Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘Letters To Malcolm’

Editor’s Note: November 22, 2013, will mark the fiftieth anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death. On that day, he will be given a place in Westminster Abbey’s renowned Poet’s Corner. In commemoration of this event, all this week Christ and Pop Culture contributors will be writing about the works by C. S. Lewis that have been most personally significant to them.A dear friend much older and wiser than myself first introduced me to C.S. Lewis’s Letters To Malcolm. At the time he suggested that I read … [Read more...]

This Is Your Brain on Prayer

A 1980s anti-drug use PSA featured a hot skillet and a raw egg. To demonstrate the effect that drugs had on your brain, the hot skillet was held out and the voiceover told us, “This is drugs.” As an egg was cracked into the skillet and immediately began to pop and sizzle, the voiceover continued: “This is your brain on drugs.”Those lines came to mind as I read a Huffington Post article about recent research studying what happens to the brain when we pray. The research found that prayer activa … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Is Nicki Minaj Possessed?

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.As is typical, the Grammy Award show this year had its fair share of ups and downs -- the ups including Adele's standout performance and Jennifer Hudson's tribute to Whitney Houston and the downs being just about everything else. However, what stood out as being particularly strange to me about this year's awards show was that issues of … [Read more...]