Podcast #88: The Court and The Office

In celebration of July 4th, we take a look at some recent decisions by those who are responsible for making sure we heed the Constitution: the Supreme Court.Also, we discuss whether The Office makes light of adultery.Every week, Richard Clark and Ben Bartlett acknowledge and respond to the big issues in popular culture. We love feedback! If you’d like to respond you can comment on the website, send an email to christandpopculture@gmail.com, or go to our contact page. We would love to respond … [Read more...]

The Power of the iPad

I am one of the now two million brand new iPad owners. I, like most of you, saw the advertisements for the iPad and thought to myself, "What would I do with one of those?" So, naturally, I discounted the iPad as another high tech gadget that does the same things as just about any smart phone these days, only on a bigger screen. But that was before I got my hands on one. My father-in-law received one as a gift on his birthday and let me play with it. Within moments I was hooked and, suddenly, I … [Read more...]

Podcast #84: Spilling Oil and Banning Porn

Everyone agrees that the oil spill is a horrible, horrible thing. What is clear from this podcast, though, is that not everyone agrees on the best way to respond to that catastrophe. In this episode, Ben and Rich go head to head and consider what the Christian's response should be to tons of oil destroying an entire ecosystem. They also discuss their opinion of Steve Jobs' desire to keep iPhone users "free from porn."Every week, Richard Clark and Ben Bartlett acknowledge and respond to the big … [Read more...]

Beck Goes to Liberty

Jerry Falwell, Jr. announced last week that Glenn Beck will be commencement speaker for Liberty University's May 15th graduation.What?! Exactly.There are those of you reading this who like Beck. I hope you will bear with me as I explain why this move is a horrible one on the part of Liberty. Then there are others of you who fail to see the big deal. After all, Liberty has aligned themselves with conservative politics figure heads for the length of their existence. However, this is … [Read more...]

Why the Enemy of My Enemy is Not My Friend

I came across this interesting blog bit the other day:"A few days ago a prominent woman in my church posted a note on the internet for her friends to see. She stated that her 4 year old son liked to listen to Rush Limbaugh with her, and he had just told her "I hate liberals." This excited her and she boasted of how proud she was of her little 4 year old. Because of her position in my church, it made me wonder if she'd welcome someone who was liberal into our church. I don't consider … [Read more...]

Podcast #77: ObamaCares?

It's safe to say that Sunday night's passing of health care reform is, at the moment, the undeniable elephant in the room. As one who likes to keep up with his twitter and Facebook feeds, I for one struggled not only to keep up, but to keep from suffering from real anxiety as everyone made a point to weigh in on what is surely one of the most important political events in the last year. Of course, those in favor of the bill see it as a significant step forward in providing basic human rights to t … [Read more...]

Searching for Christ in a Culture of Fear

This morning President Obama signs historic healthcare legislation into law. A lot of people are not happy about this. Many decry this as the end of America, others as the end of time. I thought we had until 2012? Either way, I'm not a prophet or a poli-sci major so I wouldn't know for sure. I have noticed many Christians are at maximum freak out levels. I would like to provide some helpful reflective thoughts for your consideration. Thank you.Since "perfect love drives out fear" (1 … [Read more...]

Podcast #72: Two Speeches and the Fall of the U.S.A.

This week, Ben and Rich discuss two huge cultural events that happened on the same day: the iPad unveiling and the State of the Union. And of course, these discussions inevitably resulted in a discussion of how the United States is in the midst of a downfall (?!). Sorry about the downer.Every week, Richard Clark and Ben Bartlett acknowledge and respond to the big issues in popular culture. We love feedback! If you’d like to respond you can comment on the website, send an email to c … [Read more...]

Podcast #71: How "Chuck" "Lost" the "Assassin's Creed" While Emerging from Church

This week, Ben and Rich address subjects that were suggested by listeners like you! We asked for some subjects via Twitter, Facebook and the website, and tried to address as many as possible. Some subjects discussed: Assassin's Creed 2, Chuck, Lost, Haiti charity, the emergent church and more!Every week, Richard Clark and Ben Bartlett acknowledge and respond to the big issues in popular culture. We love feedback! If you’d like to respond you can comment on the website, send an email to c … [Read more...]

Assassin's Creed 2: Shot Through the Heart

Note: If you haven't played through AC2, you may want to finish first before you read this. There's some acknowledgement of end-game revelations.Assassin's Creed 2 opens with a telling disclaimer: "Inspired by historical events and characters, this work of fiction was designed, developed and produced by a multicultural team of various religious faiths and beliefs." It's the first in a series of signals that what we are about to play is in fact a very different type of game.In an industry … [Read more...]


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