CAPC Podcast #4: Hot Pockets, Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church, The Beats Music App

Listen here.Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we discuss a wide range of topics and provide the kind of perspectives you've grown to love from our stable of thoughtful, talented writers and editors. Please consider subscribing, enjoying, and reviewing the show, all of which you can do just a few clicks away in iTunes.Today, Editor-in-Chief Richard Clark is joined by Staff Writers Brad Williams and Nick Rynerson to discuss the mysteries of what goes inside the now-recalled Hot Pockets, S … [Read more...]

In Light of Macklemore’s Same Love, the Church is Called to a Different Love

A church choir, stained glass windows, and an altar decorated the background of one of the most daring spectacles in TV history. During the Grammy performance of “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lampert, Queen Latifah officiated thirty-three weddings, many of which were for same-sex couples. The religious message was loud and clear: this is how church should be.Madonna’s appearance for the post-ceremony entertainment was no surprise. Her music is notoriously infused wit … [Read more...]

Is the Proper Christian Response to the Grammys to Walk Out?

Sunday’s Grammy Awards were about par for the course for our beloved and admittedly messed-up pop music culture.  Performance and style ruled the day, perhaps at the expense of artistry and talent.  A few performers delivered the “shock-value” acts that we've come to expect from awards shows, vying to deliver the most attention-grabbing, publicity-worthy performances, including a mass wedding of heterosexual and homosexual marriages. Because if there's one thing pop music loves, it's love, accept … [Read more...]

Those Generous Robots: Daft Punk and Musical Nostalgia

I was initially content to let the 56th Grammy Awards pass me by. Until, that is, I learned that the French electronic music duo Daft Punk -- who would go on to win four Grammys, including "Album of the Year" and "Record of the Year" -- would be performing their hit single "Get Lucky" with Stevie Wonder. The combination seemed like a match made in heaven, and was all the more intriguing given the duo's enigmatic persona and reticence when it comes to television performances.Daft Punk have … [Read more...]

Listening Closely to Wolf of Wall Street: Music as a Moral Clue in the Films of Martin Scorsese

As far as film directors do, Martin Scorsese is the king of being misunderstood. Ever since Mean Streets in 1973, Scorsese has drawn heat for his seemingly sympathetic portrayals of awful people and glorification of depravity. Forty years later The Wolf of Wall Street is drumming up the same criticisms.Not much more needs to be said in defense of Scorsese’s intent and morality. Tons of great reviews and commentaries have come from both inside and outside of Christendom in the last few weeks, … [Read more...]

Hip Hop Out of Nothing: A Disenfranchised Community’s Word-Wrought Empowerment

It's not uncommon to see web, tabloid, and newspaper images of  Jay Z sitting courtside at a Brooklyn Nets game. He's a mogul, a purveyor of "cool," and a world-famous musician; he belongs there, he fits the bill. But the scene is really peculiar within the scope of American history: a black male flaunting his wealth and enjoying the heights of cultural prestige. This image would be unthinkable half a century ago.Why is this would-be peculiarity now the norm for Jay Z, and many other famous b … [Read more...]

Noskalgia: A Sobering Reunion With Five Iron Frenzy

To give you a taste of the kind of content found in each issue of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine, each day for the next two weeks, we’ll be counting down our ten favorite features from the magazine in 2013, allowing you the rare opportunity to read each exclusive magazine feature in full. For more features like this, download the magazine for iPad and iPhone from Apple’s Newstand.Number 9: A Five Iron Frenzy reunion tour concert offers D.L. Mayfield a chance to reflect on where we have been … [Read more...]

2. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City: “The Difficulty of Believing in God in the Modern Age”

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #3: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire #2: Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City When I first heard Vampire Weekend's previous effort, Contra, I found it pretentious and indulgent. No matter how much friends of mine championed their music, I couldn't get over how cheap it all felt. Modern Vampires of the City still feels a little cheap: it asks huge questions and blows them off as bei … [Read more...]

14. Lorde – Pure Heroine: “Lingers and Demands Contemplation” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #15: The Great Gatsby#14. Lorde - Pure Heroine Lorde’s Pure Heroine debuted to much critical acclaim earlier this year, and it warrants every drop of praise it receives. While only 16 years of age at the album’s release, Lorde, New Zealand-born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, writes about youth with the authenticity of actually being youthful, yet she pulls it off with a rare lyrical maturity th … [Read more...]

18. Jason Isbell – Southeastern: “Some of the Most Powerful Fiction of the Year” #CaPC25

All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #19: Feminism#18. Jason Isbell - Southeastern Jason Isbell has always been a great songwriter. For the last decade the Muscle Shoals native has been cranking out good song after good song. But in 2013, Isbell has outdone himself. Coming on the heels of a new start—sobering up and marrying fellow Americana virtuoso Amanda Shires—his fourth solo album, Southeastern, marks a new level of s … [Read more...]