Elsewhere: Honoring Steve Jobs, Immigration Crackdown, Hipster Sports Fans

Jason There are plenty of Steve Jobs-related pieces floating around the web, including one of my own. But I think that John Gruber’s is my favorite.Calvin Seminary has recently started a fascinating series of articles on religion and science titled “What I Wish My Pastor Knew...”.The New York Times recently explained why you really, truly love your iPhone. However, neuroscientist Tal Yarkoni calls foul on the piece and explains why it’s all bunk.PopMatters looks at Andrei Tarkovsky (one of … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: "…And The Deaf Hear…"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsOo3jzkhYA&feature=mfu_in_order&list=ULGo grab a box of tissues before you buffer this one.Usually a video goes viral because its content is outrageous or humorous, either intentionally or unintentionally, and typically at someone’s unfortunate expense.  But every so often, a video makes its way through the group-share ringer because it’s incredibly moving or shockingly beautiful.The woman in this video is hearing for the first time in her life than … [Read more...]

Reading Through "Half the Church", Part 1: The Gospel Is Bigger Than We Think

For years now, the Christian community has pondered how to make the Gospel relevant to those outside our bubble. I’ve long wondered if the trouble wasn’t so much the Gospel’s irrelevancy as it was our own.In reading Carolyn Custis James’s Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women, I am finding support for my theory—while also feeling the burn from ideas that don’t land where my opinions have currently taken roost. During this series, you can feel the burn too by joining this ir … [Read more...]

The CaPC Podcast #99: Discussing Politics Without Ruining Dinner

Click here to listenThat's right, it's the return of the Christ and Pop Culture Podcast. While we're hoping to provide conversations between all kinds of CaPC writers (more on that next week), we're starting the relaunch with the classic duo: Ben Bartlett and Richard Clark.This week, they kick things off by candidly discussing Richard's recent Feature about the past and future of the site, Christ and Pop Culture: Already and Not Yet.After that, they focus in on the nature of political … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Care to See Charity?

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Over the last few weeks I have been profoundly troubled by a vice that is fairly common in the church. To address this issue, which I believe comes directly from the uncritical adoption of the rhetoric of the world into our speech, I'm go to shy away from my typical style--close analysis of cultural events and the ideologies. Please bear with … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Free to be Freida

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.There are a lot of Freidas at our house. It’s my daughter’s latest naming trend, and I have no idea where it came from. We don’t know anyone named Freida and I can’t recall any stories with a Freida, but suddenly we need a numerical system just to differentiate the Freida crowd. One of our extended family members was not so thrilled about this, and promptly told my dau … [Read more...]

Ray Comfort's 180: Pass It On?

Christ and Pop Culture's writers are pro-life, but when 180 began to go viral, we found ourselves at odds about the film. Is Ray Comfort's signature socratic style a model for Christians to follow when debating the issue with other Christians? More crucially, does every Christian have a responsibility to post videos like this on their Facebook walls so that their non-Christian friends can watch and learn from them? On the other hand, is the video too flawed to support in any way? In order to try … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: The Preacher and Popular Culture

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.We're all crazy, every last one of us. The world is crazy, too. We have a bunch of crazy people running around in a crazy world trying to make sense of all the madness. That's why Lady Gaga wore a meat dress: because we are a bunch of crazy people in a crazy world, and she is obviously crazy, just like the rest of us.Because of technology, modern pop culture reveals our insanity more quickly … [Read more...]

Making Sense of "Culture Making", Part 10: Grace & Some Final Thoughts

In my previous Culture Making article, I discussed power and community as necessary elements of any sort of culture making enterprise. In this article, I'll be focusing on grace, which might just be the most important."Grace" is one of those words for Christians, and by that I mean a word we use all the time, though we may not always know what it means, or why we're using it. In his wonderful book, What's So Amazing About Grace, Philip Yancey writes that "grace" may be our last best word: … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: The Face of Food

Lately my daughter has been raising a lot of interesting questions about animal ethics. While stroking a faux-fur vest at the mall, she turned to me and said “Mommy, where it face?” I wasn’t sure how to answer that one. She also insists on calling the turkey in her Thanksgiving play-set (yes, those things exist) “turkey food.” She’s never eaten meat, and I’m not sure she understands the connection between the actual birds she regularly sees on farms and the decapitated, featherless figure in her … [Read more...]