The Japanese Church: Healing A Wounded Nation

On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan, creating powerful tsunami waves that battered the country's northeastern region. The resulting damage was nigh-apocalyptic: nearly 16,000 people were killed, over 6,000 were injured, and over a million buildings were damaged or destroyed. The earthquake and tsunami caused a massive failure at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power and leaking radiation into the … [Read more...]

What Would a Biblical Immigration Policy Be?

The ongoing debate in the U.S. Congress over immigration reform has seen significant activism and commentary from evangelical Christians, indicating that evangelicals, like most Americans, favor broad immigration reform. The U.S. Senate passed an immigration bill at the end of June, and it is currently under consideration by the House of Representatives. The most prominent group of evangelical leaders and organizations to weigh in on immigration policy, the Evangelical Immigration Table, … [Read more...]

Finding Super-Blessings Among Cinematic Bombs

 Superhero films result in many small blessings, perhaps including the amusing fact that some critics seem determined to coax themselves into disillusionment with the genre.After the last Comic-Con, I’ve heard more such views from secular and Christian critics.Secular critics seem to say: The superhero genre is tired; Hollywood is stretching to make a super-mint. Recently gave its own headline to the Man of Steel sequel story: “Studio tries SUP … [Read more...]

A Spirit of Fear: How Our Assumptions Get In the Way of Loving Our Muslim Neighbors

The following originally appeared in in Issue #5 of the Christ and Pop Culture Magazine and is an example of the kind of high-quality exclusive features that are unique to that format. For more features like this, download our app for iPad and iPhone from Apple's App Store.After a one-week free trial, you'll receive two issues a month and 24 issues a year for only $2.99 for a monthly subscription or $29.99 yearly. New issues are made available every other week. More information here.As my f … [Read more...]

The Last Battle of The Civil Wars

Joy Williams and John Paul White are one of the most surprisingly popular bands of the last few years. Undeniably talented songwriters whose sound has an almost Victorian, nostalgic aesthetic, the Civil Wars’ music is heartbreakingly melancholy and romantic. And that sound won them unexpected popularity, Grammys, and critical acclaim.However sad their music might be, no one expected the full-fledged hiatus and tour cancellation following their success due to “irreconcilable differences." But … [Read more...]

“Silver Linings” and Other Stories We Tell About Mental Illness

 By Ryan MastersThere's a scene in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook that perfectly encapsulates the movie's tension. Pat (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) are sitting in a diner on Halloween, surrounded by people in costumes. Pat orders Raisin Bran so that Tiffany will understand that this is not a date, a gesture that obviously bothers Tiffany. The purple, single-serve box of Raisin Bran becomes the arbitrary boundary between the two mentally ill … [Read more...]

What’s The Best Way To Talk To Little Girls?

I'm sure we've all done it. I know I have. We meet a little girl -- at church, a family reunion, or some other social function -- and the first thing we do is comment on how pretty she looks in that dress, or with that bow in her hair, or in those little shoes. This seems like completely normal, innocuous behavior. After all, what girl doesn't like to hear that she's pretty?However, Lisa Bloom, author of Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed Down World, argues that, while … [Read more...]

CaPC Magazine, Issue #8: All In Moderation

In this issue of CaPCMag, we confront our insistence to overuse and abuse the stuff in our lives. In two exclusive features available only in the iPad and iPhone app we you'll find out the secret to moderating knowledge and read about the challenge of addiction in the church. To read these fantastic articles, make sure you download and subscribe now! (there’s a free trial if you’re uncertain. You’ll love it though, so it’s kinda redundant.)In his cover feature, David Dunham speaks from experi … [Read more...]

Saying No to Yes-icide

Let’s just get it out in the open: We hate saying no.OK, maybe not to everyone—parents say no to their kids all the time—but we definitely hate to say no when we stand to lose something by doing so. For example, it's tough to say no to people whose opinions matter to us—it's just too costly, too fearful, too risky. A recent article at by Nancy Vonk and Janet Kestin highlights this common malady: “We all do it. Almost everyone with a pulse is conflict-averse. We don’t want to … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: Traditionalism as a Shadow of Reconciliation

Music journalist Greil Marcus believes that you can understand a culture if you understand its music. And while statistics are about as reliable as Firestone Tires on Ford Explorers, research has shown that 42 percent of the American population listens to country music. This means that out of every ten blokes you’ll meet, at least four of them probably love that high and lonesome sound. So according to Greil Marcus’ school of thought (and mine, and you know, a lot of people), what is being said i … [Read more...]