Watching Politics From the Pew: Two-Year Marriage Licenses

Each week in Watching Politics From the Pew, Benjamin Bartlett offers a thoughtful Christian perspective on the latest political happenings in the news. Mexico City is considering issuing two-year marriage licenses.  That’s right; you would just be married for two years and then your marriage would end, unless you went back to renew. There are some really interesting arguments to be made for this issue. Couples have a chance to see what marriage is like.  People in bad situations can … [Read more...]

Watching Politics From the Pew: Who Cares if He Is Mormon?

Each week in Watching Politics From the Pew, Benjamin Bartlett offers a thoughtful Christian perspective on the latest political happenings in the news. At this point, I really don’t understand how anyone can still manage to convince themselves that the United States of America is a Christian nation. Sure there are some old traditions and phrases and songs that stretch back to our Christian heritage.  And yes, most (but certainly not all) of the great men and women who shaped our country … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Persons of Interest in Mississippi's Amendment

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture. A controversial issue will be featured on ballots in Mississippi this November. Voters will weigh in on the “Personhood Amendment” that would extend the definition of “personhood” and its attendant legal protections to unborn babies. This legislation bears significant implications for the legality of abortion in Mississippi, and perhaps beyond, as other states … [Read more...]

Struggle With the Death Penalty

When my high school government class held a series of debates against another class, I charged in at full steam.  The teachers had agreed not to interfere, but they let me know in private that if I wanted to offer some “assistance” to other debate teams from my class, I could.  I did just that, helping each team research concepts for their issue (social security reform, abortion, education spending, etc), showing them how to lay out key points in an argument, and sharing ideas for the … [Read more...]

Watching Politics From the Pew: Making the Mensch

Each week in Watching Politics From the Pew, Benjamin Bartlett offers a thoughtful Christian perspective on the latest political happenings in the news. In the movie City Hall, Al Pacino plays the mayor we all wish we had.  He is a fabulous communicator, a brilliant strategist, and a sly deal maker.  He makes the city move, and he moves hearts besides.  Those who come into contact with him develop a sense of trust and loyalty for his qualities and intentions. In his own eyes, the mayor is … [Read more...]

The CaPC Podcast #99: Discussing Politics Without Ruining Dinner

Click here to listen That's right, it's the return of the Christ and Pop Culture Podcast. While we're hoping to provide conversations between all kinds of CaPC writers (more on that next week), we're starting the relaunch with the classic duo: Ben Bartlett and Richard Clark. This week, they kick things off by candidly discussing Richard's recent Feature about the past and future of the site, Christ and Pop Culture: Already and Not Yet. After that, they focus in on the nature of political … [Read more...]

Ray Comfort's 180: Pass It On?

Christ and Pop Culture's writers are pro-life, but when 180 began to go viral, we found ourselves at odds about the film. Is Ray Comfort's signature socratic style a model for Christians to follow when debating the issue with other Christians? More crucially, does every Christian have a responsibility to post videos like this on their Facebook walls so that their non-Christian friends can watch and learn from them? On the other hand, is the video too flawed to support in any way? In order to try … [Read more...]

Watching Politics From the Pew: Ugly Debate Crowds

Each week in Watching Politics From the Pew, Benjamin Bartlett offers a thoughtful Christian perspective on the latest political happenings in the news. Each government class in my high school put forward a candidate for president.  Thanks to my political geekiness and willingness to argue anything, my class gave the top spot to me. There was a lot to do, but my big moment came during the debate.  I held forth on monetary policy, defense, immigration, abortion, and homosexual marriage.  … [Read more...]

Watching Politics From the Pew: Is Bi-Partisanship More or Less Christian?

Each week in Watching Politics From the Pew, Benjamin Bartlett offers a thoughtful Christian perspective on the latest political happenings in the news. Two big things happened this week in the story of bi-partisanship.  Big bad things, if you like new legislation.  Big great things, if you like hard core battle lines in Washington DC. President Obama gave a speech that made it clear he is done looking for compromise.  The focus on taxing the rich and unwillingness to address entitlement … [Read more...]

Illegal Immigrants: People, Not Political Capital

My favorite restaurant in town is El Sol King Pollo. The grilled chicken is marvelous. The chips are perfect. The burritos are magnificent, and the salsa is sublime. I’m no Spanish expert, but even I noticed that “The Sun King Chicken” does not make a lot of sense in English or Spanish. I asked the owner, who has become my friend, why he chose that name. He said he also owns the grocery next door: Tienda Del Sol. When he bought the restaurant, it was called “King Pollo”. Jose just … [Read more...]


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