Notes from the Margins: Dove Makes us Feel Great in All the Wrong Ways

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Each week in Notes From the Margins, D.L. Mayfield writes about the kingdom of God, marginalized people groups, and popular culture.Judging by the amount of shares, clicks, and likes, I was not the only woman who teared up whilst watching the newest ad from Dove, called Real Beauty Sketches. I couldn’t believe it as it was happening, as I was already biased against feeling anything—I have longed trained myself to laugh at what the advertisers are trying to sell me, not swallow it hook line an … [Read more...]

Podcast #117: The Gosnell Tragedy, How Sex Affects Faith, “Accidental Racist”

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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!Now we've done it. It's a controversy-cast. Editor-in-chief Richard Clark and associate editor Ben Bartlett bit the bullet and tackled the three most controversial issues from the last few weeks. Hopefully if you're listening to this podcast that means you'll hear us out as we struggle to … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: In Praise of Ordinary 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.Intelligence in our children, whether normal or advanced, is in no way a virtue. In last week’s The Atlantic, Olga Khazan related a research study about parents’ descriptions of their children; it turns out, unsurprisingly, that the way we describe our children reflects what we value in our respective cultures. As Khazan states: “Americans also seem preoccupied with … [Read more...]

Music Matters: In Search of 90’s CCM that Doesn’t Suck

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith.A search for Contemporary Christian Music from the 1990's that is aesthetically pleasing and theologically rich.Flavorwire recently provided their list of “In Search of Christian Music that Doesn’t Suck” which includes U2, Sufjan Stevens, Pedro the Lion and Faith + 1 (that's right, a fake band from an episode of South Park). Not to be outdone, I completed my own search but specifi … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Machiavelli and the Pruning Parent

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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.I have come to believe that the slippery slope, while fallacious when used in writing, applies to parenting. To put it more colloquially, give kids an inch, and they’ll stomp all over you for a mile. I don’t mean to say that I parent tyrannically, but that any exception to the reasonable, memorable, and well-established household behavioral standards requires an i … [Read more...]

Music Matters: Death, The End of All Things and Hope Laid Up in the Heavens in Muse’s “Exogenesis Symphony”

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith."Our wonder will become realigned to God’s grace and our hope is not in escaping this earth but making our stand here as the God of the universe one day will bring heaven down to us."From the day we are born, all of us are spiraling towards one thing—death. Yet in most Western cultures we rarely think about death on a personal level. Not many of us wake up in the morning struggling “wi … [Read more...]

Notes from the Margins: The Mindy Project–A Once in a Decade Opportunity

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Each week in Notes From the Margins, D.L. Mayfield writes about the kingdom of God, marginalized people groups, and popular culture.The show Girls gets a whole lot of attention in the media world. Lena Dunheim, hailed for her emotional honesty and clear-headedness when it comes to body image, is at the top of the pack of in-demand writers and performers. Critically acclaimed and successful, Dunheim has hit the jackpot. She is funny, unapologetic, driven, and smart. Lena Dunheim is one of a … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder” and Psalmic Yearning

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Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. [Psalm 143:6] Blessed God, Israel’s God, the one and only wonder-working God! Blessed always his blazing glory! All earth brims with his glory. Yes and Yes and Yes. [Psalm 72. 18-20] --- Near the beginning of Terrence Malick's To the Wonder, there's a scene in which Marina's (Olga Kurylenko) young daughter, Tatiana (Tatiana Ch … [Read more...]

Podcast #116: GDC 2013 and The State of Videogames

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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!This week, editor-in-chief Richard Clark and editor Drew Dixon meet up in San Francisco in the midst of the Game Developers Conference. Joined by special guests Josh Larson and Ryan Green, two Christian game developers working on a heart-rending project, they take the time to discuss how … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: Jason Molina’s Heaven Bound Hope in Brokenness

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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.Last month, American folk music lost one of its best songwriters to a vice all too common to musicians: alcohol. Jason Molina was a constant on the music scene for the better part of fifteen years, putting out over a dozen albums between solo releases and his two bands, Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co.Actually, I haven’t listened to … [Read more...]


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