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The Trailer for ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ Promises a Very Spooky Meditation on Mental Health | RELEVANT

Mike Flanagan is on a bit of a hot streak, updating classic scary books for modern audiences. His The Haunting of Hill House for Netflix was a sharp “remix” of Shirley Jackson’s famous novel of the same name, andDoctor Sleepmade for a deliciously spooky sequel to The Shining. Now he’s returned to Netflix forThe Haunting... Read more

Returning to the Darkness: Following David Lindsay on A Voyage to Arcturus, 100 Years Later – Christ and Pop Culture

David Lindsays novel A Voyage to Arcturus was published in September 1920, and if you are a fan of speculative literature, it may be one of the most influential books youve never read. If you havent heard of it, or only recall its title in some vague, dj-vu-like way, youre in good company. The book... Read more

Africa Has Dodged the Worst of the COVID-19 Pandemic | RELEVANT

Early in the pandemic days, there was a good deal of gloomy prophesying about what would happen when the novel coronavirus hit Africa, predicting that the looming health emergency would cripple a continent in which many countries are experiencing high rates of poverty. There were calls for an influx of aid and loans to African... Read more

When It Comes to Grief, Answers Won’t Fix Everything | RELEVANT

Mystery is part of life and part of faith. Not mystery as riddle or puzzle, which suggests someone holding us in ignorance for a while or playing games with us. The other meaning of mystery is realities that are so large, so complex and so high that our limited minds cannot comprehend them. Mystery as... Read more

How Does COVID-19 Affect Kids and Babies? – The Gospel Coalition

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Dr. Scott James: You’re listening to TGC Q&A, a podcast from The Gospel Coalition. This is the Christians and Healthcare series, where we seek to answer questions at the intersection of faith and... Read more

Anna Golden on How Praise and Worship Is Evolving | RELEVANT

At just 23 years old, Anna Golden has already become a seriously influential woman in worship music, getting signed to Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s new imprint and winning thousands of fans with her studious songwriting, marvelous voice and heart for praise. But it wasn’t always a given that Golden would end up in worship she got... Read more

U.S. Billionaires Have Grown $845 Billion Richer Since the Pandemic Started | RELEVANT

Pandemic or no pandemic, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett and the rest of the American billionaires have actually had a pretty good last few months. Over the last six months, U.S. billionaires have seen their wealth jump by 29 percent about $845 billion. Musk is now worth $92 billion, a 273 percent leap... Read more

The Church Must Learn to Bridge the Racial Divide | RELEVANT

“Are you a football player? I havent even settled in my airplane seat before I am peppered with smile-laced questions about my professional sports history. The question almost always comes from someone white, and genuinely nicebut the root of the sentiment is still the same: Youre in first class because youre large and play sports.... Read more

2020 Watch: Swarms of Vampire Bats Could Be Headed to the U.S. | RELEVANT

Global pandemic: Check. Record-setting wildfires: Check. Murder hornets: Check. Possible signs of life on Venus: Check. Vampire bat invasion: we’ll see. Researchers say that as climate change boosts temperatures across the globe, the southern U.S. is becoming more hospitable to vampire bats, who may be slowly moving north from their usual South and Central American... Read more

The Real Key to Healthy Self-Esteem | RELEVANT

There is nothing more transformative in human life than suffering. Whether it be from significant change, loss, grief, disruption, or despair, and COVID-19 has been all of those for so many of us. Routines have been interrupted, ways of conducting one’s private and professional affairs have been altered, possibly forever. Many are facing another underlying... Read more

Cuties Isnt the Problem: Our Cultural Addiction to the Sexualization of Minors – Christ and Pop Culture

Every other Tuesday inStoried,K. B. Hoyleexplores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. Cuties is the story of Amy, an 11-year-old Senegalese Muslim girl living in Paris. Amy, like most 11-year-olds, wants to fit in with her peers, but being from an immigrant family and a religious... Read more

Poll: America’s Faith in a COVID Vaccine Is Dwindling | RELEVANT

President Donald Trump has lately been hinting that a vaccine for the coronavirus will be ready to go before the election, but will anyone care? A new poll from Axios-Ipsos shows that Americans on both sides of the political aisle are quickly losing their faith in a coronavirus vaccine, with increasingly few numbers saying they’re... Read more

Persuasion 202 | Toeing the Party Line

Perhaps during this series you’ve become open to the idea that political engagement is an avenue for kingdom flourishing to bring about the common good. And perhaps you’ve also clarified the sort of nation you want to build with your political engagement. Now we move from theory into practice, because political engagement will actually require... Read more

Who Is Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s Likely Supreme Court Pick? | RELEVANT

48-year-old U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett is reportedly at the top of President Donald Trump’s list to replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who passed away last Friday. As such, Coney Barrett’s become a lightning rod online overnight for her past comments, rulings and writings and her faith is coming under scrutiny as well. Described... Read more

Uh, Jim Caviezel Says a ‘Passion of the Christ’ Sequel Is in the Works | RELEVANT

Jesus is coming back soon, to theaters near you. In an interview with Brietbart News, Jim Caviezel says folks are indeed hard at work on a sequel to his 2004 megahitThe Passion of the Christ. That movie made $400 million and was the highest grossing R-rated movie in history, at the time. It’s understandable that... Read more

The Forgotten Art of Following | RELEVANT

Where in the Bible does it say God commands us, as Christians, to be leaders? When Jesus called his disciples, he didnt tell them, Lead others. He told them, Follow me. And yet thats not what church conferences tend to be about. Nor is it the stuff of bestselling books. Nor will you find a... Read more

Soul Music and the Obviousness of God – Christ and Pop Culture

I think you first get into soul music because it makes you move, but I think you stay with soul music because it moves you. It connects us to something beneath (or past) the rhythms, swooping vocals, and tight horns. To quote Sam Cooke, it sends youbut sends us where? Heaven, yes, but also to... Read more

Nothing Seems Quite Real in the Weird First Trailer for Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ | RELEVANT

The Marvel machine has tried their hand at TV before, with ABC’sAgents of SHIELDandAgent Cartershows, along with Netflix’s series likeDaredevil, Jessica JonesandLuke Cage, but Disney+ upcoming Marvel series are promising far more direct lines to the movies themselves, featuring spinoff adventures with a-list Avengers likeHawkeye, Falcon & the Winter Soldier, Lokiand, first up,WandaVision. The latter... Read more

A Surprise Fleet Foxes Album Is Dropping Tomorrow | RELEVANT

As we ease into the back half of September, it’s hard not to start thinking about the fall. Big cardigans, crunchy leaves, apple cider, Fleet Foxes albums …no pandemic can keep you from enjoying any of these things. In fact, you’ll have an excess of the latter: a surprise new Fleet Foxes album is dropping... Read more

6 Ways Christians Can Be Wiser in Political Engagement

Christians can and should pursue wisdom and political engagement concurrently. But in this deeply polarized, reactive political climate, is it possible? We think so. Its important believers dont simply mirror a broken world when engaging politics. Here are six ideas to help frame how our thinking can be more characterized by Christian wisdom than by... Read more

Secondary Infertility: Awkward Sorrow, Useful Instructor

I often tell people that my two children were born of prayer. What I mean is that getting pregnant took longer and required more prayer than I ever imagined before marriage. Each month brought a new wrestling match between the hope of pregnancy and the anguish of deferment. And hope generally lostbut twice. Ive now... Read more

A Word for Weary and Waiting Christians

How long, O Lord? If you havent uttered those words as a Christian in 2020, youve likely thought them. The question of when God will say amen and end these current trials is not answered for the biblical authors. Indeed, this is one place where the contextual bridge from Bible reading to application is not... Read more

Persuasion 201 BONUS | Interview with Sam Perry – Christ and Pop Culture

Listen to Hannah’s full interview with Sam Perry in this special members-only bonus episode . . . This content is for Christ and Pop Culture members only. If you'd like to continue reading it, either log in to your account or subscribe today. Article/Post Source

PornEven in the Name of ArtPerpetuates Abuse

In the outrage following the controversial new Netflix dramaCuties, Ive been haunted by memories. They say old sins cast long shadows, but I feel as if they have ghosts. I see my childhood self in those little girls. I see so many girls I never knew but whom I witnessed being abused. I dont know... Read more

Dont Forgetthe Gospel Is (Still) for Christians

Non-Christians who believe the gospel become saints who keep believing the gospel. This gospelor good newsis about what God has done for us in Jesus. The good news about the person and work of Christ was Gods plan before he laid the foundation of the world. In the eternal wisdom and decrees of the Trinity,... Read more

Seeing and Believing 264 | I’m Thinking of Ending Things and The Third Man

With Wade on vacation, Kevin calls on Sarah Welch-Larson this week to help make sense of Charlie Kaufman’s latest brain-bender. I’m Thinking of Ending Things, now streaming on Netflix, features Kaufman’s trademark metafictional flourishes and thematic concerns; does it stand alongside Synecdoche, NY and Anomalisa in pulling off the balancing act between “challenging” and “inscrutable”?... Read more

Report: A Texas Pastor Says He Will Lose His License For Endorsing Joe Biden on Social Media | RELEVANT

The Baptist Standard reports that a 21-year-old minister from Arlington, Texas was told by his pastor that his preacher’s license would “not be renewed” after he used his social media account to endorse Joe Biden for President. David Bumgardner, a student of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminarys Scarborough College, received his license to preach on July... Read more

Here’s the Trailer for Showtime’s Yuge Upcoming TV Event: ‘The Comey Rule’ | RELEVANT

Jeff Daniels is Jeff Comey and Brendan Gleeson suits up as President Donald Trump in the new trailer for Showtime’s upcoming dramatization of the whole Comey situation that was only about four years ago, though it feels closer to 100. The one-time director of the FBI first drew ire in 2016 for his investigation of... Read more

So, Why Hasnt Jesus Come Back Yet? | RELEVANT

Devastating wildfires. Global plagues. Unprecedented political swerves. If you’re looking for an apocalypse, there certainly do seem to be some end of the world energy in the air right now. Of course, this isn’t necessarily new. From the rapture hooplas that wasted a hundred million dollars on billboards, to the Left Behind writers who fictionally... Read more

The Trump Administration Says It Will Ban TikTok and WeChat From the App Store | RELEVANT

Time’s up for TikTok, if the Trump Administration is to be believed. On Friday, the White House made what appears to be an unprecedented move of banning Chinas TikTok and WeChat apps from mobile app stores, starting Saturday. The move will likely escalate tensions with Beijing, as plans that seemed designed to smooth over the... Read more