Looking Forward: General Culture in 2009

Many Christians remain on the defensive in response to the culture around them, pointing out dangers and condemning anything that makes us uncomfortable. We find warning and condemnation to be a valid position, but not a valid default position. In order to demonstrate an alternative, we thought we'd demonstrate what it's like to give popular culture the benefit of the doubt. All this week, the writers at Christ and Pop Culture will be playing the role of evangelist for some of the things we're … [Read more...]

Billboarding Our Way to Morality

My wife and I just finished visiting my family back in California. It took us over 25 hours each way to drive from our apartment in Texas to Southern California, which gave me plenty of time to listen to podcasts (including the last CAPC episode) and check out the scenery. As we drove through Palm Springs on the I-10, I noticed a series of billboards with a common theme. Apparently people in the Palm Springs area lack character and ambition, because along one short stretch of the I-10 there are … [Read more...]

What Christians Are Saying About My Tattoos, And How I am Responding

Tattoos have been around since the earliest days of civilization. Though not found among the Jews, body modification was common to numerous other people groups. Among Christians, however, there has not been much of a history of tattooing. When it became a part of western culture in the 18th century, it was largely considered by Christians to be unacceptable and taboo. Today it is an issue that is still debated. As both a Christian and one who has tattoos I hope to show that there is nothing … [Read more...]

What was Actually So Great About 2008

In January, I wrote about the culture events I most looked forward to in 2008. Some events turned out to be better than I expected, others much, much worse, and still others never even happened. Now that 2008 is coming to a close, I thought it would be a good time to look at my predictions and see which cultural events actually had an impact this year. TV My prediction: Star Wars the Clone WarsThe last film I saw in theaters this summer was perhaps the worst movie I have even seen (and, Lord … [Read more...]

RetroPost: God-Clause – Reflections on Santa and Theology Proper

In RetroPost, we feature a post from at least one year ago (ancient in pop culture time). The posts are featured because they have some relevance to current happenings, because they are timeless in nature and speak to a relevant issue, or because we plan on providing a follow-up in an upcoming post.This Week: Some holidays provided renewed opportunity for debate every time that time of the year rolls around. Halloween, July 4th, and Christmas all provide ample opportunity for lively debate … [Read more...]

How the Grinch Stole Christmas from Christians

Like many of you, my wife and I have been celebrating the Christmas season by watching those cheesy holiday specials on TV  like Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie Brown, and, of course, the Grinch. I've noticed something this year, however, that I guess I hadn't put much thought into in previous years. The major theme on all these specials can be summed up as follows: Christmas is all about the goodness of the human heart. It seems a commendable theme, doesn't it? And yet it strikes me as one totally c … [Read more...]

Why I Hate “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

I hate the song. I love the season. I hate the song because I love the season. For me, going shopping anywhere—usually the grocery store, because I avoid everywhere else like the plague—between Thanksgiving and December 25 is an exercise in self-control. The minute I hear someone warbling “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” it’s all I can do to keep from steering my shopping cart straight into the woman wearing the Santa hat. Don’t get me wrong: I love music. I even love Christmas music (and by … [Read more...]

RetroPost: Could You Play Gay?

 In RetroPost, we feature a post from at least one year ago (ancient in pop culture time). The posts are featured because they have some relevance to current happenings, because they are timeless in nature and speak to a relevant issue, or because we plan on providing a follow-up in an upcoming post.This week: The reaction to Proposition 8 has been a substantial one, and the average American is grappling with homosexual issues now more ever. Even today, gay people across america were … [Read more...]

Podcast #34: Rich and Ben "Put a Ring On It"

Click here to listen!This week: Rich and Ben discuss an unlikely, but surprisingly imperative subject: Beyonce. Listen to hear why you should even care. Also, "Brighten the Corner Where You Are," Facebook, and death on Black Friday. Special Bonus: Ben answers for his anti-Christmas sentiments in this week's listener feedback segment.Posts Discussed in this episode:“Brighten the Corner Where You Are”–and Beware the Devil-Possum!RetroPost: Your Life in 12 Words or LessA Blackened Frida … [Read more...]

A Blackened Friday

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 with total depravity) has created. How a mass of people can continue to walk over an actual human being lying on the ground is mind boggling to me, and then to find out that they have, by their combined efforts, killed this man is an outrage. Of course I can't help but wonder how … [Read more...]


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