The David Bazan Interview: Coming to Terms with Doubt

Last September, David Bazan released an album of ten songs equal parts resolute and rollicking. His was an achievement, a truly great rock record in every sense of the word. The buzz surrounding Curse Your Branches was that as the title suggests, Mr. Bazan, a longtime outlaw of the CCM scene, had cursed his branches. I had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Bazan last week about that album, his "breakup" with God, and his thought and faith at present. Christ and Pop Culture: You made public … [Read more...]

RetroPost: 4 Ways to Watch Television and Build Community

Editor’s Note: RetroPost is a weekly repost of an older Christ and Pop Culture that has some relevance to current pop culture events or releases. This Week: There are so many returning favorites and intriguing new programs this fall season, that it's possible you'll find yourself spending some significant amount of time watching television throughout the week. Here's an article about how to leverage those television programs to benefit your relationships. Television has a bad reputation … [Read more...]

RetroPost: Why I Will Always Root for the Home Team

Editor’s Note: RetroPost is a weekly repost of an older Christ and Pop Culture that has some relevance to current pop culture events or releases. This Week: As college football starts to ramp up, we share this meditation by Chase Livingston on what it means to be a fan. I grew up at the tail end of an empire. That empire was known as the Crimson Tide. As far as I knew, every living soul loved Alabama Football with the exception of terrorists and baby killers. Their number one fan just … [Read more...]

RetroPost: How Glenn Beck and Michael Moore Killed the Truth

Editor’s Note: RetroPost is a weekly repost of an older Christ and Pop Culture that has some relevance to current pop culture events or releases. This Week: As if we needed another indication that Glenn Beck wasn't interested in making friends, his upcoming speech at the same place and date as Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream" speech has done little else besides frustrate and shock those who disagree with him. Needless to say, his style is heat-generating, focused on controversy … [Read more...]

RetroPost: The Faith of Barack Obama

Editor’s Note: RetroPost is a weekly repost of an older Christ and Pop Culture that has some relevance to current pop culture events or releases. This Week: With a recent poll indicating that people are still unsure of our president's religious affiliation, Barack Obama's faith is yet again front and center. Two years ago, before Obama was president, Bill Reichart wrote about the idiosyncrasies of Obama's religious background and beliefs. We are coming to the end of the Democratic National … [Read more...]

Friday Night Lights Tackles Abortion Head On

It's a common trope in recent popular culture that whenever a character finds themselves with an unwanted pregnancy, the only real choices are between keeping the baby and adoption. In Juno, abortion is considered momentarily but disregarded after being faced with the idea that her fetus may in fact have fingernails. In Knocked Up, the word itself is treated as some sort of unutterable expletive, a winking nod to the firestorm of controversy surrounding the practice. In Glee, abortion isn't … [Read more...]

My Friend, the Atheist

In Leo Tolstoy’s novel, Anna Karenina, Levin and Vronsky share a deep but often tense friendship. They despise the likes, dislikes, and various life choices the other has made. Each has gone his own way regarding living conditions, social status, and worldview. Tolstoy describes the friendship as one only possible with friends from childhood. Reading this passage on the DC metro several summers ago, I immediately thought of my own old friendships. Several of them date back to before high … [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...]

Supreme Dialogue: Sotomayor and the Place for National Discussion

The confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor is historically momentous but practically uninteresting. The first Hispanic nominee to the Supreme Court meets a senate whose makeup all but assures her confirmation. Yet even anti-climactic nominations provide a rare opportunity within American politics. The confirmation of a Supreme Court justice allows us to contemplate and debate the nature of our regime in ways that escape the day-to-day grind of C-SPAN, MSNBC and Fox News. Normally, our focus … [Read more...]


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