How the Supreme Court ‘Decided’ the State of Race in America

Is Jim Crow dead? Do we live in a post-racial America? The Supreme Court seems to be saying: "Officially, yes."The Civil War ended with the surrender of the Confederate States of America. The American South went from holding human beings as property to a regime of formal equality with the stroke of a pen—but no one was under the illusion that a culture could change so quickly. The Union Army occupied the South in order to implement some measure of freedom and equality for the newly freed b … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Lowe’s versus George Herbert

My husband and I are working on some small home maintenance projects right now, little things that slid through the cracks during our younger child’s first year of life and our perpetual sleep deprivation. It’s good and generally satisfying work, but my husband gets peeved every time a Lowe's commercial pops up with the tagline “Never stop improving.”There's an assumption in the slogan: spend more, do more, be more — as if our house exists only for its resale value and not as our home. It’s n … [Read more...]

Before Midnight Hits Home: A Married Couple Discusses The Film

In the spirit of Richard Linklater's "Before" films, each of which follows Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) through a few hours of intense discussions about work, love, and the meaning of life, my husband and I decided to review the newest film, Before Midnight, via e-mail.  Spoilers ahead!Are Jesse and Celine that German Couple Now? Dear Jack, Do you remember that very first scene in Before Sunrise? Jesse and Celine haven't met yet, but they're on the same train heading to … [Read more...]

Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman: Neighbors

Besides the death of a 17 year old, perhaps the saddest part of all this is that it shows us how debased our sense of community has become. Even worse, this has deepened the rifts that divide us as a nation.George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin. He was found not guilty on all counts by a jury of his peers. Martin was black. Zimmerman wasn't—he was mixed race but decidedly not black. When police arrived at the scene, Zimmerman's nose was broken, and he was bleeding from the head. He … [Read more...]

Herman Bavinck and Our Selfish Obsession with Authenticity

America’s white whale is authenticity, and according to Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster, our naïve optimism drives this futile and destructive search onward with no promise of ever landing the harpoon. In the opinion column of The New York Times, Critchley and Jamieson address the newest form of the American dream: “The Gospel According to Me.”  In the “gospel of authenticity”—a by-product of the burgeoning self-help industry and New Age spirituality— “well-being has become the primary goal … [Read more...]

Breaking News: ‘Faith-Based’ Films Take On Hollywood

Where did you expect to see former senator Rick Santorum a year after his presidential campaign? How about as the head of a new faith-based film studio?Yes, and one focused on making its own story with a stunning plot twist: They’ll offer actual quality movies, but faith-based.The Religion News Service reported: [Santorum said] faith-based films tend to be lousy, and Christians should quit trying to lock modern popular culture out of their lives. . . . “For a long time, Christians have d … [Read more...]

What To Do When a Family Member Posts Something Stupid on Facebook

Facebook used to be such a fun place for you. I remember those days, too. It was a nice place to find old friends from high school and maybe college, to check on old girlfriends and boyfriends to see if they've stayed fit and if they married somebody as cool as you, and to read fascinating updates of what everyone was up to in life. Good times!But then, your mom found Facebook. Then your crazy uncle got on there. And all your cousins. And your dad. Suddenly, it was like your little brother … [Read more...]

CaPC Magazine, Issue #7: When Good Christians Make Bad Art

In this issue of CaPCMag we tackle a sore spot for many evangelicals: how Christians participate in culture. Sure, to some extent that's what CaPC is always about, but this issue focuses specifically on big picture views of culture by Christians. In two exclusive features available only in the iPad and iPhone app we examine how Christians have sought to use art as evangelism and what missions can teach us about the value of enjoying cultures. To read these fantastic articles, make sure … [Read more...]

The Science Behind Effectively Sharing Your Faith

You probably saw a BuzzFeed article by Ashley Perez alarmingly titled "8 Foods We Eat In The U.S. That Are Banned In Other Countries" pop up recently in your Facebook or Twitter feed. You may even have shared it yourself. If you haven't seen the article, it lists several items (artificial food dye, olestra, synthetic growth hormones, arsenic) that are commonplace in American foods, and that have been linked to numerous negative side-effects (cancer, nerve-cell deterioration, birth defects, leaky … [Read more...]

Maybe Barbie Will Blossom into a Real Girl Someday

For years now, critics have blasted Mattel’s ever-popular Barbie for her unnatural proportions—so unnatural that if Barbie were a real person, her neck would be too small to hold up her head and her BMI so low she would be classified as anorexic.Not exactly the sort of ideal for young girls to strive toward.Some say Barbie is merely a toy, that her influence over young kids is conjecture at best. But illustrator Nikolay Lamm thinks otherwise. The Huffington Post reports how Lamm sees it: … [Read more...]