17. House of Cards: “Only Us. Small. Solitary. Striving.” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #18: Jason Isbell - Southeastern#17: House of Cards (Netflix) Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, is a Democratic Congressman out for revenge after he is passed over as Secretary of State. This original web drama series produced by and available exclusively on Netflix, is set in Washington D.C.’s political scene, as Frank maneuvers and manipulates people and events to satiate his d … [Read more...]

18. Jason Isbell – Southeastern: “Some of the Most Powerful Fiction of the Year” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #19: Feminism#18. Jason Isbell - Southeastern Jason Isbell has always been a great songwriter. For the last decade the Muscle Shoals native has been cranking out good song after good song. But in 2013, Isbell has outdone himself. Coming on the heels of a new start—sobering up and marrying fellow Americana virtuoso Amanda Shires—his fourth solo album, Southeastern, marks a new level of s … [Read more...]

19. Feminism: “Women are Rising” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.  Previous #20: Mad Men (AMC)#19. Feminism Why did “feminism” make our list in 2013 when it’s been around for well over a century? This year we've been encouraged by discussions by and about women within the church. From Wendy Alsup’s call for a New Wave of Complementarianism to Sarah Bessey’s plea for Christians to recognize the way that Jesus loves women in her book Jesus Feminist; from Malala Y … [Read more...]

20. Mad Men: “There’s the Slightest Hope” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #21: The Mindy Project (FOX) #20: Mad Men (AMC) Thank God (spoilers ahead, obviously): by the end of season 6, Don Draper has had his Hershey moment.Some of my fondest childhood memories are of our family’s yearly summer trip to Hershey Park, a mere two hours from our central Pennsylvania home. One of our many traditions associated with the trip was to ride the Chocolate World tour ri … [Read more...]

21. The Mindy Project: “Delivers the Laughs Without Delving into Snark” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #22: Cart Life (PC) #21: The Mindy Project (FOX) These are the things I should tell you about The Mindy Project: Mindy Kaling is a woman, she is curvy, she is Indian, she is funny, she writes/produces/directs and she stars in her own television show. But here is what I really want to tell you: Mindy Kaling is spinning a web of romantic comedy nostalgia around herself, straining to capt … [Read more...]

22. Cart Life: “I Wanted to Make a Better Life” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #23: Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland#22: Cart Life (PC) I was too slow serving customers, I gave people incorrect change, and I didn't accurately calculate how long it would take me to get downtown for a court hearing in which my character was to argue for joint custody of her daughter. The list of things I did wrong in Cart Li … [Read more...]

23. Disunity in Christ: “A Prophetic Breath of Fresh Air” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #24: When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman #23: Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland It's not hard to develop a biblical argument for unity within Christian churches. We need only go to John 17 where Jesus prays that we all "be one" as he and the Father are one. In fact, there has been much written on the importance of unity for the Bo … [Read more...]

24. When We Were On Fire: “The Dismantling of Christian Cliches” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013.  Previous #25: From Up On Poppy Hill #24: When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman There’s a reason that Addie Zierman’s debut work was named by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the top 5 religion books of 2013. In lovely,well-paced prose that moves more like a novel than a memoir, Zierman ushers her readers into the heady evangelical youth culture of the nineties, complete with Jesus Freaks and True Love … [Read more...]

25. From Up on Poppy Hill: “Argued More From the Heart” #CaPC25

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All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of  2013. #25: From Up on Poppy Hill Nearly any of Ghibli's films would be considered Great, but everyone has their favorites in the studio's stable. Some prefer the movies aimed most squarely at kids, the ones featuring forest trolls, pre-teen witches, and little mermaids. Others go in for the more mature and morally complex quarter—the discussions of environmental cataclysm and the horrors of war. My per … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Free Lunches and Child Labor

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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 year, I’m a little more obsessed than usual with the Dickens story A Christmas Carol; I started rereading it again this weekend after taking my elder daughter to a performance of the story by The Puppet People. It’s always given me chills when Scrooge inquires about the prisons and the workhouses. After learning that “many would rather die” than go there, he spit … [Read more...]


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