Music Matters: The Airborne Toxic Event on Struggles This Side of Paradise

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith.The Airborne Toxic Event continues to explore life’s struggles on The Secret EP released March 11th, 2013.Mikel Jollett, lead singer of The Airborne Toxic Event, had this to say about an artist's expression of struggle (quoting from F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise): "You're not going to live a different kind of life than anyone else. You'll have the same ups and downs as most o … [Read more...]

Podcast #114: Drones, Filibusters, and Duck Dynasty

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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, Christ and Pop Culture editors Drew Dixon and Brad Williams discuss drones and filibusters and debate the merifs of Duck Dynasty.We love feedback. If you’d like to respond, you can comment on the Web site or send an e-mail to christandpopculture@gmail.com. We’re also on  … [Read more...]

Notes from the Margins: What We Talk About When We Talk About Abuse in the Church

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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.A popular blogger wrote about a recent scandal. There was a church; there was a school; there are allegations of past sexual abuse of minors that were dealt with in unsatisfactory ways. There are active lawsuits, and the church organization actively seeking to dismiss them based on first amednment rights. It should be a surprising story, but it isn't.Tim … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: The Side Effects of Hopelessness

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Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.***Spoiler Alert***Set with great effect to a memorably haunting Thomas Newman score, Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects begins as a puzzle to be pieced together by giving the viewer a flash-forward glimpse of an apartment floor spoiled with fresh blood. The film is framed so as to leave the viewer with a foreboding sense of impending violence. After sufficiently provoking us with the question of what is going to … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: Ronnie Fauss and the Narrative Heart of No Depression

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.Great Americana music isn’t too difficult to find, at least if you are searching for it. Not because there is an abundance of it but because you can tell who gets Americana music (or No Depression) by looking at their influences and the bands they cover. And slowly, one great artist will lead you to another great artist and so on. If … [Read more...]

Music Matters: Delighting in Silence

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Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith.An examination of the importance of silence in connecting with our God.Lent is a season of giving up something or taking on something new, to refocus the entirety of our being to the triune God. Since we are in the midst of this season, I thought I would reflect on our daily consumption of music and the need for us to engage more often with God in times of silence and stillness. … [Read more...]

Podcast #113: Christian Music, Worship Music, and the Harlem Shake

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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 are joined by Pop Matter's events editor, Kiel Hauck to discuss the problems with what we call "Christian Music," then veer into what make Praise and Worship music great. Finally, they discuss the possible problems with the … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

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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. It’s that dismissal of children, that nostalgic lens for regarding childhood as a state free from the weight of real fears or anxieties, that bothers me.March 2nd marked the 109th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ birth (he died in 1991); this past weekend, readers all over the country celebrated with “Read across America,” an event that honors the beloved children’ … [Read more...]

Notes from the Margins: Swords into Plowshares, AK-47s into Shovels

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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. There are a few books and movies that have played major roles in my spiritual formation. The book of 1 John. Missionary biographies. Mere Christianity. You get the picture. But one of the stranger ones was a cheaply made documentary that my new husband picked up at a punk rock show. I can still recall the first time I watched it, my memory c … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: Ivan & Alyosha

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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.Yesterday, Seattle folk-pop band Ivan & Alyosha released their debut album, All the Times We’ve Had. Now, I’ve got to confess, I am hooked on this band right now so everything I say is in the context of “gushing fan.” However, Ivan & Alyosha have something special to offer the American music scene. And with the rising populari … [Read more...]


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