More than Mere Suggestions

When Tim (not his real name) mentioned he had not seen many movies but was interested in good recommendations, I became quite excited.  I began describing the ins and outs of some favorite movies; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, In America, Sunshine Cleaning.  I told him about pain and loss and memory and joy and family and healing.  I told him that these and other movies had played an important part in developing my faith and sense of self.  And then something hit me and I blurted, “Oh wa … [Read more...]

Christ and Un-Popular Culture?

Who do we love to hate and what can we learn from them?One moment: a frumpy, uni-browed, Scotswoman stands at a mic to sing for an audibly disapproving and skeptical audience.  It's not even clear as to why she would leave her cave, much less be so audacious as to waste ninety, precious seconds of their time.  But then, as if heaven itself had opened, a voice erupts from deep within her.  After catching its breath, the audience roars with applause.  Ah yes, now they can celebrate her.The Sus … [Read more...]

Rethinking the Stumbling Block: Christian Culture as a Barrier

As Christians discern how to navigate through popular culture in a way that is edifying to themselves and their neighbors and glorifying to God, one concern that commonly arises is whether or not a particular cultural pursuit will cause a brother or sister in Christ to stumble. We might personally have the freedom in Christ to watch a mature movie, but, for the sake of a weaker brother who might sin against his conscience if he sees this film, we might abstain from watching it for a time. … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Dumb Movies

The onslaught of summer movies, most notably the critically reviled but blockbusting Transformers 2, has renewed the argument over whether or not a movie can be just good fun and still be fun. Our own Charles Jones has already weighed in on this debate, defending Transformers 2 and its' lack of any incredibly thought-provoking plot points or moral messages. He makes some excellent points in the process, and it's worth reading over his article if you haven't already.I'm one of those people that … [Read more...]

Giving: the Beauty of Christian Hospitality

A few weeks ago, my wife and I took a houseboat trip with her extended family on Lake Powell in Utah. Building up to the trip, I knew there wasn't going to be a lot of room on the boat since her aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and grandma and grandpa would be on board with us. Frankly, my ideal vacation is a nice hotel in Europe, not a hot, cramped houseboat in Utah shared with people I hardly knew. I enjoy privacy, quiet, and comfort. I prefer to control when I eat, and what I eat, to be able t … [Read more...]

A Theology of Twitter

As of today, Christ and Pop Culture has launched a Twitter account. You can access it and subscribe here. If you like this site at all, I think you'll really like the twitter feed. Trust us, it will be more than just telling you when we've blogged (in fact, we'll try and refrain from that sort of thing at least for now).In honor of this new Twitter account, I thought I'd offer up this "Theology of Twitter". Enjoy, and see you on Twitter.For many, Twitter is just another sign of the … [Read more...]

But It's About Christ!: Why it is Important to be a Critical Christian

When I was in my teens, I played guitar for my youth group's worship team. There were five or six of us on the team, and none of us were particularly good at playing an instrument or singing, but we were the best the group had to offer. We played every Sunday night for the youth group and practiced about once a week. Our biggest moment was when the youth group had a special event one Sunday afternoon. All the youths were going to be there and some adults would show up too. We planed this event … [Read more...]

Lessons My Daughters Learned from Hannah Montana

A couple of months ago my kids were glued to the television screen.  They were watching the Kids Choice Awards on Nickelodeon.  I have two daughters, 14 and 12 and they wanted to see the latest pop sensation, the Jonas Brothers.  The show was an endless stream of awards generously given out as kids continuously belted out one long scream. When Miley Cyrus, known also as the alter ego Hannah Montana, came up to receive her reward.  She thanked, in true Hollywood style, "my lord and savior Jesus Ch … [Read more...]