Poppy Hill tells the story of 16 year old Umi Matsuzaki who, in this particular scene, is sitting outside enjoying lunch with a couple of friends. Suddenly, the lunch is interrupted when, next door, a crowd of boys from the high school emerge dutifully from the Latin Quarter, an ancient, dusty … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Iconic Star Wars Composer Likely on Board for “Star Wars: Episode VII”

Good news! Looks like J.J. Abrams will be enlisting the iconic John Williams to compose the soundtrack for "Star Wars: Episode VII," due out in the summer 2015. … [Read more...]

Podcast #118: Pam, Jim and the Office (Plus the Cussing TV Anchor)

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Every week on the Christ and Pop Culture Podcast, various Christ and Pop Culture writers delve deeper into recent articles and address some of the bigger issues in popular culture. Click here to listen! In this episode of the CaPC podcast, Editor-in-Chief Richard Clark and Associate Editor (we guess?) Ben Bartlett take time to contemplate the relational direction of the final season of The Office and how it reflects human nature. They also explore the various reactions to the "Cussing TV … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: The Salvation of George Jones

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Each week in God and Country Music, Nick Rynerson gives country music a chance and examines the world of Americana, folk, alt-country, and popular country music. The passing of George Jones this past week brought about a storm of nostalgic tribute from NPR and The New York Times and even Russell Moore. And at this point, there isn’t much that can be said that hasn’t been. Jones (or “The Possum”) was one of the most influential musicians in 20th century American Country. His distinct … [Read more...]

Music Matters: Naming Names in Shai Linne’s “Fal$e Teacher$”

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith. Exploring the controversy over Shai Linne's "Fal$e Teacher$". http://youtu.be/pl4WevY-GPU When Shai Linne’s Lyrical Theology Part 1 dropped at the beginning of April one song stood out, “Fal$e Teacher$”. In the final hook of the song, Shai does the unthinkable; naming the names of twelve different pastors (Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, TD Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Paula … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: A Walk in the Woods, with Children

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Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture. Last week, NPR’s Adam Frank published a piece called “Noticing: How to Take a Walk in the Woods.” Frank advises us to tap into our inner scientists by slowing down and taking more time to observe, reflect, and ask questions about the world around us. About a year ago, I discussed a related issue when I reviewed Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods. I … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: Tracking the Legacy of Tragic Secrets in The Place Beyond the Pines

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Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films. An essential image in Derek Cianfrance's latest film, The Place Beyond the Pines, is of roughened, local-star stuntman Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) sitting idly on his motorcycle at a traffic light intersection, looking up at the looming TrustCo Bank. It's one of the few pauses during the film's first hour, when Luke is often flashing like lightning across each scene. We're not exactly privy to what's running through … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Do We Need the Word of God on Our Guns?

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Every Thursday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world. Among all the wonderful promises Jesus gave His church perhaps the most difficult to understand and accept is the promise of persecution. But there it is, in John 15:20. If they persecuted Christ, the world will certainly persecute His church. And Christ has been faithful to that promise, as church history shows. Despite the long and … [Read more...]

Music Matters: What Can Metal Tell Us About the Importance of the Resurrection?

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith.   "Metal bands understand the importance of the resurrection because if it is true it changes everything." The resurrection of Christ. Not only does all of history hinge on that event but without it the gospel crumbles apart. While every aspect of the gospel is important, the resurrection in particular is what makes all the rest of gospel matter. The New Testament writers … [Read more...]

Kiddy Pool: Noah’s Ark, or the Apocalypse for Kids

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Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.   In Adam Rex’s novel The True Meaning of Smekday, narrator Tip tries to explain the story of Noah’s Ark to her new alien friend J.Lo. Tip describes the wallpaper from her childhood bedroom: “it had cute pictures of Noah’s ark. His boat. Adorable little zebras and elephants and things. It’s a popular story for little kids, I guess because of … [Read more...]


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