…by the Bell, Chapter 4: Does God Get What God Wants?

Read part 1 – Preliminary Discussion. Read part 2 – Chapter 1 & Introduction. Read part 3 – Chapter 2 Read part 4 - Chapter 3Christ and Pop Culture writer, Ben Bartlett and guest-writer, Kiel Hauck, two friends who spend their Friday nights playing video and board games in between heated theological, social, and political discussions, come together to hammer out their thoughts about a book that seems to have most other evangelicals shutting down lines of communication, intentionally or not … [Read more...]

Rebecca Black, Stephen Colbert, and the Ethics of Mocking for Charity

I tried really hard to avoid watching Rebecca Black's music video "Friday" but somewhere around Twitter/Facebook status number 75 or so, I finally gave in and watched it. I am not going to lie--I laughed ... alot.The video was posted on Youtube about a month ago and has since received 87,944,639 hits, 1,760,908 comments, and countless parodies, dubs, and remixes--many of which have also procured a staggering number of hits. Late night comedian Jimmy Fallon jumped on this phenomenon in an … [Read more...]

…by the Bell, Chapter 3: Rob Bell's Hell

Read part 1 – Preliminary Discussion. Read part 2 – Chapter 1 & Introduction. Read part 3 - Chapter 2Christ and Pop Culture writer, Ben Bartlett and guest-writer, Kiel Hauck, two friends who spend their Friday nights playing video and board games in between heated theological, social, and political discussions, come together to hammer out their thoughts about a book that seems to have most other evangelicals shutting down lines of communication, intentionally or not.Each week, they’ll re … [Read more...]

The Not So Radical Book: A Review of David Platt's Radical

David Platt, pastor of Church at Brook Hills in Alabama, may be quiet, unassuming, and modest, but his book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream is anything but. The book is a barrage of challenges and hard-nosed critique of the church. Of course, there are a million books like that, a new critique of the church seems to come out every month. There is something that makes Platt’s book different, however. His critique is not merely presented in terms of cultural context, but it … [Read more...]

…by the Bell, Chapter 2: Is Heaven Now or Later… or Both?

Read part 1 - Preliminary Discussion. Read part 2 - Chapter 1 & Introduction.Christ and Pop Culture writer, Ben Bartlett and guest-writer, Kiel Hauck, two friends who spend their Friday nights playing video and board games in between heated theological, social, and political discussions, come together to hammer out their thoughts about a book that seems to have most other evangelicals shutting down lines of communication, intentionally or not.Each week, they’ll read one chapter, and t … [Read more...]

With Limited Interruptions, Part 2: Three Months Without Pop Culture or Other Distractions

Read Part 1.There are some things you can just never get away from. Like cell phones, Lady Gaga, and mullets and the county fair they are everywhere. As I sat in Borders a few weeks ago it occurred to me that pop-culture is like that. I was reading and drinking my coffee while music played over the air waves, magazine covers proclaimed news (and not news) to me, and my daughter watched cartoons on my iPad. There was simply no escaping pop-culture, despite the fact that I have been on a … [Read more...]

Repent, for the Stupocalypse is Nigh!

I have a confession to make: I am prone to doom-and-gloom scenarios regarding the future. I’m not talking about 666 or the moon turning to blood. I experience existential despair over a future in which commas roam free over the fields of independent clauses, in which people define themselves by corporate slogans, and in which face-to-face contact with other human beings is optional. In other words, I am old and cranky, and I fear the coming of the stupocalypse.When a fit of curmudgeonliness c … [Read more...]

A Child-like Faith in a Freakonomics World

I want you to imagine a beautiful building.  Inside, chubby young data analysts lecture sixty year old baseball executives on drafting strategy.  Homeless people are invited to come in for a meal, but before receiving food they are given a twenty-question survey by a grave old economist.  Nooks and crannies in the aesthetically pleasing walls have displays (shrines?) about things like the iPad and Excel 2010.  The bulletin advertises the upcoming TED talks, the sermon is delivered by a skinny Can … [Read more...]

With Limited Interruptions: My First Month without Pop Culture or Other Disctractions

I hate saying it, but the honest truth is that I miss Facebook. I also want to watch a movie and yesterday I wanted to play a video game really bad. I anticipate, starting next month, that I will miss coffee even more. After one month of my three-month-long experiment, removing film, TV, and leisure internet, I have learned much about myself.For starters I have learned that my default mode, most days, is to watch TV, play video games, and surf the web. It struck me almost instantly how … [Read more...]

Play in Process: The Patient Assassins

Each week in Play in Process, Richard Clark shares what he’s been playing and why it means something to him.It's been out for a while, but I've recently regained interest in the multi-player mode of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Here's my thesis: If you're the kind of person who finds the standard fast-paced, shooter-based multiplayer games overwhelming and or boring, this is for you. Here are some things that set apart Assassin's Creed's multiplayer from any other game:An emphasis on pati … [Read more...]


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