Jason Collins is Gay, but is Chris Broussard a Bigot?

Yesterday Jason Collins became the first male athlete in one of the four major male sports to come out as gay. But headlines praising this move were overshadowed by news that ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard believes that practicing the homosexual lifestyle is a sin.During a segment on ESPN's Outside The Line about Collins' announcement, Broussard stated that as a Christian, he believes that homosexuality is a sin: I'm a Christian. I don't agree with homosexuality. I think it's a sin, as I … [Read more...]

Music Matters: Naming Names in Shai Linne’s “Fal$e Teacher$”

Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith.Exploring the controversy over Shai Linne's "Fal$e Teacher$".http://youtu.be/pl4WevY-GPUWhen Shai Linne’s Lyrical Theology Part 1 dropped at the beginning of April one song stood out, “Fal$e Teacher$”. In the final hook of the song, Shai does the unthinkable; naming the names of twelve different pastors (Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, TD Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, Fred P … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: A Walk in the Woods, with Children

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.Last week, NPR’s Adam Frank published a piece called “Noticing: How to Take a Walk in the Woods.” Frank advises us to tap into our inner scientists by slowing down and taking more time to observe, reflect, and ask questions about the world around us. About a year ago, I discussed a related issue when I reviewed Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods. I want to pul … [Read more...]

Listening to Doubt: What Music Can Teach Us about Apostasy

Doubt is the shadow to the light of faith and repentance. Doubt in the Christian life has been around since Eve wondered whether God really didn’t want her to eat the fruit; it showed up when Abraham didn’t believe that God would give him a son and again when Thomas just couldn’t believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. And although orthodoxy reminds us that God defeats doubt and will eventually remove all remnants of it, there are cases where it looks like doubt wins the day.Watching a fr … [Read more...]

Mad at Mark Driscoll? Blame Solomon.

According to the Bible, King Solomon, the son of David, was one of, if not the, wisest men, apart from Jesus, who ever lived. (1 Kings 4:30) He's got a few books of the Bible traditionally ascribed to him (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon), and even Jesus said he was a wise fellow. (Matthew 12:42) Which is why I found a couple of off-hand comments about him by evangelical writers Mary DeMuth and Matthew Paul Turner surprising and bit off-putting. What am I talking about? Mad at Mark? … [Read more...]

Why Does God Care about My Sex Life?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a little piece for Christ and Pop Culture about a Q&A session with Tim Keller at The Gospel Coalition conference. I asked about revival, and among other things, Keller said something about sex and the complex nature of doubt. Given that what he said was fairly conservative, had to do with sex and doubt, and, in all fairness, could have been reported more clearly by me, the unsurprising result was a lot of pushback—some legitimate and some not so much. Feel free … [Read more...]

The Cussin’ Anchor-Man is Doing Okay

A.J. Clemente had a bad first day at work. But then, who hasn't? Apparently, his nerves over going live for the first time, mixed with his inability to to pronounce the names of some marathon winners, led him to swear. He dropped the f-bomb on live TV, followed by the s-bomb. After that, the newscast becomes an exercise in complete awkwardness as his co-host tries to keep it together. You can see it here, the offending words bleeped out for your sanctification; the hilarity is left for your … [Read more...]

Scouting for Anorexic Models Is A (Horrific) Real Thing That Happens

In the 80s and early 90s, the Supermodel made her debut. Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Linda Evangelista ruled the catwalk with their tall, slim, and muscular figures. Then came Kate Moss, who changed the face of modeling. Not only was she considered short by fashion standards (5'7") but she was wafer thin, a significant physical change from the amazonian supermodels from a few years earlier. She ushered in a new look of "heroin chic" where hollowed faces and protruding bones were de … [Read more...]

CaPC Playlist: Kacey Musgraves, Sho Baraka, Woodkid, Page CXVI, Jamie N. Commons and Deer Tick

Brief thoughts on songs that are on CaPC writer's playlists. You can check out this week's playlist on Spotify here: http://open.spotify.com/user/121240373/playlist/7vjl0ednXeOdzcTUzyBedOhttp://youtu.be/iJjeWDvh6J0"Merry Go 'Round" - Kacey MusgravesAmy Lepine Peterson had these thoughts on this catchy song: "I like the idea of 'same hurt in every heart... same trailer, different park' and the way the song explores all the ways we seek to 'buy a little more distraction' from the hurt. … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: Tracking the Legacy of Tragic Secrets in The Place Beyond the Pines

Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.An essential image in Derek Cianfrance's latest film, The Place Beyond the Pines, is of roughened, local-star stuntman Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) sitting idly on his motorcycle at a traffic light intersection, looking up at the looming TrustCo Bank. It's one of the few pauses during the film's first hour, when Luke is often flashing like lightning across each scene. We're not exactly privy to what's running through … [Read more...]