Podcast #73: The Games

Which is more meaningful? Video games, or the Olympic games? Rich argues that recent video games have broken new ground in areas of subject matter, character development, and emotional resonance. After they talk about that for a while, Ben and Rich try and figure out if there's anything noteworthy to talk about concerning the Olympic games. Like maybe curling?Every week, Richard Clark and Ben Bartlett acknowledge and respond to the big issues in popular culture. We love feedback! If you’d like … [Read more...]

Questioning Matthew Paul Turner: Part 2

Matthew Paul Turner is a popular Christian writer and speaker. His newest book, Hear No Evil: My Story of Innocence, Music, and the Holy Ghost, is now available in stores.My copy was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.You can download the first chapter here then go here to purchase it.Read Part 1 of this interview.I talked with Matthew recently about the book, as well as, his thoughts on honesty, humor, and a whole host of other hot and/or holy topics. … [Read more...]

Questioning Matthew Paul Turner: Part 1

Matthew Paul Turner is a popular Christian writer and speaker. His newest book, Hear No Evil: My Story of Innocence, Music, and the Holy Ghost, is available in stores today.My copy was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I enjoyed Hear No Evil but I expected I would. I will say I think my mom would like it and I’d even recommend it to my non-believing music snob friends. Will it change your life? Only The Secret can do that but this will make you laugh and t … [Read more...]

Poor Jack

With the final season of Lost just around the corner, a lot of the writers at Christ and Pop Culture have finally found a television show they can agree on. From it’s beginning, it’s dealt head on with issues of morality, spirituality and faith. Most importantly, it’s a show that is thoughtfully and artfully produced, presenting us with a unique plot and real, empathetic characters. Naturally, it’s a perfect show for CaPC writers to discuss in our Water Cooler series.Leading up to the season pr … [Read more...]

Is "The One" Worth Searching For?

The idea of "the one" or a "soul-mate" is quite common in popular culture today.  The Twilight series based 4 rather lengthy books on this concept (I am not sure how, but its an impressive feat nonetheless).  I will never forget Serendipity, whose plot is based on two people who met briefly in the past who later in life attempt to reconnect because each simply feels that the other is "the one."  Even some of the most popular romantic comedies play off this idea on some level--Sleepless in Se … [Read more...]

Your Status Update Is A Fire!

The Apostle James had great concern for the Jewish Christians to whom he wrote, primarily that they would not be hearers of the Word of God only. Faith without action is dead, he writes. And so it is that if we only hear the Word of God but don't then apply it to our lives then we evidence a pathetic, dare I say, disingenuous faith. Of course that is a primary concern for us here at Christ and Pop Culture as well. We don't want to confess Christ is Lord of most of our lives but then when it … [Read more...]

Why Brian Johnson is Wrong about Bono

According to AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Bono should keep his charitable giving to himself.The raucous rock 'n' roller spoke out against U2's philanthropist front man. Johnson said, "When I was a working man I didn't want to go to a concert for [someone] to talk down to me that I should be thinking of some kid in Africa." We're all familiar with the argument. Seeing a friend throw a plate of food away I once channeled finger-wagging moms everywhere and chided him, "think of the poor, starving … [Read more...]

Protecting the Bible Post-Apocalyptic Style: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of The Book of Eli

The world of The Book of Eli is a vast wasteland of death and destruction, controlled by criminals, plagued by cannibals, and rampant with injustice.  The nuclear war that left the world in such disarray was caused by religion, particularly abuses of the Bible.  Thus Bibles were systematically destroyed and only one Bible remains—the “Book” of Eli, the movie's protagonist—which is the last known King James Bible.  Thus Eli has a book that many want destroyed and others want to steal in order to e … [Read more...]

‘Lost’ Patience

With the final season of Lost just around the corner, a lot of the writers at Christ and Pop Culture have finally found a television show they can agree on. From it’s beginning, it’s dealt head on with issues of morality, spirituality and faith. Most importantly, it’s a show that is thoughtfully and artfully produced, presenting us with a unique plot and real, empathetic characters. Naturally, it’s a perfect show for CaPC writers to discuss in our Water Cooler series.Leading up to the season pr … [Read more...]

Super Sunday: The Day Masculinity Dug its Own Grave

One of the oddest days in the U.S., Super Sunday, can seem like some sort of cultural bizarro world. Those who dislike sports not only put up with it for several hours, but often get invested in a football game of which they had no knowledge or interest beforehand, which speaks to the power of the social event and the shared experience. Even more odd, and perhaps more sinister, is the fact that a huge majority of people who watch the Super Bowl also look forward to the commercials. Something … [Read more...]


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