Persecution Continues: Political Reform in Myanmar May Not Be The Progress We Think It Is

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When Myanmar president Thein Sein made a state visit to London last July, the British foreign secretary congratulated him on Myanmar’s slew of recent reforms: direct government censorship of the media had been abolished the year before; the newly free Aung San Suu Kyi had been permitted to win a seat in parliament; and since becoming president in 2011, Thein Sein had released 1,300 political prisoners. Along with cautious praise, the British government presented Thein Sein with millions … [Read more...]

Jennifer Knapp and the Long Road Back

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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 6: Addie Zierman describes her journey from the center of Christian Culture to outskirts and back … [Read more...]

Eulogy for a Video Game Box Artist

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On January 3, 2014, one of my heroes passed away. And I didn’t even know his name. I read about this artist's death on an obscure forum, reported by one of his close friends and colleagues. I nearly passed over the article, but a twinge of curiosity compelled me to scroll through his artwork. My eyes grew wide as image after image evoked long-forgotten memories, revealing the impact this man had made on my life. His artwork ignited my creativity and inspired my love for visual art and art … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done

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Warning: This article contains spoiler about the fourth season premiere of Downton Abbey. Each week, Christ and Pop Culture will present an analysis of the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS. On Sunday, American television audiences got their first glimpse of British hit Downton Abbey’s fourth season. As expected, plenty of changes occurred following the traumatic death of Matthew Crawley in a car accident at the end of the show’s third season. His widow Mary is now … [Read more...]

Christmas, in Four Movies

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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 7: We experience traditions through the stories we tell each other. D.L. Mayfield reflects on how … [Read more...]

The Violence of Fantasy Football

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by Cray Allred The sport of football faces an uncertain future. More and more research is revealing the dangers concussions pose to the brain, lawsuits from former players are seeking billions of dollars in damages from the NFL, and parents are increasingly hesitant to allow their children to participate in youth football. Christians have even begun wondering if the violence inherent to the sport makes fandom problematic, since we’re supposed to value the human body over gladiator-style … [Read more...]

Manliness Reconsidered

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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 8: Amongst fervent evangelical debate about "manliness," Ben Bartlett offers a measured and … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Reading The Dark as Children of the Light

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I’ve been intrigued by The Dark ever since I saw it on a display table at Barnes and Noble around Halloween. Written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Jon Klassen, it seemed sure to be a grimly comedic gem. Best known for his Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket tones down the macabre for the younger audience of this picture book. Jon Klassen (whose work I particularly love in Extra Yarn and I Want My Hat Back) provides his typical sparse yet dramatic characters and lots of play … [Read more...]

Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham: Continuing Our Long American Tradition of Spectacle and Culture War

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In 1925, the people of Dayton, Tennessee arrested a young science teacher, John Scopes, for teaching the theory of human evolution in public school. They dragged him from his classroom and threw him in jail to await trial. The town leaders called in the well-known biblical literalist and politician William Jennings Bryan to face off against famous (agnostic) defense attorney Clarence Darrow in “the trial of the century,” and to help ensure Scopes’ conviction. The trial created a national … [Read more...]

Noskalgia: A Sobering Reunion With Five Iron Frenzy

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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 9: A Five Iron Frenzy reunion tour concert offers D.L. Mayfield a chance to reflect on where we … [Read more...]


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