Russian Orthodox Christians take on Apple’s “Blasphemous” Logo

When I was in high school, we had a flyer on our refrigerator that listed products associated with Procter & Gamble. We were supposed to boycott them because Procter & Gamble's president had announced on a talk show that he supported the Church of Satan. As it turns out, this case of satanic allegiance was completely false. It seems laughable now that this rumor was able to gain any traction whatsoever, but it arrived during the "Satanic Panic" during which experts and religious leaders ( … [Read more...]

Confession of Sin on Twitter?

Twitter is a fun part of social media because it is the meeting ground for possibility and brevity. In 140 characters or less, you can inform folks about your lunch, send your followers to a link you enjoyed, or try to impress everyone with how witty and concise you can be. But should there be limits that go beyond number of characters? Should you expose your soul to the world and come clean for you sins in 140 characters or less? I wouldn't recommend it.There is a community of Reformed Jews … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Facebook as the New Door-to-Door Ministry

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.There was a time in the United States when a visit from a neighbor was always a pleasant surprise. When the country was more rural, when televisions and computers and cell phones did not exist, a visiting neighbor meant news to be shared and fellowship to be had. It broke the monotony. Plus, neighbors counted on each other for help.Today's world is different, and a surprise knock on the … [Read more...]

Higgs Boson and the Goodness of Scientific Discovery

On July 4, 2012, scientists at Switzerland's CERN made an announcement that involved an altogether different kind of fireworks, i.e., the kind of fireworks that one gets when smashing protons into each other at nearly the speed of light. After close to forty years of theorizing, analyzing, and searching -- and yes, smashing protons -- the scientists announced that they were 99.9999% certain that they had discovered the elusive Higgs Boson. Considered by many in the scientific community to be one … [Read more...]

Play in Process: A Facebook Game about Jesus Made Me Look Like a Silly Christian

Each week in Play in Process, Richard Clark shares what he’s been playing and why it matters.I spent a good amount of time recently playing Journey of Jesus: The Calling, a Facebook game that is similar to Farmville in a host of key ways, but unique in that it involves an ongoing narrative in which the main character follows Jesus around through several biblical locations. It is an underwhelming game, at least when it comes to what you might expect from the story of Jesus' life.Because I wa … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Etsy, Ravelry and the Chance for Real Representation

If you think that knitting is on the brink of becoming a lost art, you might want to think again. There's a lot of knitters out there who would politely disagree, and a surprisingly large bunch of them have made their craft into a full-time job. Aside from the obvious wooly occupations that might immediately come to mind (such as working for a yarn company, at a craft store, or teaching classes), hosting sites like Etsy and Ravelry have enabled something relatively new: Independent pattern … [Read more...]

This American Lie: The Ecstasy and Agony of Mike Daisey

In 2010, Mike Daisey -- who had previously garnered acclaim for 21 Dog Years, a book and monologue about his experiences working for Amazon in the late '90s -- published a new monologue titled The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. In it, Daisey discusses his geekiness, his love for Apple products, and even his admiration for Steve Jobs's ability to "[make] us need things we never even knew we wanted."His love and admiration took a hit, however, when he read about someone purchasing an iP … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Spotify and the Culmination of a Century of Commercial Music

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.Spotify has been in business here in the United States since summer 2011. With nine months of legal music streaming under our belts, what do we have to say about this radical new way of listening to music? Are Spotify and other music streaming services just another passing trend in music listening? Is it a democratization of music or is it a … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Online Evangelism?

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.Due to some family medical problems (nothing "serious," but plenty inconvenient), I did not have the time to write a column this weekend; so, rather than skip this week entirely, I've decided to feature an old CaPC article that I am proud of, an article that most of you would probably never find on the site otherwise. As I've said before, t … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Who Are the Tastemakers Today?

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.There is a lot of talk these days about how digital media and social networking is changing the music industry. Streaming services like Spotify are taking the center stage in terms of mass music distribution, and the result is that music is being made and listened to differently. However, defining who the tastemakers are in our emerging  online c … [Read more...]