How Christ and Pop Culture Serves the Church

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Christ and Pop Culture regularly finds itself in an unpopular position, receiving criticism from conservative evangelicals one day and from liberal evangelicals the next. We try to consider each critique and weigh its merits without overwhelming ourselves with the never-ceasing criticism of internet culture. And we do this not because we want our readers to love us, but because we love our readers.A few readers have complained about a perceived anti-conservative bias on our site, or that we … [Read more...]

Pajama Boy is Everything That’s Wrong with American Manhood! (and Other Misconceptions)

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When I first saw this ad, I was at my parents’ house for Christmas, sitting on the sofa, scrolling through Twitter. I was drinking coffee, and if you want to know the truth, I was probably wearing pajamas, or at least leggings. Someone had retweeted the ad with a dismissive remark about Obama or man-boys or something, and I sighed and moved on. But apparently a lot of people haven’t moved on.  Apparently to a number of people, the biggest problem with this ad is that it represents everything tha … [Read more...]

Is Apple’s 12 Days of Gifts Blurring Our Vision of Epiphany?

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“[F]or me the meaning of life is centered in our Redemption by Christ and what I see in the world I see in relation to that.” -- Flannery O’Connor Apple brought a new holiday promotion to America this past Christmas season that it’s run overseas for several years: a 12 Days of Gifts app that offered one freebie a day from December 26 through January 6. These giveaways, like the litany of gifts from the promotion’s Christmas carol inspiration, had no coherent theme, ranging in medium from music t … [Read more...]

Cruising on a Sea of White Privilege

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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 10 on our countdown is a personal account from long-time Christ and Pop Culture writer, Brad Williams, a … [Read more...]

1. Breaking Bad: “Implicating the Rest of Us in His Fall” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #2: Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City #1: Breaking Bad I’m not sure of the next time our investment in the state of a man’s soul will become the focus of a television cultural phenomenon quite like what we saw with Breaking Bad’s final season. Each Sunday night over the course of the eight episode run was an Event. Fans and television critics were abuzz on social media and pop … [Read more...]

2. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City: “The Difficulty of Believing in God in the Modern Age”

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #3: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire #2: Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City When I first heard Vampire Weekend's previous effort, Contra, I found it pretentious and indulgent. No matter how much friends of mine championed their music, I couldn't get over how cheap it all felt. Modern Vampires of the City still feels a little cheap: it asks huge questions and blows them off as bei … [Read more...]

3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: “We are the Audience” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #4: Before Midnight #3: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire We watch it all, the dystopian future, the brave teenage heroine, the heartbreaking love triangle, the pathos, the greed, the cruelty, the injustice, and we are entertained. We should not be so quick to dismiss this, the truth that we are entertained as we watch people, children, battle to the death. But we are not gleeful. After all, … [Read more...]

4. Before Midnight: “What Happens After” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #5: Gone Home (PC/MAC) #4: Before Midnight Before Midnight is a heartwrenching look at a relationship developed without a solid foundation. The third and final installment of Richard Linklater’s Before series, the film is incredibly honest and intimate as Jesse and Celine finally come to terms with the realities of their relationship. The couple, now in their forties, have had twin girls a … [Read more...]

5. Gone Home: “To be Fearful, Alone, and Disenfranchised” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #6: Twelve Years a Slave #5: Gone Home (PC/MAC) For a long time, games have had the potential to make us better people. They've carried the promise of instilling empathy in the player. They've offerred the means for creators to instill positive values in those who consume their work. But for a long time, those things weren't realities.This year, we saw the release of several games that … [Read more...]

6. Twelve Years a Slave: “Little Relief for the Moviegoer” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #7: Welcome to Night Vale #6: Twelve Years a Slave “…and you will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free…”I saw 12 Years a Slave right before exams began, almost as a break from all the grading I had been doing and still had to do. I had read the story of Solomon Nothrup years ago, so I was quite familiar with what he had endured, and his written account. I have spent the bet … [Read more...]


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