RetroPost: Christians and March Madness

In RetroPost, we feature a post from at least one year ago (ancient in pop culture time). The posts are featured because they have some relevance to current happenings, because they are timeless in nature and speak to a relevant issue, or because we plan on providing a follow-up in an upcoming post.This Week: A year ago, Ben Bartlett addressed why we enjoy March Madness as well as some considerations Christians should have about the tournament season.Each year, March Madness is a staple of … [Read more...]

Looking Forward: Politics in 2009

Many Christians remain on the defensive in response to the culture around them, pointing out dangers and condemning anything that makes us uncomfortable. We find warning and condemnation to be a valid position, but not a valid default position. In order to demonstrate an alternative, we thought we’d demonstrate what it’s like to give popular culture the benefit of the doubt.All this week, the writers at Christ and Pop Culture will be playing the role of evangelist for some of the things we’re mos … [Read more...]

UFC: Barbaric or Manly?

It was controversial when it first arrived on the scene back in 1993. John McCain spoke out vehemently against Ultimate Fighting, calling it “human cockfighting.” The sport was pushed into the main-stream under the flag of violence, the original producers behind the sport believing that its violence was its most attractive feature. Since Dana White took over, however, the sport has developed rules and caters more toward the technical side of the sport.Of course, no matter how you pitch it you c … [Read more...]

RetroPost: How Do You Respond When Your Team Loses?

In RetroPost, we feature a post from at least one year ago (ancient in pop culture time). The posts are featured because they have some relevance to current happenings, because they are timeless in nature and speak to a relevant issue, or because we plan on providing a follow-up in an upcoming post.This Week: With the BCS Bowl having just passed and the SuperBowl in the near future, Christians face yet another opportunity to come to terms with the possibility that their team may not be the … [Read more...]

Do the Olympics Idolize the Human Body?

One day, our resurrected bodies will be free from pain—all that mounting with wings as eagles and running without growing weary. One of the things I enjoy about the Olympics is how the athletes’ strength and speed can hint at the futures of our glorified bodies. But sometimes I wonder if the Olympics set up the human body as a false god to be worshiped. I’ve been talking with several people recently about the feature that NBC aired about Michael Phelps’s body (called, revealingly, “Michael Phelps … [Read more...]

Christians and March Madness

Each year, March Madness is a staple of the sports fan diet. NCAA basketball dominates the news, gives rise to hundreds of individual storylines, and causes countless hours of, "wasted," time as sports fans everywhere watch around a dozen games in the course of a couple weeks. What's the deal?Really, it is simple. The NCAA basketball tournament satisfies several things which are important to the souls of competitive people everywhere.1. It satisfies the love of simple competition.Sports … [Read more...]

How Do You Respond When Your Team Loses?

Frustration, anger, disappointment, embarrassment; these are all feelings that stir up in any good sports fan as he watches his team lose a big game. These were my feelings as I yelled at the TV, threw my hate in the floor and finally resigned myself to accepting defeat on January 7th. My Ohio State Buckeyes, yet again, lost in the BCS Championship Game, this time to LSU. It felt like a replay of last year's even more embarrassing devastation delivered to us by Florida. But the defeat did get me … [Read more...]

Podcast #9: Football – America's Gladitorial Spectal?

Click here to listen!When David told me he would be out of town last weekend, we both agreed that it was the perfect time to talk about sports. Though we are both college football fans (Me: Auburn/Florida/Louisville; David: Ohio State/Ohio State/Ohio State), we aren't really all that knowledgeable about the subject. And yet, no other aspect of pop-culture evokes the sort of passion and devotion as sports, and more specifically American football.We decided our first-ever guest host needed to … [Read more...]


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