CaPC Mag, Issue #5: Befriending Muslims, Human Nature in Star Trek, and Much More!

This week, CaPCMag focuses on views of human nature and how they affect our world. What does it mean for humans to be fallen yet redeemable? In two exclusive features available only in the iPad and iPhone app we look at two different ways which our assumptions about human nature impact how we treat others and interpret the world. 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 … [Read more...]

Diving Into The Public Schooling Vs. Home Schooling Issue

There are a handful of topics that are almost guaranteed to stir up controversy and spirited debate in many Christian circles. There are, of course, theological matters (e.g., infant baptism, methods of communion) and political issues. But in my experience, one topic can easily trump them all: the education of children. Or, more specifically, public schooling versus home schooling.In the past, I could watch such debates with detached bemusement, but that's no longer the case. Our oldest … [Read more...]

How Concerned Should We Be With How 14-Year-Old Girls Use Technology?

It seems like an article comes out every other week about how teens and young adults are using technology: what devices they're using (and not using), what social networks they're using (and not using), etc. Companies certainly have a vested interest in this information. After all, the earlier they can sink their "hooks" into consumers, the more money they potentially stand to earn from those consumers. What's more, teens are particularly fickle and can help identify new and upcoming trends -- … [Read more...]

A Call for Staff Writers

Want to write for Christ and Pop Culture?We’re looking for new staff writers who feel confident and excited about writing about the intersection of the Christian faith and popular culture. Here are some of the things we’re looking for in prospective writers:A commitment to what is commonly referred to as “conservative evangelical theology." That includes, but is not limited to, the infallibility of scripture, justification by faith alone, original sin, the historicity of the crucifixion … [Read more...]

Oswalt’s Revenge: Sammy Rhodes And The Dangers Of Self-Promotion

Twitter is not for the faint of heart, nor is it well-suited for wallflowers, the sensitive, or those who think in long, complicated rambles. It works best for the angry, the charged, the righteous, and most of all, the funny. Funny people on Twitter get just as many followers as celebrities (and indeed, sometimes more) because our world is always up for a laugh. Sammy Rhodes (formerly @prodigalsam) is one of those people who became Internet-famous because of his ability to generate laughs with … [Read more...]

“All These Things”: From HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’ to the Sermon on the Mount

My wife and I started watching HGTV’s House Hunters around the time we were looking to buy our house, and at the time, I absolutely hated it. Anything then about home-buying was a constant reminder of all the loan applications, appraisals, inspections, and closing costs that were clustering around me, all things I wanted to forget when sitting on the couch to unwind for the evening. Now that I am safely a homeowner and settled in, however, I enjoy catching an episode here or there when I have so … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Will Smith And His Family Are Superheroes. What’s Your Family Metaphor?

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.According to a Wired Magazine article that appeared right before the premiere of Will Smith’s new movie After Earth, the Smith family has collectively saved 63,648,098,766 people. The Smiths are a celebrity family in reality and a superhero family in fiction. I don’t doubt that, privately, their family bears other identities as well. The Wired piece got me thinking ab … [Read more...]

Rev. is a Poignant Portrayal of the Life of the Church

by guest writer Adam MarshallIt seems that fictional pastors tend to be cut from one of two molds—often, they are depicted as either narrow-minded zealots (i.e. The Poisonwood Bible's Nathan Price or Bioshock: Infinite's Nathan Hale Comstock) or as paragons of unattainable heavenly virtue (i.e. Chaucer's Parson). While a few writers such as Marilynne Robinson or Alan Paton have succeeded in creating pastoral characters whose human qualities are as admirable as their spiritual ones, such s … [Read more...]

God & Country Music: The New Jason Isbell

I was fourteen when I first heard Jason Isbell. When he was still with the Drive-By Truckers in 2004, “Goddamn Lonely Love” was on one of those CDs that used to come good music magazines. I knew I had found something special. For a teenager looking for a world to relate to, Jason Isbell’s songs were just what I didn’t know I was looking for. is an unusual kind of songwriter. Starting out with the Drive-By Truckers a little over a decade ago, … [Read more...]

I Hate Writing About Sex

I hate writing about sex; I want to be over the whole sex conversation in general. Honestly, as interesting a subject as it might be, there is nothing easy, simple, or straightforward about it; it's not the sort of subject I get up and think, "Wow, that would be a great angle for an article to write!" Honestly, I get a pit in my stomach. Culturally-speaking it's a minefield. The amount of shame, hurt, obsession, money, and political-vitriol attached to discussions of sex makes it nearly impo … [Read more...]