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...]

Eat Your Vegetables: "Jane Eyre"

Each week in Eat Your Vegetables, Carissa Smith shares the benefit and appeal of some more high-brow culture we should be consuming.The release of a new film version of Jane Eyre makes this a perfect time to reread—or encounter for the first time—Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel of a “plain” governess who asserts her right to love and be loved. And I speak as someone who doesn’t really like Jane Eyre—or anything written by any Brontë—but who has developed an appreciation for it through the reading … [Read more...]

The Most Popular Posts of 2010: #2 – Questioning Matthew Paul Turner: Part 1

Matthew Paul Turner is a popular Christian writer and speaker. His newest book, Hear No Evil: My Story of Innocence, Music, and the Holy Ghost, is available in stores today.My copy was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I enjoyed Hear No Evil but I expected I would. I will say I think my mom would like it and I’d even recommend it to my non-believing music snob friends. Will it change your life? Only The Secret can do that but this will make you laugh and t … [Read more...]

To Change the World: There Are Better Reasons for Engaging Culture

When I attended the undergraduate institution informally known as “the Harvard of the Christian schools,” during the first chapel of each fall semester, we would sing together the college hymn, prominently featuring the college motto, “For Christ and His Kingdom.” The hymn also contained the infelicitous lyrics “New calls to challenge all our pow'rs / Of heart and hand and brain,” causing rows of English majors to cringe at the awkward word—and on at least one occasion inspiring a chapel prank in … [Read more...]

The Most Popular Posts of 2010: #6 – Hipster Christianity: Did You Know That You're a Hipster?

Currently, as I type this article, I am sitting in a dimly lit coffee shop with books next to me sipping on my mocha, listening to Sufjan Stevens play over the house stereo. I am wearing a slightly tight fitting retro 8Os tee, Dickies shorts, and black chucks. Tomorrow night I will be going out with friends to drink imported beer and talk about the plausibility of theistic evolution. The church I preached at on Sunday morning was full of people with tattoos (including the guy behind the … [Read more...]

Our Ten Favorite Books of 2010

1. James Davison Hunter, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World James Davison Hunter, a sociologist at University of Virginia, provides a helpful and timely analysis of how American Christians tend to conceive of and participate in “culture.” The book begins by laying waste to the cherished evangelical notion that culture resides in the hearts and minds of individuals. Hunter is equally critical of the Christian Right (Dobson, Pearcey, et … [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...]

Mockingjay's Hermeneutics of Suffering

The end volume can make or break a series. So often, the final book, whether in a trilogy or a longer series, can leave readers dissatisfied, either in a hollow, “I wanted more than rice cakes for dinner” sort of way or in an indignant, “I am going to expunge from my shelves any record of my investment in this author” sort of way. The Amber Spyglass. Breaking Dawn. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Each of these has sparked divided response (some more divided than others—I recognize that I’m … [Read more...]

Catching Fire: Team Love Triangle or Team Dystopian Grit?

This is the second article in our series on Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy. It's largely spoiler-free, but those who want to remain completely unspoiled might want to save it until after reading the book.Ah, the adolescent love triangle—in the post-Twilight world of YA fiction, we must now pledge our allegiance to Team Edward or Team Jacob, Team Peeta or Team Gale, in spite of the fact that it’s generally clear who will win the heroine’s affections in the end. As a reader who was drawn … [Read more...]