The Most Popular Posts of 2010: #7 – The Problem With the "What the *Bleep* Church"

Perhaps you saw this photo on Facebook or Twitter: a church had hung three brightly colored banners over its front door that read "Worship", "Teaching", and "Friends". When put together they created that most (in)famous of Internet acronyms.As someone who graduated with a degree in advertising, and whose day job is at a marketing firm, I'm probably more sensitive than most to marketing -- especially marketing that may be beyond the pale, or at the very least, embarrassing and even potentially … [Read more...]

Composition and Content: Seeking Excellence in Art

I have long believed that we (humans), being made in the image of God, are little creators. We all have outlets for this need to create. Artists, I think, are a proof of the Truth God spoke when He proclaimed this. In light of this belief, I’ve recently begun to think of art in a new way. Who am I and why should you care? I’m the brand new writer for Christ and Pop Culture, your favorite blog. Well, maybe I’m not actually thinking of art in a new way. Maybe I just started distilling how I was alr … [Read more...]

The Most Popular Posts of 2010: #8 – Inception: Reality is Not a Game

Every Tuesday and Thursday for the next five weeks we’ll be counting down the most read posts of last year. This week, how Inception draws inspiration from video games, and how that should affect our understanding of the film and our lives.This is going to sound like a stretch to you, but it’s not: Inception is about video games… kind of. While the primary theme of the film had something to do with reality and love (I’m sure Adam can tell you all about that), the movie actually had a fascina … [Read more...]

Four Crucial Technology Landmarks in 2010

Last year a COLLIDE Magazine article once again raised in important question: “It’s 2010? Where’s my Jetpack?”. This look back at technology in 2010 starts with a similar question.Where’s my XBOX720?The PlayStation was released in the US in 1995. The PS2 and XBOX were released in 2000-01, and were followed by the XBOX360 and PS3 in ‘05-06. So where’s the next generation of consoles? There’s a simple answer: they’re not coming. The seventh generation of gaming consoles was built for growth, us … [Read more...]

Meloncholy and the Infinite Madness: Tucson's Horror and the Brokenness of Mental Illness

The horror from Tucson is unlikely to leave our minds anytime soon. Fine public servants—including a Democratic congresswoman and a conservative judge—were despicably shot by Jared Loughner in broad daylight. Though bad enough, these casualties did not encompass the entire carnage. A sweet little girl also fell to this man’s gunfire, never to rise again, at least in this life.The gunning down of fellow citizens and of public servants presents us with evil as old as Cain’s killing of Abel. That … [Read more...]

Living the Christian Tension: Keller and VanDrunen on Christian Cultural Engagement

Christianity welcomes its adherents to a tension. It is the tension of being in the world but not of the world. It is the tension of being a community set apart as the Bride of Christ and being a part of the ethnicities, nations, and families whose membership does not preclude unbelievers. From Biblical times to the present, the best means of living out this tension has caused discussion and disagreement in Christ’s Body. The last few months are no exception. Two recent books by Christian t … [Read more...]

Our Ten Favorite Video Games of 2010

Far from an objective declaration of the best video games out there (you'll notice a distinct and shameful lack of Wii games), the following is a list that we have compiled of our favorite games of the past year. These are games that we had the chance to play, and that we loved not just for their value proposition or for their genuine ability to entertain, but for their undeniable beauty. For the most part, this is a list of experiences. The great thing about games, is that they are experiences … [Read more...]

Christ and Pop Culture’s Guide to Christmas

We thought we’d document all of the Christmas-related stuff we’ve posted in since Christ and Pop Culture’s founding in a way that is helpful to you. Each post is labeled in terms of questions you may have that the posts answer. We hope you find them helpful.In the meantime, we want to know how you celebrate Christmas (or don’t). Comment and share your favorite Christmas traditions, or non-traditions.Is Christmas about more than celebrating Jesus’ birthday?What do we do with Santa Claus?W … [Read more...]

RetroPost: A Christian Defense of a "Secular" Christmas

RetroPost is a weekly repost of an older Christ and Pop Culture that has some relevance to current pop culture events or releases.This Week: An appeal for a more laid back - but no less thoughtful - approach to Christmas.It starts every year, right after Thanksgiving, commencing with the biggest shopping day of the year and finally ending with the welcoming of a new year. It causes stress and intensifies family divides. Of course, I’m referring to the great debate about how (and whether) C … [Read more...]

I Laughed At Hipster Hitler, But I Didn't Like It

I have a confession to make: I laughed at Hipster Hitler. Hipster Hitler is a clever web comic that features the well-known dictator as a trendy young hipster trying to be cool while also taking over the world. He dabbles often in irony, sarcasm, and supposed "hipster" stereo-types: fixies, underground music, and organic food. The comic is often very funny. The creators play on lesser known puns which create some witty and intelligent humor. Yet I have a serious dilemma. I can appreciate satire, … [Read more...]