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‘Jesus Christ, Admittedly Was Not Perfect,’ Claims CNN Host Don Lemon

'Jesus Christ, Admittedly Was Not Perfect,' Claims CNN Host Don Lemon In a discussion over Americas founding fathers with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon stressed that all of humanity, including Jesus, was fallible.On Mondays broadcast of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, Lemon noted that a lot of what Americans learn about history... Read more

Pastor John Piper Warns Christians Not to Place Patriotism over Christ, the Church

Pastor John Piper Warns Christians Not to Place Patriotism over Christ, the Church In a recent episode of his podcast called Ask Pastor John, theologian and pastor John Piper challenged Christians not to amplify patriotism in their lives over their loyalty to Christ.Piper, who is the founder of Desiring God, offered his take on patriotism... Read more

A Prayer of Endurance for Chronic Illness

As I listened to the doctors diagnosis, words like pain management, lifestyle changes, and your new normal faded into a vacuum of information that was just too much to process. He wanted us to work together to come up with a health plan for the future, but this question kept running through my head. How do... Read more

How Lava Lamps Made Sex Boring Again – Christ and Pop Culture

Every other Wednesday in Fads!Crazes!Panics!,Luke T. Harringtonlooks at one of the random obsessions to have gripped the public mind in the recent past, and tries, in vain, to make sense of it all. You may know the lava lamp as the classic symbol of sex, drugs, and rebellion, but it started life in a surprisingly... Read more

Reconcilable Differences: Unity and Division via Pearl Jams Gigaton – Christ and Pop Culture

If I may, may I (if necessary) reintroduce you to Pearl Jam who just released their 11th record, Gigaton. You can take Pearl Jams pulse by the political climate and their prior record, 2013s Lightning Bolt, captured the band more or less at repose. The band had just passed the 20-year mark. Obama had won... Read more

David Oyelowo: ‘I’m Seeing More Christ on the Streets Than I’m Seeing in the Church’ | RELEVANT Magazine

In 2014, David Oyelowo shocked the nation with his revelatorySelmaperformance, bringing the life, words and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the screen with unbridled power and poignancy. Since then, the UK-born actor has become an American citizen and has continued to turn in a series of startling roles. You’ll hear him... Read more

5 Spiritual Disciplines to Lighten Your Load

There have been many days in the last few months that have felt as though I was carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. I have felt weighed down by all of the things I was seeing and hearing. It is beyond overwhelming most days.Heaviness. That's the feeling we are carrying.My heart aches... Read more

Run the Jewels Ooh LA LA Video Imagines Parties Instead of Protests – Christ and Pop Culture

Imagine a world where money wasnt the basis for human value. But dont use a Jermaine Dupri and Jay-Z imagination, envisioning a Ferrari or Jaguar switchin four lanes / With the top down screamin out money aint a thang! If youre having trouble visualizing a society devoid of wealth measured in dollar amounts, hip hop... Read more

Prayers of Strength for Those Suffering from Addiction

News stations and newspapers report the damage and destruction. Loving and caring family and friends, well-educated doctors of all kinds, and counselors and caregivers attempt to hold back the storm. Yet, in 2017 over 19 million people gave in to the siren of addiction, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).... Read more

How a Global Pandemic Exposes Our Desire for Authority – Christ and Pop Culture

In a recent episode of the podcast Hidden Brain, University of Maryland psychologist Michele Gelfand considers the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of culture. She explains that what we are seeing in the various national responses to COVID-19 aligns with her research of relative tightness or looseness in cultural norms. Countries known to have tight... Read more

I Am Not the One Who Can Forgive: The Quarry and the Hopefulness of Violent Grace – Christ and Pop Culture

I have found that violence is strangely capable of returning my characters to reality and preparing them to accept their moment of grace. Their heads are so hard that almost nothing else will work. Flannery OConnor In the latest film from director and screenwriter Scott Teems titled The Quarry, the audience gets a glimpse of... Read more

‘I Was Filled With the Holy Ghost and it Scared Me’: Denzel Washington Recounts Coming to Christ

'I Was Filled With the Holy Ghost and it Scared Me': Denzel Washington Recounts Coming to Christ Brooklyn Pastor A.R Bernard of Christian Cultural Center was joined by award-winning actor Denzel Washington on Instagram Live Thursday where they discussed Washingtons spiritual journey and relationship with God.In the 33-minute video, Washington noted that he... Read more

6 Things to Do When You Are Disappointed in Your Life

Tears streamed down my cheeks. My daughter walked up to me as I tried to dry my face. Mom are you okay? she asked. Yes, sweetie. I just need a minute. The past several months had been filled with personal disappointments. I was physically and emotionally exhausted.Later that evening, my husband and I had a... Read more

9 Things You Should Know about Trauma

One of the single biggest barriers to my own healing from trauma was the Churchs teaching on denying ourselves.The church warned me about the dangers of:My emotions: They were the optional caboose in the train of faith, as Bill Bright put it.My desires: They were invariably worldly and sinful.My judgement: It was pride talking.There is... Read more

‘Jesus Christ Is the Most Famous Black Radical Revolutionary In History,’ Black Lives Matter Leader Says

'Jesus Christ Is the Most Famous Black Radical Revolutionary In History,' Black Lives Matter Leader Says In an interview with Fox News, Hawk Newsome, the head of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, claimed Jesus was the most famous black radical revolutionary in history.On Wednesday evening, Fox News Host Martha MacCallum had... Read more

A Powerful 7-Step Plan to Reclaim Your Joy

What Is Biblical Joy? Jesus wanted his followers to be people of joy. Right before His arrest, after he taught the disciples about the importance of abiding in Him, he said:These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.  John 15:11We have a... Read more

How to Help Someone with Anxiety

When someone we know is experiencing anxiety, it can feel like there is nothing we can do to help them. It can be overwhelming to constantly answer questions, calm the individual, or help de-escalate their thoughts and feelings. This article will point towards some practical ways to help and to gain understanding of the anxiety... Read more

McCarthyism Was Driven by a Lot of Bluster, Paranoia, and Hearsay, Which for Legal Purposes Is a Fact Unrelated to the Present Political Moment – Christ and Pop Culture

Every other Wednesday in Fads!Crazes!Panics!,Luke T. Harringtonlooks at one of the random obsessions to have gripped the public mind in the recent past, and tries, in vain, to make sense of it all. On February 9, 1950, a freshman senator from Wisconsin named Joseph McCarthy was giving a speech to Republican donors in West Virginia.... Read more

Good Stress, Bad Stress, Whats the Difference?

In our fast-paced culture, finding balance can feel nearly impossible. There is so much pressure to fill up every moment of our day. Achievement can easily become our god. Balance is something we all aspire for while testing out ideas like minimalism, meditation, and more.Where do we draw the line between the positive stress that... Read more

The Ickabog: A Fairy Tale and a Parable to Sear Our Consciences – 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. There once was a kingdom divided into two very unequal parts. Cornucopia was its name, and it consisted mostly of regions brimming with resources like cheese, wine, meat, and pastries. All the people were... Read more

Trope Alert: The Real Virus Is Sin – Christ and Pop Culture

If your social media feeds have been anything like mine since early March, they have been crowded with posts such as the one below: The Facebook equivalent of a Chick tract, images like these could easily be dismissed as rhetorically clueless. (Who, among the posters presumably Christian connections, is the audience? How likely is somebody,... Read more

5 Important Things You Need to Know about Counseling

As lifes ups and downs happen, the thought may occur: Should I go to counseling? Do I need help? Should I go to a Christian counselor? First, I want to normalize this. So many people have had this same thought! It can be scary to take the first step in scheduling your appointment and finding... Read more

SBC’s Ronnie Floyd: ‘The Church of Jesus Christ Must Answer This Moment in American History’

SBC's Ronnie Floyd: 'The Church of Jesus Christ Must Answer This Moment in American History' The Southern Baptist Conventions Executive Committee joined an online video conference with five Black Southern Baptist Convention pastors to talk about race in America.According to the Christian Post, Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd said the meeting was so... Read more

Believing What We Want: Conspiracy Theories and the Gospel – Christ and Pop Culture

I first saw Plandemic in the wilds of Facebook. The short trailer of the upcoming film is now increasingly difficult to find as most platforms have removed it and a Google search returns only popular response articles and videos. But a month or so ago, a few friends had shared the viral video clip, and... Read more

Seeing and Believing 252 | Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island – Christ and Pop Culture

Spike Lee’s latest film for Netflix has been causing a sensation, and this week Wade and Kevin check it out. Da 5 Bloods, a sprawling look at the legacy of the Vietnam War for black Americans, is Lee’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning BlacKkKlansman. The guys do a deep dive on Da 5 Bloods‘ themes and... Read more

How to Battle Depression in Isolation

If I am honest with myself, there are times even in a house full of people that loneliness is stronger than ever. Maybe it is the quarantine rules that are keeping me from interacting with friends in a way I am used to. Or maybe it is the fact that it feels like so much... Read more

When Christ stood in Trafalgar Square

The Ecce Homo outside St Paul's Cathedral(Photo: Peter Crumpler)I'm not a big fan of statues but my favourite was the life-sized figure of Christ that stood in London's Trafalgar Square during the Millennium celebrations.It stood on the square's previously-empty fourth plinth, going almost unnoticed among the surrounding grand statues and with Nelson's Column towering above... Read more