How Should Christians Think About Gay Marriage?

Most days, I’m glad you can’t see the discussions that go on between Christ and Pop Culture's writers. They tend to consist of teasing, arguing, teasing, complaining about life and culture in general, teasing, countless inside jokes, and the occasional substantial conversation. It can be a little overwhelming. When I come home from work (where the ongoing conversation is unavailable to me), I often have to set aside over half an hour just to catch up on the flow of conversation from the day… and  … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Are You Dad Enough?

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.Like just about everyone else in the blogosphere, I noticed the May 21, 2012, cover of TIME Magazine featuring Jamie Lynne Grumet breast-feeding her toddler. The cover features a stylish, attractive woman doing something socially unconventional in this country, and doing it in what even the photographer admits is not a typical pose. Next to the pair is the headline “A … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: How to Make a Proper Apology

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.We’ve heard plenty of public apologies recently. First was Rush Limbaugh. Then Ann Rosen. Now Mitt Romney. Each one tried to own-up to erroneous attitudes, comments, and behaviors by crafting a statement of regret and releasing it for the world to read, analyze, and judge.Why is it that these public statements tend to fall flat on our ears? And why do they rarely touch the heart de … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: Advice for Graduates

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them. Graduation is upon us. A time of reflecting on the past and dreaming of the future. It is also a time to give people lots of unsolicited advice because most of us have been there before and so we think we know a thing or two about how to conduct oneself in the post-high school world. So, graduating senior, whether you like it or not, get ready … [Read more...]

Why Christians Shouldn't Write Off The Occupy Movement

Though it’s strapped for cash and coming out of hibernation, the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to press on, six months after its fiery start on September 17 of last year. The resurgence of the movement is a chance for Christians to enter into fruitful dialogue about Christian parallels to the movement, as well as the spiritual insights derived from the protests.It seems as though most Christians paid attention to the movement for roughly the first month, made up their mind that the mov … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Child-Free by Choice

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.Élisabeth Badinter’s European bestseller The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women has found no shortage of critics on this side of the Atlantic. Most of the controversial press comes from Badinter’s claim that breastfeeding is oppressive, a position made more polemical because the author’s public relations firm represents major formula brands … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Why I Criticize the Church

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Criticism is always hard to take. And criticism of your community, by those within your community, can be even harder to take. It's much easier to receive rebuke from those who belong to the Other Side because you can always write it off as a difference in "worldview." At times in my column (but not all the time), I have sought to lovingly … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: Global Warming Debate Leads to Chicago Billboard Slander

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.Chicago commuters had ringside seats to the latest bout in the fight over global warming. In one corner, it was the global warming opponents (represented by The Heartland Institute). In the other, the global warming advocates. And Heartland’s recent, very public punch, was delivered via this Chicago billboard:Wow. That’s harsh.On its Web site, Heartland has compared global warmi … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: Is Youth Ministry Unbiblical?

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them.Scott T. Brown believes that modern youth ministry is "an unbiblical concept borrowed from humanistic philosophies." That is a bold statement. As the Family Pastor of my church and one who oversees our church's student ministry, I am very much interested in getting to the bottom of whether Brown's claims are accurate.Recent surveys suggest that as many a … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Got Preschoolers? There’s an App for that.

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.According to the research group The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, more than 80% of the apps sold in Apple’s “Education” category are intended for children. More than half—58%—of those target toddlers are preschoolers. At over a dollar per app, these statistics indicate a considerable and growing market, raising questions about the quality and purpose of “4 … [Read more...]


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