Culture Warriors Crying Wolf

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Soon after publishing deceptive stories on the two cases of VA hospitals allegedly banning religious expressions of Christmas, Todd Starnes reported that a California elementary school teacher "allegedly confiscated a six-year-old child’s Christmas candy canes and told him 'Jesus is not allowed in school.'" Although Starnes correctly used the word "allegedly" to denote that we don't actually know for certain if this is an accurate account of what happened, he clearly and snarkily assumes it as fa … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost

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Warning: This article contains spoilers about the second episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season. Each week, a Christ and Pop Culture writer will offer their thoughts on the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS.Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done.This week on Downton Abbey, we continue our journey of reconnecting with the goings on of the estate. If we could tie a few of the stories together in this episode, it could center around loss and grief, and how the char … [Read more...]

How the Church Resegregated Schools in the South

How the Church Resegregated Schools in the South

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 2: We like to imagine that segregation is ancient history. Tyler Glodjo reminds us it's not.“Look! … [Read more...]

Marijuana Legalization in Black and White: The Racial Cost of the Status Quo

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My friend Matt was caught smoking pot with his friends in the high school bathroom. He got a slap on the wrist and spent a night in a juvenile detention center. After paying the fines, his parents never mentioned the "incident" again. Matt went on to receive a graduate degree from a top-tier university, and now he's a homeowner with a beautiful family and thriving career. He also happens to be white.I met my friend Jimmy later in his life at a homeless shelter. He was arrested at a young age … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Teaching Good Taste

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Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.This weekend, my family hosted a couple of out-of-town guests; we went out to dinner on Saturday evening, with the goal of finding an appropriate place for children with great food for all of us. So my husband and I fell back on our ranking of the top three French fries in the Hudson Valley, and we selected an off-time for our meal at our number one location. The … [Read more...]

Beware the Frozen Heart

'Frozen' deals with the relationship between sisters Elsa, left, and Anna.

“Mom, it’s kind of rude for a princess to say ‘Don’t know if I’m elated or gassy,’ right?” “Mom, why does she love chocolate so much? It’s not very princessy.” “Mom, why is Elsa so unkind to her sister?  Why won’t she open the door and play with her?”  “Mom, why does it say ‘beware the frozen heart?’ ” I took Rosie, my 5-year-old daughter, to see Frozen last month.  I clutched her mittened hand as we crunched through the slushy parking lot toward the theater, unaware we were also heading towa … [Read more...]

The Body of Christ, the Balloons of Salvation: On Christian Balloon Twisting

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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 4: Balloon twisting for Jesus is an easy topic for mockery, but Martyn Jones considers some of the thicke … [Read more...]

The Hidden Craze Over Mein Kampf

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What do Mein Kampf (written by anti-Semitic dictator Adolf Hitler) and Fifty Shades of Grey (an erotic novel that’s enraptured suburbia women book-clubs) have in common? They are selling way better as e-books. Now that the “Best of 2013” lists are finalized, several voices in the media, from the Los Angeles Times to The Guardian, have found it alarming that Mein Kampf is among the bestsellers of 2013.Ever since its release in the U.S. in 1939, the sales of Mein Kampf have steadily declined. H … [Read more...]

A Life of Two Stories: An Interview with Joshua Kemble

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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 5: Alan Noble interviews graphic novelist Joshua Kemble about his conversion, his art, and how and why he … [Read more...]

Ask Uncle Brad: Why You Should Definitely “Ask Uncle Brad”

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"Ask Uncle Brad" is a weekly column in which Brad Williams answers your questions about how to navigate difficult and complex cultural issues in everyday life.I write on the Internet because I think I'm important, which is pretty much why anyone writes on the Internet. I have a leg up on others, though, because I have become keenly aware of my own narcissism, and therefore, I am ably equipped to point it out in others. Honestly, the only reason I'm still writing for Christ and Pop Culture is … [Read more...]


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