The Kiddy Pool: Having It All…Or Not

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.By many standards, my husband would appear to “have it all”, a phrase thrust into the media mainstream by Anne-Marie Slaughter’s controversial article in The Atlantic this week. My husband works as an English professor in a tenure-line position: his work is intellectually fulfilling and he enjoys his colleagues as well as his students. His summers are devoted primarily … [Read more...]

Under the Sun: Depoliticizing the Pulpit

Each week in “Under the Sun,” Jonathan Sircy examines the history of a cultural practice that’s generating buzz at CaPC.“When I warn against the politicizing of the church, I do so not to diminish her power but to increase it.” – John Piper“Overall, it's not the task of the church as church to take political stands or provide political information.” – Marvin OlaskyThis November, Minnesota’s voters will see the following question on their ballots: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amend … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: Your Life as a PR Campaign

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.Why is the use of social media so popular? It’s fun. It’s lighthearted. It offers a reprieve from life's heaviness.This is also why businesses are benefiting from social media. It provides a place for customers to interact casually with the brands they love, personifying them, integrating them.Although our personal updates are in-the-moment comments about the dailyness of life, f … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Karen Klein, Jerry Sandusky, and Redemption

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.New York bus monitor Karen Klein made national headlines last week when the video of middle-school boys bullying her went viral. I have abstained from watching the video itself, because the coverage of the incident depicts the vulgar and graphic cruelty sufficiently enough that I don’t think I can stomach witnessing it firsthand. Since the video became fodder for na … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Why didn't John Piper Endorse the Marriage Amendment?

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church. There is an intriguing article in the StarTribune entitled, "Key Minnesota Pastors opt out of Marriage Fight." One of the main pastors mentioned is John Piper. Why, do you suppose, would John Piper, who is hardly one to hold back what he thinks, choose to remain silent regarding the marriage amendment that Minnesota will soon vote on? After all, the amendment seeks to define marriage as … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: McDonald's, Photoshop, and Why We're Lovin' It

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.Psst. Have you heard?McDonald’s is coming clean.That delicious burger you see in its ads? The one with the cheese melting and the mustard and ketchup dripping?It’s not your average McDonald’s hamburger. All the components are the same—bun, burger, condiments—but the execution of a drive-through burger is nothing compared to the rigorous assembly of a burger heading to advertisi … [Read more...]

Under the Sun: C.S. Lewis, Swimsuits, and Social Propriety

Each week in “Under the Sun,” Jonathan Sircy examines the history of a cultural practice that’s generating buzz at CaPC. “Everything is relative--girls weren't wearing thongs or getting bikini waxes, but they were coming to school in knee-length skirts, wearing lipstick and smoking.” Joshua Zeitz, author of Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern; man.“[W]hile the rule of chastity is the same for all Christians at all times, the rule of propriety … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: You have no Idea how Biased You are, but I Do. You’re Welcome.

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Consider these scenarios: You get an email from a friend with a news clip about a Texan who fought back against his freedom-hating Muslim neighbors by holding pig races on his farm; you assume the report was an accurate account of the situation and forward the email to other friends. You read a headline from Robert Spencer saying that an h … [Read more...]

How Having Children Changed Us

We asked various contributors to Christ and Pop Culture to respond to the question: "How has having children changed the way you interact with and think about popular culture?" Here are six varied responses to that question. Please share your own response in the comments. (Originally published August 2011)"Parenting Collaboration Business" by Erin Newcomb, writer: Nearly everything toddler-accessible in my kitchen is child-friendly; that’s the strategy I’ve used throughout my home, and it’s one … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: The Body Beautiful

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.Summer is creeping up on me fast.There are so many more wardrobe decisions that seem to come along with the warmer months. Hemlines sneak their way upward. Necklines slink lower. Tanks, camis, and tube tops beckon from hangers, promising relief from summer heat. Shorts, cropped tees, bikinis... Here we go again. How short is too short? How small is too small? A … [Read more...]


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