The Simple Life Isn’t So Simple, Really

Almost weekly something new pops up with tips and tricks to help simplify life. A quick Internet search of "simplify your life" will yield article after article full of clues—some easy, on the surface (i.e., less clutter in your home) to more challenging, in depth (i.e, quit your anger). I subscribe to a number of magazines, Real Simple being one of them, that features at least one article a month covering this very topic. Whether it be simplifying your office space, your closet, or your daily ca … [Read more...]

‘Donglegate’ Makes Me Want To Destroy the Internet

As a matter of principle, I tend to think the Internet is a Good Thing. It puts unimaginable amounts of information at the fingertips of people the world over and provides us with a multitude of ways (e.g., personal blogs, Facebook, Twitter) that we can use to communicate and share our lives with each other. It can give a voice to the voiceless, such as dissidents living in oppressive regimes, and can be used to hold the powerful accountable. And on a more personal level, the Internet has given … [Read more...]

Music Matters: David Bowie, Still Not Quite an Atheist

Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith."All clichés are true. The years really do speed by. Life really is as short as they tell you it is. And there really is a God--so do I buy that one? If all the other clichés are true..." David Bowie Last week, Jimi Hendrix reigned in the number two spot on the Billboard 200 and this week that position is filled by David Bowie's new album The Next Day. It is only fitting that one of Bowie's s … [Read more...]

Jay Leno, NBC’s Youth Culture, and the Church’s Celebrity Culture

NBC appears to be headed toward another Late Night debacle as rumors of replacing Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon at the coveted 11:30pm spot have leaked into the media and even into Leno's own sharp-edged jokes about getting fired. Apparently the idea is to swap out Leno's locks, white with age, for Fallon's in order to secure the younger demographic he pulls in.Of course, NBC tried this before and given how well the 2010 Conan O'Brien incident went, you might think they would leave well enough a … [Read more...]

Do Kids Need Their Own Noah’s Ark To Learn About God?

Whether or not you believe in the historicity of the story of Noah’s Ark, it’s likely you have not run into a church that takes the Ark as seriously as San Antonio's Cornerstone Church. Cornerstone is a megachurch that recently welcomed more than 28,000 visitors to its new children’s building, aptly named “The Ark,” which features a two-story ship built inside the church, with life-sized versions of human and animal passengers such as giraffes, elephants, lions, and ostriches, many of them powere … [Read more...]

Can I Stick a Chip In Your Brain? The Ethics of Biological and Technological Integration.

Do you know what one of the most annoying things about having a cell phone is? Having to remember where I put it. It's so obnoxious: One day it's in my laundry, the next it's in the office. I just can't keep track of it. Wouldn't it be nice if I could just integrate the phone into my brain, and bingo! No more losing it.This simple argument is pushing many towards the idea that we can combine our biological parts with technological parts, not simply for the sake of empowering those who are … [Read more...]

Saint Nicholas Strikes Back: Catholic Memes and Secularized Feast Days

I went to the kind of small Christian college that still required chapel attendance, and one morning, scheduled in the midst of all the pastors and inspirational or motivational speakers, we had a presenter who came dressed as Saint Patrick.  He did nothing but recite Patrick’s autobiographical Confessio.  He never broke character, even using his staff to prod awake a student who had fallen asleep in the first row.  While some of my fellow student may have found the exercise tedious, I was quite … [Read more...]

Frequently Searched Questions: How to Play a Christian Character in Skyrim

The following are actual search terms people typed into Google (Yahoo?) which directed them to CaPC. In most cases they didn’t find the answer they were looking for on our site. FSQ is an attempt to remedy this problem by answering some of the most (de)pressing questions sent to us through search terms.This week’s theme is People Still Play "Video" Games?Q 1. Can video games cause Scapegoat?Since the first pong was ponged in PONG in 1972, studies have demonstrated that 39% of al … [Read more...]

Notes from the Margins: The New Radicals are Already Here

Each week in Notes From the Margins, D.L. Mayfield writes about the kingdom of God, marginalized people groups, and popular culture.Being a radical Christian has its perks. The word (if not entirely the concept) sells books, DVDs, conference tickets, and lends a patina of spirituality to all those who claim it. Identifying with this word (or its cousins subversive and/or counter-cultural) has thrust more than a few teachers and authors into the limelight. As Matthew Lee Anderson chronicled … [Read more...]

Lean In: A Christian Woman’s Perspective on Sheryl Sandberg’s Book

I slid my hand across my behavioral assessment packet so the results were hidden from my closely seated coworkers. I had taken the DISC (for Dominance / Influence / Submission / Compliance) assessment and, unsurprisingly, was placed in the Dominant category. As a man, Dominant meant being groomed for future leadership. As a woman, Dominant meant cementing a perception of bossiness and aggression. It was possibly detrimental to my career to acknowledge my results, so I sat silently as others … [Read more...]