Citizenship Confusion: Atheists Are Idiots, Really?

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Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world. Have you heard the one about the Atheist University Professor who was famous at his school for mocking Christianity and a belief in God? You know, the one where a brave Christian student finally stands up to the teacher and calmly and articulately reveals the irrational basis of the “professor’s” atheism and thereby causes the … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Why I Prefer a Troublesome Santa

I came across an 1838 painting called Saint Nicholas by Robert Walter Weir in this month’s Smithsonian magazine. Let’s just say it’s not the image of Santa Claus that most of us conjure today. The painting shows a trickster character, elfish with a mischievous (almost malicious) expression and clothes that honor the Old Dutch inhabitants of Weir’s native New York. Of course, Weir’s depiction is largely overshadowed by the earlier work of Clement C. Moore, whose “A Visit from Saint … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: Your Best Work Now!

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging. As a writer and marketing communications specialist, I regularly need lengthy chunks of time to think and stare at the blank page (or out the window). When that time shrinks, so does my creativity, and my work suffers. Therefore, I am constantly reassessing my schedule to ensure that I have time to do my job well. Scott Belsky calls this our “sacred space” in an article … [Read more...]

The CaPC Superlatives: Noteworthy Achievements in Concerts, Games, and Music

As our year-end Best in 2011 Pop Culture listings take shape, we’ve found some odd, off-the-wall nominees for a quirky Honorable Mention category. We’ll give you a few each Wednesday to tide you over until the Best Of lists are revealed. _______________________ Best Rawk Show: The Bazan Band, New Brookland Tavern, West Columbia, SC — Jonathan Sircy David Bazan runs a tight ship, something that’s probably even more true now that he has ditched the Pedro the Lion moniker. The last four … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Ray Comfort and the Victim Complex in the American Church (Updated)

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world. A few months ago, I had the pleasure of hearing James Davison Hunter speak on his book, To Change the World, (read our review here). One of the most insightful comments that he made was that the American Church sees itself as a victim, as the persecuted minority, when, in fact, Christianity is one of the most influential forces in our … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: Influencing People for Good

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging. There are people in this country who missed Thanksgiving dinner, on purpose. They gave up the yummy casseroles and sleep-inducing turkey to camp in front of a retail store and await its opening for Black Friday's consumerist goodness. Marketing specialists call this phenomenon “social proof.” In an article written by Aileen Lee, social proof is defined as “the positive … [Read more...]

Eat Your Vegetables: "Gulliver's Travels"

High-brow Cultural Vegetable of the Week: Gulliver’s Travels Vegetable Equivalent: Broccoli, a vegetable forced upon you as a child but returned to with enthusiasm as an adult Nutritional Value: Improved eyesight; greater awareness of proportion Recommended Serving Size: Parts One and Four and a refusal to accept the 2010 Jack Black-vehicle adaptation as a substitute Great satire makes unfamiliar the things we take for granted. Properly deployed, satire forces us to be both the observer … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: Facebook Stocking Stuffers and Liking Things

Each Wednesday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads. If Black Friday didn’t hit you in the back of the head hard enough (I hear some people actually did come home with concussions this year, unfortunately), it’s time to wake up and start your Christmas shopping. NOW. If you’re desperately looking for Facebook-related stocking stuffers, you need look no further than the Like/Dislike rubber stamp … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Tame Your Tongue!

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church. I cannot say this any plainer than James said it under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, "The tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell...no human being can tame the tongue...it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison" (James 3:6, 8). Jesus teaches us that … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: Christmas Rage Available at Kohl's (Rebecca) Black Friday

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging. Holiday advertising has been increasing over the past few weeks as stores gear up for our country’s infamous mega-shopping day, Black Friday. One store's advertising, however, may have just destroyed its Black Friday rush. Kohl's Department Stores released a TV spot promoting its Black Friday midnight opening by tweaking a song that got plenty of press this past year. Just … [Read more...]