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...]

Introducing: Christ and Pop Culture, The Podcast

Click here to listen!After nearly a year of dormancy, we're ready to get back on the podwagon: introducing the new Christ and Pop Culture Podcast. Please consider subscribing, enjoying, and reviewing the show, all of which you can do just a few clicks away in iTunes.The CaPC podcast will be published three times a week. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, we'll be keeping up with a wide range of topics--film, music, the church, sports, sexuality, race, etc.--and providing the kind of per … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: All in the Olympic Family

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.Like so many others around the world, I’m watching the Winter Olympic Games and getting my quadrennial fix of sports like the skeleton. I’m still trying to comprehend the allure of sliding headfirst, at speeds approaching 70-80 miles an hour on what one commentator described as essentially a cookie sheet. Yet while I’m not a daredevil by any definition, I found myself … [Read more...]

Olympic Metaphors and Marriage

 By Hannah AndersonLast week, Desiring God posted a piece by John Ensor that likened the complementarian model of marriage to the choreographed movements of a pair of figure skaters. Ensor writes:  Sochi is helping me be a better husband. And the Olympics are freshly making my wife to delight in her role as well. The surprising lesson is on display in figure skating pairs. At its best, this event displays the strength and beauty of unity: how two different people become one. The gold goes t … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: Guilt, Shame, and the Fear of Confession

Warning: This article contains spoilers about the sixth episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season.Each week, Christ and Pop Culture will present an analysis of the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS.Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done.Episode Two: Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost.Episode Three: Downton Abbey: Bring the Light.Episode Four: Downton Abbey: All in the Family.Episode Five: Downton Abbey: Means to an End?This week’s episode of Downton A … [Read more...]

How The Lego Movie Helped Me Overcome Fantastical Disappointment

The following contains spoilers for The LEGO Movie.Popcorn, soda, and candy? Check. Everyone is happy.My excitement for The LEGO Movie only grew as I sat in the crowded theater. The humor and creativity teased in the trailers exceeded my expectations. The animation was splendid. The cameos were many—and hilarious. I was giddy for almost the entirety of the film, exclaiming with Emmet, Wyldstyle, and Batman, "Everything is awesome!" (Seriously, I haven't stopped singing it. It's way too c … [Read more...]

Walking with the Dead: The Trauma and Healing of Community

Each week in “Walking with the Dead,” David Dunham reflects on the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead. How does someone survive psychological trauma? It’s more than a theoretical question for those struggling to survive the zombie apocalypse. The ubiquity of death, threat, and despair has the potential to scar even the most mature psyche. For many people confronting their trauma is their only chance of survival.There’s so much more to fear in the zombie apocalypse than just the dead. W … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Paradox of the Loving Addict

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.I felt tremendous sadness when I learned of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. I could wax poetic about his brilliance as an actor and his contributions to contemporary American cinema, but I am not an astute film critic. Suffice it to say that I always found his characters compelling. I watch, like so many of his audiences, as an outsider, on the periphery of his … [Read more...]

Living with Longing: The Genuine Challenge of Singleness, Chastity, and Heartbreak

Romantic love and longing can be polarizing states, because they so often cause us to do seemingly unreasonable, needless things. They lead us to make questionable life-choices, to reconsider our belief systems, to abandon our public dignity in order to affirm and receive affirmation from someone else. The longing for romantic companionship can haunt those who are too young for any practical pursuit of marriage. Many adolescents find themselves existing in a hellish limbo of “talking” and “da … [Read more...]

Ocean’s 11, 1944: Sorting through the Jumble of THE MONUMENTS MEN

 Picture this: It’s 1941 in Paris, and a young SS commander named Stahl has forced his way into the apartment of a French art curator to notify her that her brother was found to be working for the French Resistance and summarily shot. The curator works for the commander at a museum where Stahl oversees the city’s art collections and picks out the best pieces for shipment back to the Fatherland. He threatens the curator that if he finds her allegiance to lie with the Resistance she to … [Read more...]