Honoring the Difference Our Moms Made

For many of us, a faithful lineage of women has been the source of strength for our families. This Mother’s Day, Christ and Pop Culture honors these women by lending our voices to help girls in India who have been robbed of this vital support system. We are partnering with As Our Own, an organization that rescues girls in danger of exploitation and slavery. As Our Own promises to parent these girls as their very own daughters—for the rest of their lives. Celebrate the amazing women in your life t … [Read more...]

Sports Violence and the Temple of God

On March 2, 2012 the NFL announced the findings of an investigation into the "bounty system" operated by, then New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams.  Since 2009, Mr. Williams operated a program of pay-for-pain wherein defensive players were given bonuses for intentionally hurting opposing players.  In the process of indefinitely suspending Mr. Williams, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also suspended the New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton without pay for the entire 2012 s … [Read more...]

Cory Booker and the Difficulty of Heroes

It was one of those split-seconds that lasts an eternity. To his back there was nothing but flame, and in front there was nothing but the choking blackness of smoke. He was confronted by stark reality: this might be it.It wasn’t, of course, and in saving his neighbor from a house fire, Mayor Cory Booker added one more item to his ridiculous list of superhuman acts. It’s a list that includes chasing muggers, patrolling city streets, organizing pickup basketball games in high crime areas, and men … [Read more...]

Why We Need More Christian Entertainers

Is it just me, or does jumping off of someone's back and doing a karate kick in mid-air make for an awkward transition into corporate worship?I recently attended a concert featuring four popular Christian bands. Three of them asked me and the other audience members to join them in worship. We were asked to repeat simple praise choruses, raise our hands, close our eyes, and sometimes sing lyrics that were projected artfully onto a massive screen at the back of the stage. These musicians leading … [Read more...]

Blue Like Jazz: A New Kind of Christian Film

In a snarky promo video for Blue Like Jazz, a deadpan Donald Miller says of his film, which he and director Steve Taylor adapted from his best-selling book of the same name, “It’s not a normal Christian movie. It doesn’t have Kirk Cameron in it, and Jesus doesn’t come back.” Basically, he and Taylor have done everything in their power to convince us that Blue Like Jazz is not typical faith fare. By that, they’re trying to say it’s more than an immediately dated fixture in the church library.The … [Read more...]

To Syria, With Apathy

For the last fourteen months the crisis in Syria has carefully evaded the lives of most. There have been no successful viral campaigns to raise awareness of the events transpiring in Syria and while there have been a bevy of articles detailing the horrifying situation there, my twitter feed shows few non-reporters discussing the situation at all. Blogtown has been somewhat quiet on Syria compared to Kony, sex trafficking and last years Egyptian revolution. Recently CNN called the crisis in … [Read more...]

This American Lie: The Ecstasy and Agony of Mike Daisey

In 2010, Mike Daisey -- who had previously garnered acclaim for 21 Dog Years, a book and monologue about his experiences working for Amazon in the late '90s -- published a new monologue titled The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. In it, Daisey discusses his geekiness, his love for Apple products, and even his admiration for Steve Jobs's ability to "[make] us need things we never even knew we wanted."His love and admiration took a hit, however, when he read about someone purchasing an iP … [Read more...]

Obamacare, the Supreme Court, and the Darkness of Hearts

In the future, we will look at March 27, 2012 as a pivotal moment in our country’s healthcare debate. The Supreme Court listened to arguments on the individual mandate and to be frank, Obama is going to want this one back. Most experts felt confirmation of the mandate was all but certain. Now, though, it hangs more precariously than ever before.But the debate is interesting for more than discussion of a legal precedent. It forces us to face questions about who we are as citizens, as moral a … [Read more...]

Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Christian Silence & the Need for Radical Grace

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” — Ida B. WellsOn February 26, 2012, a young man named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by an armed neighborhood watch volunteer. Trayvon was not committing a crime at the time, nor was he armed.The shooter, George Zimmerman, was told not to pursue him by 911 operators, but he ignored that instruction.What exactly led to the shooting after that is unclear. The facts may suggest that the shooting itself and the way the case … [Read more...]

The Hunger Games, the Movie, and the Problem of Film Violence

After a particularly emotionally exhausting day last week, I asked my husband to tell me something that would comfort me.“In a few days you get to see kids kill each other on screen,” he promptly replied.It’s true that I’ve been eagerly anticipating The Hunger Games movie for weeks, if not precisely for that aspect of it—but the patent ridiculousness of the statement made me laugh, which was the desired effect. Yet this exchange illustrates one of the biggest dilemmas for The Hunger Games fra … [Read more...]