RetroPost: A Blackened Friday

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: After a relatively quiet Black Friday, it seems fitting to remember just how ugly Black Friday can become, as it did in November of 2008...By now I’m sure you’ve all heard that a man was trampled to death at Wal-Mart while opening the doors for “Black Friday.” It’s a sad testimony to the greedy, self-absorbed culture that American consumerism (combined … [Read more...]

Outraged at Amazon?

Oh the irony! One minute, I was singing the praises of Amazon after receiving notice that my copies of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Absence of Mind were shipping several days earlier than expected, and the next, I was wondering if I would ever be able to purchase from the online retailer again without somehow endangering my immortal soul.The cause of my sudden moral crisis? Shortly after the shipping confirmation arrived in my inbox, I came across several articles revealing that Amazon was, … [Read more...]

Podcast #98: Who's Reggie Bush?

Let's get this straight: Rich doesn't know all that much about sports. But he watches it. That's pretty much all you need to know about this episode, other than the fact that the following topics are addressed:President George W. Bush's new book, Decision Points and the concept of legacy Kanye West and the graceless response to his antics Cam Newton and the mid-season crisis. Waiting for Superman and the failing education system. Thanksgiving and a pressure-less holiday.Click here to … [Read more...]

The Problem of Homelessness

This week is National Homelessness Awareness week. The epidemic that is homelessness certainly warrants at least a week of thoughtful conversation and prayer. It's a problem all over the world and impacts even small cities like mine. My small community of 21,000 people has a real problem with homelessness. It's often connected to our massive substance abuse problem, but what surprises me the most isn't that this small town has drugs and homeless people. What surprises me most is how little … [Read more...]

Podcast #97: A New Leaf

After a bit of a hiatus, the podcast returns! Now a twice a month, more casual affair, every episode we'll simply get together and talk about popular culture. What will we talk about? Whatever happens to be on our minds. It's that simple!This week:Violent video games and the Supreme Court Mid-Term Elections and a fickle public Halloween and scary media Brette Favre, Randy Moss and ethical sportsmen The Rocky Horror Picture Show & The Rocky Horror Glee ShowClick here to listen!We … [Read more...]

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...]

Embracing Our Ghosts

For the most part, Christians have taken a principled and solid stance against the existence of ghosts - or at least ghosts as they are thought about in popular culture. Because we have been given direct revelation about the nature of the afterlife, we understand that there is no allowance in Scripture for an earthly purgatory where the souls of men roam for any length of time.Many Christians who do claim to have witnessed some supernatural activity often attribute it to one of two parties: … [Read more...]

RetroPost: How to Celebrate “Reformation Day” Without Being Weird

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: If you're not rethinking Halloween, you're most likely celebrating another holiday on October 31st. David Dunham provides some helpful hints.Just in case you were unaware: October 31st is an important date for Protestants, and it has nothing to do with Halloween. October 31st is known as Reformation Day. It was this day in 1517 that Martin Luther, a … [Read more...]

Text and Image: How Biblical Art Points us to Worship

Art, in the strict sense of created images, often passes by my eyes with little effect. I respect true ability in this area. I wish I could see in paintings and sculptures the multi-layers of meaning and creativity. Yet my few experiences in art museums or galleries often become long day dreams awaiting the end of the visit.Recently, my normal encounters with art were push aside. Baylor University currently displays the collections of two artists, Marc Chagall and Georges Rouault, whose … [Read more...]

RetroPost: Rethinking Halloween

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: With Halloween just around the corner, many Christians are engaging in a yearly ritual: debating with others and themselves whether Halloween should be engaged in at all. Ryan Holmes rethinks the issue...As I grew up my family didn’t participate in Halloween. And by not participate I mean lights off, lock the door, and hide out. In essence H … [Read more...]