Skyfall and Spectre: The Bonds of Family – Christ and Pop Culture

**Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre.** Orphans always make the best recruits, remarks M (Judi Dench), the ice-cold spymaster, while standing in the frigid Scottish Highlands with her loyal protector, James Bond (Daniel Craig), by her side. She is, of course, referring to Bondthe iconic protagonist of... Read more

COVID-19 Is Our Monster and Our Mirror – Christ and Pop Culture

In film and literature, monsters are often thought of as other-worldly, inhuman, or a stand-in for the other. According to this understanding, a monster is frightening to us because of its unfamiliarity to us. . . . we as Americans are not as totally independent and isolated from others as we often like to believe.But... Read more

‘Christ Has Forgiven Me for So Much More’: Mechanic Forgives Attacker following Brutal Stabbing

'Christ Has Forgiven Me for So Much More': Mechanic Forgives Attacker following Brutal Stabbing Philadelphia mechanic Brett Lynn recently shared a testimony of forgiveness following a brutal stabbing by an intruder in his family-owned shop, Faithwire reports.Seven years ago, Lynn had arrived home after dropping off his kids at gymnastics when the incident occurred. He... Read more

What Do We Owe Each Other While We Wait for The Good Place? – Christ and Pop Culture

Hell is other people. At least thats what Jean-Paul Sarte argues in the play No Exit and what C. S. Lewis displays in The Great Divorce. Hell consists of people moving further and further away from each other because they cant get along. (And anyone on social media can get on board with that reasoning.)... Read more

The Gospel in Dickens, Discount for CAPC Members – Christ and Pop Culture

Christ and Pop Culture members receive 30% off The Gospel in Dickens, edited by Gina Dalfonzo, until October 11, 2020, through our partnership with Plough Publishing House. With the state of the world today, escaping into a good read is more tempting than ever. We can set aside our personal and collective troubles by entering... Read more

How to Experience Joy with Chronic Illness

6. Find Reasons to Laugh When I first became sick, I fell into a bit of a depression. My battle started with colitis, which initially was unmanaged, and soon morphed into an ongoing battle with fibromyalgia. The ongoing pain and fatigue dramatically changed my lifestyle. I felt like Id lost so much, including the ability... Read more

Gardeners World and the Object of Attention – Christ and Pop Culture

British television has a reputation for excellence. The BBCs prestige dramas, like Sherlock, Broadchurch, and ITVs Downton Abbey are known for their performances and sharp writing. Equally important is the sense that British TV knows not to overstay its welcome. British series tend to end sooner rather than later, unlike American franchises, which more often... Read more

16,000 Accept Christ, 1.8 Million Watch Greg Laurie’s Virtual ‘Cinematic Crusade’

16,000 Accept Christ, 1.8 Million Watch Greg Laurie's Virtual 'Cinematic Crusade' Pastor Greg Laurie on Tuesday said 1.8 million people watched Harvests A Rush of Hope evangelistic film Labor Day weekend, with 16,000 making professions of faith for Christ.We have a lot of bad news right now, I thought you all could use some good... Read more

The Performers Weve Lost and the Stories They Carried – 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. I remember well the death of Brittany Murphy. She was bright, bubbly, young, and talented. As the character Tai in 1995s Clueless (a modern retelling of Jane Austens Emma), she was a staple of... Read more

How to Form a Battle Plan for Your Depression

Mental health has plagued us for generations. Depression and anxiety are far more widespread and spoken about than in our parents day. With the quickly-changing world, an even faster awakening has come to the places where we struggle with our mental health.It should come as no surprise that this year has ramped up even higher... Read more

Out of Many, One: What Jane the Virgin Can Teach Us about Immigration – Christ and Pop Culture

Jane the Virgin and its nod to telenovelas (and all their glory) took comedic television by storm, earning a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy Series after its first season for Gina Rodriguezs portrayal of Jane. While the show ended last summer after five seasons, there are plenty of reasons why the telenovela... Read more

How to Live the Bible Working for Christ – Bible Gateway Blog

This is the one-hundred-twentieth lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. In recent lessons weve looked... Read more

How to Find Relief in a Time of Hurting

What gives you hope? What inspires you? What Scriptures did you memorize as a little girl that bring back child-like faith? Write those Scriptures down on index cards and put them on your fridge, in your purse, on your steering wheel, on your bathroom mirror, everywhere. The more you feed on Gods word, the stronger... Read more

Alvin Kelly and the Flagpole Sitters of the 1920s: They Weren’t Sick, but They Weren’t Well… – 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. As Ive plugged away at this column, one of the interesting realities Ive kept bumping up against is that fads and panics,... Read more

Call center introduces angry Iranians to Christ – Mission Network News

Iran (MNN) — There are plenty of circumstances fueling Iranian anger. The economy is failing, and governmental denial frustrates working-class citizens. The second wave of COVID-19 stokes fiery indignation. Suppressed by authoritarian rule, most Iranians direct their rage at the alleged source of all unhappiness. Anger, hate, and resentment towards God and religion are very... Read more

Are Christians More Confident in Politics Than in Christ?

Just as the pandemic has exacerbated the problem of Christians beingmore shaped by online pundits than in-the-flesh pastors, it has also intensified political tribalism. With few places to converse other than our online communities, the levels of vitriol and contempt have risen to insufferable levels. Its been painful to see the church in America follow... Read more

Persuasion 199 | Getting By… with Luke T. Harrington – Christ and Pop Culture

Humor has been rather hard to find in 2020. We’ve had month after month of very serious happenings. When the world is falling apart, laughter feels wrongeven callous. Serious things call for a serious countenance… right? In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson kick off a late summer miniseries called Getting By.... Read more

Around the Corner of Christ – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of September 1

Around the Corner of ChristHave you been following Jesus for a while now? Has He led you down fearful paths and left you there? Did He run out on you right when the bad guys showed up? I know that answer to those questions. He stayed, He fought for you, He won, and as a... Read more

What Does the Bible Say about Our Desires?

How can we know, when we receive an inner spark, whether that desire comes from us or God? And what about our so-called unspiritual longings? Like wanting to purchase an outfit or car or some other material item? Does the Bible have anything to say regarding our budget and shopping? And if so what? Obviously,... Read more

Chadwick Boseman Lived on Purposeand We Will Never Be the Same – Christ and Pop Culture

On August 28, Chadwick Boseman passed away after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43 years old. He died at home with his wife and family by his side. The outpouring of condolences on social media only begins to tell the story of Chadwicks impact. Chadwick Boseman began his acting career in 2003... Read more

NBA Playoff Boycott Makes History (and Echoes a 2,000-Year Call to Self-Sacrifice) – Christ and Pop Culture

Earlier this week, three NBA playoff games were scheduled for Wednesday night. None of them were played. Following the horrific shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, all six teams chose to boycott in protest. First the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic boycotted, and the other four teams followed. This has... Read more

20 Psalms and Songs of Peace for a Worried Spirit

16. Psalm 131:1-2My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.Let go of striving, be content... Read more

‘May This Be a Land Where He Rules Supreme,’ Ohio Mayor Surrenders City to Christ

'May This Be a Land Where He Rules Supreme,' Ohio Mayor Surrenders City to Christ Last weekend, Christians from multiple churches alongside elected officials in Ashland, Ohio partook in an act of corporate repentance and prayer before God in calling for a national and global revival.Hundreds of people from the community gathered at the special... Read more

A Prayer for When You are Ready to Give Up

You have GOT to be kidding me. I said to myself as I looked at my choir enrollment numbers for the upcoming school year. This was my second year as the choral director at a small private Christian school and while we were still in the building phase of the program, I was not ready... Read more

CAPC Magazine Issue 1 of 2020: Reaping Time – Christ and Pop Culture

Letter from the Editor: A Constant Change Time hounds each one of us. We look at the day ahead, all of us holding the same 24 hours to spend as we will. We work. We worship. We play. We learn. We rest. We invest these pieces of time for some desired end. And what do... Read more

Wait with Me by Jason Gaboury, Free for CAPC Members – Christ and Pop Culture

Wait with Me by Jason Gaboury is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until November 26, 2020, through our partnership with InterVarsity Press. During our current pandemic-induced distancing, most of us have experienced a shrinking of our social interactions. We are working, schooling, and worshiping from home. The bulk of our community... Read more

Smallvilles Storied Heroism – 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. Remember when DC superheroes werent all about that grimdark life? In 2001, the WB (later the CW) welcomed us to sunny Smallville, the home of the Kent family, the Luthor fertilizer plant, and Smallville... Read more

Flipping the Switch and Renewing Our Minds

Every time I touch my phone someone is reminding me what a doozy 2020 has been so far. Whether its an email cancelling another fill-in-the-blank, the news reporting another political rant, a snarky social media post, or a text with a desperate prayer request from someone I care about.Our culture has been hit hard. And... Read more

10 Powerful Christian Meditations to Use Daily

Today, more than ever, we all arefeeling the effects of stress, whether from our families, our jobs or even the news on our screens (mobile, TV, tablet, or otherwise). For over300 million individuals, this stress and anxiety can be overwhelming, leading to depression and other mental disorders.However, taking a moment of quiet and finding your... Read more

Why Do I Feel So Inadequate?

Would you take a walk with me in the garden? Imagine with me the warmth of the sun shining on our freckled faces, shaded by the brim of our floppy straw hats. Hand-in-hand and heart-to-heart, together we navigate the cobblestone paths of the garden, taking notice of how much the twists and turns resemble those... Read more