The Hidden Craze Over Mein Kampf

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What do Mein Kampf (written by anti-Semitic dictator Adolf Hitler) and Fifty Shades of Grey (an erotic novel that’s enraptured suburbia women book-clubs) have in common? They are selling way better as e-books. Now that the “Best of 2013” lists are finalized, several voices in the media, from the Los Angeles Times to The Guardian, have found it alarming that Mein Kampf is among the bestsellers of 2013.Ever since its release in the U.S. in 1939, the sales of Mein Kampf have steadily declined. H … [Read more...]

God and Country: Echoes of the Church in American Music

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Church history is a vital subject for any serious student of theology. Without church history, we don’t have a historical framework for the development of liturgical styles, church music, culture, and doctrine. Church history is not confined to pews and hymnals, though; because of the seeping nature of Christianity, Church history interacts with and affects everything around it. When the dots are connected, sacred and secular prove to be moot terms in the scope of history. Culture and s … [Read more...]

God and Country Music: Traditionalism as a Shadow of Reconciliation

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Music journalist Greil Marcus believes that you can understand a culture if you understand its music. And while statistics are about as reliable as Firestone Tires on Ford Explorers, research has shown that 42 percent of the American population listens to country music. This means that out of every ten blokes you’ll meet, at least four of them probably love that high and lonesome sound. So according to Greil Marcus’ school of thought (and mine, and you know, a lot of people), what is being said i … [Read more...]

Virgin Tales and the Romance Prosperity Gospel

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A new evangelical “documentary” movie’s trailer starts out typical. Young women pledge to stay virgins until marriage. An evangelical song plays. Younger girls dance in lacy white.Then we see a woman kneeling for her fatherly/priestly blessing. Later we hear another woman say, “I’ve just always known that I wanted to be a wife and a mother. I would hate to go off and spend thousands of dollars on an education that I wouldn’t use.”Wait — wasn’t this presentation about staying pure before m … [Read more...]

Why Does God Care about My Sex Life?

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a little piece for Christ and Pop Culture about a Q&A session with Tim Keller at The Gospel Coalition conference. I asked about revival, and among other things, Keller said something about sex and the complex nature of doubt. Given that what he said was fairly conservative, had to do with sex and doubt, and, in all fairness, could have been reported more clearly by me, the unsurprising result was a lot of pushback—some legitimate and some not so much. Feel free … [Read more...]

Breaking News: ‘Accidental Racist’ Fixes Racism!

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After a tumultuous 394-year history, the volatile racial tension caused by cultural misunderstandings (slavery), social stigma (slavery), and politics (slavery) is over. African-American ambassador LL Cool J and the white cultural attaché, Brad Paisley, signed the cultural armistice after lengthy deliberation on the two groups’ historic conflicts of interest (slavery). “The relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixin,” commented Cool J before the summit. The release of their joint song … [Read more...]

Problematic Poetry about Precious Puritans

  “Forgive these wild & wandering criesConfusions of a wasted youthForgive me where I fail in truthAnd in Thy Wisdom make me wise” The great Alfred ‘Lord’ Tennyson had the good sense to preface his triumphant work   In Memoriam with a humble caution. Tennyson must’ve known that words, especially when written about the weakness of man, will just rub some people the wrong way. And often, the more poignant the words, the crazier the reactions tend to be.For example, Propaganda’s ‘Prec … [Read more...]

Pole Fitness for Jesus?

This is perhaps the weirdest news story I have seen all year. Crystal Dean, a fitness instructor at a studio called Best Shape of Your Life, is offering a fitness class that as far as I know is unprecedented: Pole Fitness for Jesus. These types of fitness classes are a growing trend in fitness centers across the country but hosting such classes primarily for church goers is a surely a first. Dean offers these classes free of charge on Sundays to women who bring in their church bulletins. Dean … [Read more...]

5 Reasons We Work

Was I exaggerating in my last post?No, but to leave the world of work without reflection would be unfair at best and dishonest at worst.  So, even as you struggle to retain the poetic insight of your soul after a long day of manipulating pivot tables, I offer the following considerations for why we work.We work because we must. Not merely in the, “pay the bills,” sense, mind you, but in the, “God hath ordained,” sense.  From the beginning of time, it was God’s design that one aspect of his gl … [Read more...]

Reviewing: Christ and Culture Revisited

Here at Christ and Pop Culture, we don’t want our readers to think we just sit around watching movies and arguing about visual morality.  We like to read, too, and thought it might be helpful to review the latest book on the interaction between our faith and our spot in history.  Here, then, is my review of D.A. Carson’s, “Christ and Culture Revisited.” How shall Christ and Culture interact?  The question is universal.  From Christians hiding in China, to the power and majesty of Catholicism, t … [Read more...]


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