Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Christian Silence & the Need for Radical Grace

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” — Ida B. WellsOn February 26, 2012, a young man named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by an armed neighborhood watch volunteer. Trayvon was not committing a crime at the time, nor was he armed.The shooter, George Zimmerman, was told not to pursue him by 911 operators, but he ignored that instruction.What exactly led to the shooting after that is unclear. The facts may suggest that the shooting itself and the way the case … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: An Apology for the Other Trayvon Martin

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them.You don't know the other Trayvon Martin. You might know his picture was posted by thousands of people on Facebook because he was confused with the Trayvon Martin who was recently killed by George Zimmerman. All we know about the other Trayvon Martin is that he a 17 year old boy who happens to have a picture of himself in sagging pants throwing double … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Thank You for Being a Friend

Some primary schools in the U.K. recently espoused a “no best friends policy,” a move that mirrors practices described in a 2010 article of The New York Times: “A Best Friend? You Must Be Kidding.” Both plans illustrate anxiety with the exclusivity that comes with best friendships and seek to discourage those tight bonds to avoid bullying, cliques, and the pain that can accompany friendship “breakups.” While I agree that educators should encourage children to work with different people and to pra … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: Christians and the American Dream

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.Traditionally speaking, the American Dream has referred to each citizen’s right to pursue ongoing and ever-growing economic success, usually defined by home ownership, a bulky retirement, and plenty of gadgets and toys. In sum, it’s materialism. It defines our mindset and rules our lifestyle. Materialism could be argued as the American Christian’s polytheism of choice: stuff + Jesus. … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: iPods (iPhones) and Community

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.I'm tired and mentally spent from a long week of dissertating, grading, family, and CaPC; so, rather than write up some half-hearted and quarter-adequate column on GCB (which would have had the tantalizing title, "Bigotry, Blasphemy, Boycotts, and 'Belles.'" Sorry, kids), I decided to take a look at the Christ and Pop Culture archives and r … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Into the Woods

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.I love night running in the wintertime. I love the way my neighborhood changes in the early twilight, lit up by Christmas lights. I love taking off on a path in the woods, where the snow amplifies the moonlight and the muffled sounds transport me to Narnia. I fell in love with running long before I fell in love with my husband, long before I fell in love even with God. … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: Target Shooting for Non-Violent Types

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.Let’s say you had a political disagreement with someone — maybe your spouse or your kid. Let’s say your brother. The discussion got heated over an important topic that would direct the course of your lives and those around you.When neither of you would back down from firmly held stances, you both decided to end the discussion and part ways. Later, you stop to see your brother, just … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: He Said What?!

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.Slut.Whore. Hoe. Skank. Slag.Slut.Ugly words. In light of Rush Limbaugh's very public outburst, maybe it's time to start a conversation about why these words still have so much power. After all, Mr. Limbaugh has made a career for himself out of being inflammatory--and, by extension, incredibly rude--so why all the outrage over this statement? Don't we have h … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: You Might as Well Abandon the Catholic Church

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.I wanted to be mad at this Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) ad, which will soon be placed in the New York Times. It calls for Catholics to take action against the Catholic Church’s opposition to free-contraception-for-all. The action FFRF recommends? Quitting the church. Check it out:When groups cry out against religion and church and call it all negative, I get a bit per … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: John Piper and an Entertainment Addiction

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.The basis for my column has been the idea that U.S. Christians live in multiple kingdoms with conflicting values, and that we have to diligently discern our values and intentions or risk unknowingly buying into the ideologies of competing kingdoms. The two major kingdoms in the US that compete with the Church are the State and the Market. … [Read more...]


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