Ask Uncle Brad: The Persecution Complex, The Snapchat Ghost, and Charity

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Ask Uncle Brad is a weekly column in which pastor, farmer, and father, and Christ and Pop Culture writer Brad Williams answers your questions about how to navigate difficult and complex cultural issues in everyday life.If you’d like to ask Uncle Brad a question, you can leave a comment below, or email your question to christandpopculture@gmail.com with the subject line, “Ask Uncle Brad”. I didn't get any questions sent directly to me this week, but I did get a lot of questions by way of s … [Read more...]

‘Tearaway,’ Tolkien, and the Role of Sub-Creation

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Warning: This article contains spoilers about the video game Tearaway.  Tearaway  I don’t think Media Molecule consciously attempted to make Tearaway (a paper-styled platform game for the PlayStation Vita) a commentary on the relationship between God and man.Take the studio’s name, Media Molecule, which suggests its role is to be a piece of the tradition of storytelling that makes up the larger body of media. The end game is contributing to capital-M Media.Or consider Tearaway itself. I … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: Bring the Light

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Warning: This article contains spoiler about the third 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.The third episode of Downton Abbey to air on PBS this season introduced some new wrinkles but was primarily dedicated to resolving (or at least working through) some of the conflicts … [Read more...]

M*A*S*H and the Military Brat

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By Gina Dalfonzo One of my very earliest memories is hearing the haunting, minor-key theme song from M*A*S*H playing on our TV. When I heard it, I’d head for the family room and plop down with my parents to watch the show. In my childhood, of course, there was a lot that went right over my head—which, given the nature of some of the humor, was a good thing. Nonetheless, I grew up on Hawkeye and Hot Lips and Klinger and Radar (who’s still my favorite), their camouflage-clad figures as familiar to … [Read more...]

Flowers in the Attic and the Allure of the Dark

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As a preteen girl, my reading diet was rather heavy on empty calories found in glossy teen-romance books. The Sweet Valley High series was a mainstay, the storylines giving shape to the hope and angst I felt but was too young to name for myself. I liked that troubles always worked out in the end and that the girl always got the guy. These were simple, easy reads, depicting how I wished my life would go. I read them until one fateful day, when my quick-witted aunt grabbed a copy to see what I was … [Read more...]

How “Happy Days” Made Me (Horrible)

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We went for a hike, alone. I felt pretty good about it--very cool and in control. I was about a year older than her, about 15, and even though I wasn't particularly attracted to her, I was committed to seeing this little excursion through and making out by the end of the hike. I honestly felt I would be doing her a favor. She wasn't going to do much better than me. And it really didn't mean anything--it was just something fun you could do together. So we walked out into the desert behind her h … [Read more...]

#Instagrown: In an Age of Instantaneous Everything, What Happens to Adolescent Yearning?

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Adolescence is a matter of restlessness. It is a churning, writhing cesspool of desire. No, not that kind of desire - not entirely. Mostly, it is the recognition of this pull toward adulthood, the acknowledgment that something is ahead, above, beyond what has already been known and experienced. That elusive something seems bound up in money, making out, and mystery, with a little flash and smoke. The hallmark of this formative chapter is that maturity, adulthood, that something, is close enough … [Read more...]

Brain Death and Dialogue: What Two News Stories Can Teach Us about Responding with Grace

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by Amber Stamper Have you ever obsessed over a news story? Become totally and personally invested? Glutted yourself on coverage? Set Google alerts? Consumed every report—mainstream, local, liberal, conservative, print, radio, TV, Web—you could access? Endlessly scanned comment threads, blogs, and social media commentary?If—like me—you have, you might have expected to eventually gain quite a bit of expertise on the subject. Instead, what you likely found was that source overload can lead to a … [Read more...]

Ask Uncle Brad: “My Dad is a Culture Warrior” (Plus: Daniel Diet, Correcting the Internet)

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Ask Uncle Brad is a weekly column in which pastor, farmer, and father, and Christ and Pop Culture writer Brad Williams answers your questions about how to navigate difficult and complex cultural issues in everyday life.If you'd like to ask Uncle Brad a question, you can leave a comment, or email your question to christandpopculture@gmail.com with the subject line, "Ask Uncle Brad". Uncle Brad, Whenever I return home for the holidays, it is inevitable that my father and I will end up ar … [Read more...]

Journey through the Judgement House

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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 1: Martyn Jones visits a "Judgement House" designed to scare people into acknowledging their mortality, and … [Read more...]


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