Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 5: Music for a Mad Man

Before the 50-year anniversary of “Doctor Who” on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who’s Doctrine. Part 1: Mad Man with a Box Part 2: Genre Roots Part 3: Exterminating Evil Part 4: The Trip of a LifetimeYour favorite TV series may have fantastic plot twists, excellent effects, brilliant set and costume designs, and memorable actors. But if that series is Doctor Who, none of those have their own echoing magic as the series' cinematic music score b … [Read more...]

Musicians from Warring Nations Gives Us a Picture of Peace

A musician I am not, but if you break out the cello, I can scarcely breathe for the beauty of it. Obviously, cellist Yo-Yo Ma is a favorite. So this NPR article—“A Yo-Yo Ma Project Brings Together Musicians from Warring Nations”—caught my eye. Its author, Elizabeth Segran, details Ma’s vision for music as the basis for intercultural understanding through his Silk Road Ensemble organization: “Bringing together the Galician bagpipe, the Chinese pipa, the Japanese shakuhachi, the Persian kamancheh, … [Read more...]

Finding the Heart of God in a Bullying Prevention Campaign

Looking back on my growing up years, I’d say the tweens were the worst. Late elementary school and into middle school were marked with plenty of drama. Friendships felt tenuous as girls often bonded over the common enemy of the week. Romantic interests were fleeting at best. Staying steady in this tumultuous environment was impossible. In my immaturity, I grasped at whatever straws of security I could get my hands on. Sadly, those straws included adding my laughter when my circle found someone t … [Read more...]

Why Bad News is Good News for ‘The Silver Chair’

Three years ago, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) sank The Chronicles of Narnia fantasy film franchise. But now, as fans are likely to say, “Aslan is on the move” again: As  NarniaWeb reported and elaborated on Oct. 1, franchise shepherd and C.S. Lewis stepson Douglas Gresham has found a new Narnia  film producer in Mark Gordon. Mark Gordon stated, "Like many readers, both young and old, I am a huge fan of C.S. Lewis's beautiful and allegorical world of Narnia. These fantasy … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: Eric Church’s “Springsteen” Is Sort of Like Heaven

I don’t listen to the radio very often. It’s not that I don’t like the radio—the real issue is that I am a CD junkie and my truck is my sound booth. Lately I have been listening to Rhett Miller’s live cover album The Interpreter and Jason Isbell’s new album Southeastern. But when I am with my wife, the radio gets some love. On my way to the grocery store last weekend my wife and I were listening to country music radio and my ears were piqued by a fantastic song: "Springsteen" by Eric Church. … [Read more...]

Free Will Is Real, But Not so Simple

The free will debate is one of those issues that feels a bit worn out to me; it seems no one is saying anything new. But people can say old things in new, more interesting ways. Social psychologist Roy F. Baumeister has done that. He's written an excellent article in Slate, in which he argues both that we have free will and that our ability to make choices does not violate any laws of nature. That's a fairly unpopular thing to say these days. By doing so, Baumeister is going against the current … [Read more...]

What the D.C. Chase Has to Do With How We Act in Church Tomorrow

Thursday, 34-year-old Miriam Carey drove her car into the White House fence. She then tried to ram into other structures and failed. When she tried to make a u-turn to continue her driving bonanza, police opened fire on her car. Initial reports of gunshots fired, Congress on lockdown, and injured Secret Service agents led us to believe that she was also shooting. This obscured an uncomfortable fact: she was unarmed.With a fuller picture of the story, there is no indication of failure of … [Read more...]

Here Is Some Dating Advice You Should Follow from New Girl

Single people are probably tired of getting dating advice from married people like me, because, well, we’re married, and what do married people know about dating in 2013? Unless we count “dating your wife,” a phrase that not only makes you sound like a pastor with hipster glasses and perfect stubble, but also feels a little bit like cheating. The good kind, though.And admittedly, I’m not the best person to dish out dating advice. I can literally count the amount of dates I went on in high sch … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 3: Exterminating Evil

Before “Doctor Who” officially turns 50 this November, Christ and Pop Culture will spend 12 weeks delving deep into the science-fiction series phenomenon. Read Part 1. Then read Part 2. Whenever I talk about Doctor Who with others, the conversation often turns to the show’s cheesiness. As a fan, I don’t mean that disparagingly, but fellow fans, let’s be honest, shall we? From the special effects to the set designs, from the alien costumes to the overwrought acting (e.g., Matt Smith’s twirling … [Read more...]

How Hollywood’s Bro-Fest Hurts Us All

More often than I’d like to admit, I need to fill my quota of mind-numbing movie watching. I become like the zombie in Warm Bodies and feast off the brain matter of someone else’s seemingly more interesting story, so I can escape my own for a while. Therefore, I now confess that I pretty much watched every major film that came out this summer. This puts me in-the-know about everything, because Hollywood rules the world. So imagine my surprise and embarrassment when I decided to read something (on … [Read more...]