The Female Gaze: Summer Reading for Jr. Princesses

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.I've been noticing lately that "princess culture" has been getting a bad rap, and I'll admit it's mostly well-deserved. However, some of my favorite fictional heroines as a girl were, in fact, princesses—girls with sass, class, and some pretty hardcore fighting skills! So, just in case you know any little girls about to outgrow the two-dimensional characters fav … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: Is YOLO Worth Redeeming?

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them.I recently took the high school graduates in my church on their senior trip. These students had been very active at our church, serving both the student ministry and the wider church body and so I wanted to reward with a special trip of their own choosing. During the trip, my wife and I learned about the new phrase that was going around, "YOLO" which … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: It Takes a Village (of Time-Traveling Dinosaurs)

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.My toddler and I watch Dinosaur Train nearly every afternoon after she wakes up from her nap. The PBS show follows the Pteranodon family, a nuclear clan of 5 pteranodons and an adopted Tyrannosaurus Rex named Buddy. During each episode, Buddy and his family explore the Mesozoic Era, meet its inhabitants while learning about the natural world, sing catchy tunes, and, of … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Meriting Our Daily Bread

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Note: In preparing for this week's column, I realized that the topic I had chosen was too large to address in a column, so in the next week or two you should see it as a feature. For now, I've resurrected an old feature that seemed particularly relevant in light of the election and the recent Supreme Court Ruling on ObamaCare. I've revised … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Is Arizona Persecuting Home Bible Studies?

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church. I was eating breakfast Wednesday morning with a church member at a local diner. The large LCD television was set to FOX news, and the headline that I glimpsed as I was draining the last dregs of my coffee was, "Pastor Arrested for Preaching!" I was surprised and immediately intrigued. The day before, I had heard of Pastor Michael Salman's arrest via this article I had come across. I felt that … [Read more...]

Under the Sun: Patriotism Inside the American Church

Each week in “Under the Sun,” Jonathan Sircy examines the history of a cultural practice that’s generating buzz at CaPC.In his recent feature “The Separation of Church and Patriotism,” Brad Williams writes that “worship and patriotism don’t mix.” I was glad to see Brad explain the theological underpinnings for such a claim as I had been thinking through this same dilemma.On the Sunday morning preceding Brad’s post, my wife and I sat through a church service that featured boy scouts parading t … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Waiting on Faith and a Fictional Goose

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.My elder daughter has developed a mild obsession with the book Here Comes Gosling, written by Sandy Asher and illustrated by Keith Graves. The story tells the tale of a frog who spends all day eagerly preparing a party to meet his friends’ new baby gosling. Froggie even makes up a song about waiting, and repeats the song and the line “Can’t wait!” until the baby arrives … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Towards Freedom of Religion, for Everyone

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church. One of the things we Americans thrilled to celebrate on the Fourth of July is the fact that our country protects our freedom of religion. Notice carefully that I did not write that the United States grants us freedom of religion, I wrote that it protects our freedom of religion. We believe that our freedom to believe as we choose is a right granted to us by the Creator, not by the federal go … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: Jedi Mind Tricks of Advertising Really Do Work

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.Lots of people claim that advertising doesn’t really work. I disagree. Good advertising works so well that people don’t even realize what hit them. It’s sort of like the Jedi mind trick of the Advertising Realm. With the wave of a hand and the power of suggestion, good advertising leads the viewer to think the thoughts they want them to think.That’s what happened to the people of T … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: A Time for Justice

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.An open letter to Master Sgt. Greg Pendleton.Dear Sir,As a concerned American citizen, I am writing to you in regard to the rape scandal that has recently emerged on the Lackland Air Force Base and the comments that you made in response to the incident in question.You, Master Sgt., were quoted as saying the following: “A person sitting in that seat, they’re … [Read more...]


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