Kiddy Pool: Calling All Parenting Experts!

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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. This weekend, NY Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote the opinion piece “A Childless Bystander’s Baffled Hymn” to the mingled celebration and chagrin of his audience. Bruni says little that is actually new to the parenting blogosphere; it’s the same old lament about modern parents who supposedly don’t discipline, over-praise, over-negotiate, over-indulge on … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: This is [Not] a Film

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Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.Editor's Note: This is Not a Film is available via Netflix DVD service.One of Iran's acclaimed directors, Jafar Panahi, is arrested on March 1, 2010. Often critical of the Iranian government, Panahi is charged with collusion with the intent of committing crime against national security and of "propaganda against the Islamic Republic." Due to international outcry, he is released from prison after three months but … [Read more...]

Music Matters: David Bowie, Still Not Quite an Atheist

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith."All clichés are true. The years really do speed by. Life really is as short as they tell you it is. And there really is a God--so do I buy that one? If all the other clichés are true..." David Bowie Last week, Jimi Hendrix reigned in the number two spot on the Billboard 200 and this week that position is filled by David Bowie's new album The Next Day. It is only fitting that one of Bowie's s … [Read more...]

Notes from the Margins: The New Radicals are Already Here

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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.Being a radical Christian has its perks. The word (if not entirely the concept) sells books, DVDs, conference tickets, and lends a patina of spirituality to all those who claim it. Identifying with this word (or its cousins subversive and/or counter-cultural) has thrust more than a few teachers and authors into the limelight. As Matthew Lee Anderson chronicled … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: What Hootie Taught Me about Contextualization

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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.I’ve had a rocky relationship with popular country music over the years. I often find the culture surrounding it to be unapologetically ignorant and the landscape to be littered with really bad songs. However, there seem to be more really, really good songs in pop country than most any other popular genre. I try to approach pop co … [Read more...]

Podcast #115: We Discuss Lean In, and the New Pope, Pope The New Pope

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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 Ben Bartlett sit in a room and hammer out the implications of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, the bestselling book about women in the workplace by Sheryl Sandberg. Then, naturally, they talk about the pope.We love feedback. … [Read more...]

Music Matters: The 21st Century Return of Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Church Music

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith.“It’s funny how most people love the dead, once you’re dead you’re made for life.” – Jimi HendrixPeople, Hell and Angels, the final posthumously released album from Jimi Hendrix, debuted on the Billboard 200 at the number two spot. Hendrix died over 40 years ago, yet surprisingly, he is still able to garner enough attention to land him on the top of the charts beating out Bruno Mars, M … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: The Monster in the Mirror

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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. Beware the monster in the mirror; it might just be you. My little one loves to look at her reflection. Few things make her light up like looking at herself. If she gets to a place where there are low mirrors (like the children’s museum or the kids’ space at the library or a nasty public bathroom), she speed-crawls over and tries to lick that little mirr … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: “Planet of Snail” and When the Darkness and Silence are with God

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Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.Editor's Note: Planet of Snail is available via Netflix DVD service.Part of the 2-becoming-1 processional act that is marital life is the presence of daily obstacles or tasks that a husband and wife partake in together. Often it's a matter of divvying up the workload so that more is accomplished in a shorter amount of time; yet, sometimes, a particular task requires the couple to tactically become one cooperating … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: What Makes a Record Great. ‘Rattlin’ Bones’ after Five Years

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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.I listen to a lot of music, especially Americana music. And I am usually not too terribly particular when it comes to tossing something into the CD rotation in my truck. Most records come and go within a few weeks, but some stick around for weeks on end. I can’t always say what makes a record different for me. Sometimes it’s just outr … [Read more...]


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