Podcast #119: Shameless Plugs, Psychopathic Brains, and Sports Madness

Click here to listen!In the episode of the CaPC podcast, editors Brad Williams and Drew Dixon shamelessly plug CaPC's new iPad app (which you should go straight to the Apple app store and subscribe to), and they talk about important things like psychotic brains and the madness of sports.  You should check it out.We love feedback. If you’d like to respond, you can comment on the Web site or send an e-mail to christandpopculture@gmail.com. We’re also on Twitter and Facebook. We would love t … [Read more...]

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-un are BFFs. How Nice.

I would like to nominate Dennis Rodman and the crew of VICE media as the next recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. They have successfully done what no other Americans can claim to have done: They have wined and dined with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un after sharing an unforgettable evening of friendly basketball diplomacy together.Who could suppress a smile after seeing the heartwarming photographs of Rodman and Kim laughing heartily side by side at an exhibition game of North Korean and … [Read more...]

Mo Farah Responds with Grace to Awkward Interview

Distance-running phenom Mo Farah—the Brit who just won double Gold (5,000M / 10,000M) at the 2012 London Games—has likely run countless races and been interviewed countless times over the course of his career. I’m guessing that eventually the post-race interview gets to be rather typical. Even routine.But the interview he experienced this past weekend after winning the half marathon in the New Orleans Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series was anything but typical or routine.After clocking a new c … [Read more...]

Three Lessons We Can Learn from The Recent Tim Tebow and Louie Giglio Debacles

 You have probably already heard of the imbroglio created when Tim Tebow backed out of an Easter speaking engagement at the First Baptist Church of Dallas. When I saw the original announcement that Tebow made on Twitter, I knew immediately that it was going to be a big deal. FBC Dallas is one of the flagship churches of the Southern Baptist Convention, and SBC represents one of the denominations where Tim Tebow is held up as a shining example of what a Christian should be.But … [Read more...]

The Shocking Fall of Oscar Pistorius

When it was time for the summer Olympics last year, I was most looking forward to the Track and Field competitions. I'm a newbie runner, who, at the time, was in the midst of training for my second half marathon. Summer is a hard time to train, but I saw something at the Olympics that gave me some encouragement: a double amputee, Oscar Pistorius, running hard alongside athletes with all of their legs. Running is hard, exhausting work, and I cannot imagine running without the feet and knees that … [Read more...]

Music Matters: 3 Ways of Looking at Beyonce’s Halftime Show

Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith."With the media referring to her and husband Jay-Z as the Obamas of the entertainment industry, what Beyonce does has huge ramifications on our culture." Everyone can relax. Beyonce's halftime show did not cause the power to go out at the Superdome. But her electrifying performance created a litany of responses that have yet to see their last flicker of light. Even Christ and Pop Culture wr … [Read more...]

Podcast #109: A Bowl Full of Super (Plus: YOLO, Lance Armstrong)

Every week, various Christ and Pop Culture writers delve deeper into recent articles and address some of the bigger issues in popular culture.Click Here to Listen!The podcast is back! Christ and Pop Culture editor Ben Bartlett and editor-in-chief Richard Clark hit the ground running, discussing the Super Bowl (TM) and all of its satellite issues: the Harbowl, the concussions, the violence, and most important, Beyonce.They also talk about that whole YOLO trend and what the heck is up … [Read more...]

What They Want Us to Believe: We Tackle the Super Bowl Commercials Head On

We sort through the stuff in between the game and get down to reality.Every year, we watch the Super Bowl for the football, talking through the whole thing, yelling at the television, marveling audibly at the half-time spectacle, and then shushing one another to a hushed silence during the commercials. It's a time that, for better or worse, both reflects and influences the attitude and mood of the general public. It takes our culture's temperature, and it writes a prescription for what ails … [Read more...]

According to Andrew O’Hehir, Football Is in a Well-Deserved ‘Death Spiral’

As I write this, countless Americans are preparing to get together with friends and family to watch the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers square off against each other in Super Bowl XLVII. The Super Bowl is arguably America's biggest sporting event, but it's also the biggest marketing day of the year, as advertisers reveal multi-million dollar commercials during the game's primetime hours. Hollywood gets in on the action too and uses the game to air teasers and trailers for the year's bi … [Read more...]

Is It Time to Forgive Lance Armstrong?

 Is Lance’s confession more than the damage control of a still self-obsessed Machiavellian? I know a man who lies. When he was young, the lies were simply self-serving. He wanted something, and manipulating the generosity and trust of others got it for him. As he aged, and as trust eroded in his natural social circles, the lies expanded. He sought attention and appreciation, and had only one tool that could get it. Eventually, the chickens came home to roost.Today, he has little contact wi … [Read more...]