‘Glee’ Star Naya Rivera Is Missing and Presumed Drowned After a Boating Trip With Her Son | RELEVANT Magazine

Very sad news out of Southern California today, where the Ventura County Sheriffs Office is saying Gleestar Naya Rivera likely drowned while boating with her four-year-old son on Lake Piru. The boy was found alone asleep on their rented boat on Wednesday afternoon, but there is no sign of Rivera. Theres no evidence of... Read more

Funny Beliefs 4 | Stories

Its hard to acknowledge an offensive joke. Youve failed on two fronts: you werent funny and your words were harmful. It contradicts stories we tell ourselves, like I wouldnt make a racist joke or I couldnt be sexist. In this episode, Ben shares how the practice of confession has helped him recognize his own harmful... Read more

Why the Church Needs to Stop Preaching “All Lives Matter” | RELEVANT Magazine

Throughout my time following Christ, different aspects of my reality have been shattered. Becoming a follower of Jesus as a teenager meant that I simply did not know much about life and perspectives other than my own. Thats an unfortunate fact of my life. However, the solution to broadening my worldview was equally as... Read more

Living in the Past is Killing Your Future | RELEVANT Magazine

One of our biggest spiritual problems is this: we want God to do something new while we keep doing the same old thing. We want God to change our circumstances without us having to change at all. Were asking God for new wine, but weve still got an old wineskin. We get stuck, and... Read more

5 Ways to Actually Create a Healing Space for Mental Health in the Church | RELEVANT Magazine

In 1990, The Clergy as a Resource for Those Encountering Psychological Distress found that a person under psychological distress will turn to their clergy before talking to a mental health professional.   And with 1 in 5 adults in the US experiencing mental illness each year, you better believe this exists... Read more

John Lewis’ Fight for Justice Isn’t Over | RELEVANT Magazine

Rep. John Lewis has lived at the forefront of Americas fight for racial justice for the past half-century. He was the leader of more than 600 peaceful protests in Alabama and has been arrested more than 40 times. From being the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington, to serving more than 30... 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

John Mulaney Will Reunite With the ‘Sack Lunch Bunch’ for Two New Comedy Specials | RELEVANT Magazine

John Mulaney’sSack Lunch Bunchwas a Netflix comedy gift a children’s special that both satirized the genre while also serving as a pretty good example of it, with lots of charming tunes to keep kids happy and lots of jokes and celebrity cameos that worked on multiple levels for every age demographic. Mulaney’s as a... Read more

What Does the Bible Say About Divorce and Remarriage?

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Hi, you’re listening to TGC Q&A, a podcast from The Gospel Coalition. And this is the Biblical Counseling Series, featuring hopeful answers to your questions on navigating fear, anxiety, ministry, and marriage, and... Read more

Pharrell Has a New Gospel Music Docuseries in the Works for Netflix | RELEVANT Magazine

Pharrell Williams is teaming up with Netflix forVoices of Fire a docuseries that will follow the multi-hyphenate singer/songwriter/producer/actor/artist and his uncle Bishop Ezekiel Williams on a quest to find musical talent in the gospel choirs of Hampton Roads, Virginia Williams’ hometown. Happy Sunday! Excited to announce Voices of Fire, a new docuseries that follows... Read more

A Reminder From Tom Hanks: ‘Wear a Mask, Social Distance, Wash Your Hands’ | RELEVANT Magazine

Greyhoundlands on Apple Plus Friday, starring Tom Hanks in a script he himself adapted from C.S. Forrester’s novelThe Good Shepherd. As part of promoting the movie, Hanks went on theTODAY Showto share some cheap advice from America’s favorite uncle: The idea of doing ones part should be so simple: wear a mask, social distance,... Read more

For King and Country On Creativity in a Pandemic and Learning to Weep With Those Who Weep | RELEVANT Magazine

Joel and Luke Smallbone had to cancel a tour this year. Most touring acts did, of course, given the state of the world. But not every act has taken to quarantine with the creativity and energy that the brother duo better known as For King and Country did. They promptly set about recruiting some... Read more

ICE Says International Students at Schools Offering Online-Only Classes Must Leave the U.S. | RELEVANT Magazine

On Monday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced that international students taking courses at entirely online schools this fall will not be allowed to enter the country and, if they are already here, must leave. The agency suggested that international students who want to stay in the U.S. should transfer to a school offering... Read more

Why the Early Church Wasn’t Interested in Political Power | RELEVANT Magazine

A student recently asked me, What can we do topreventAmerican society from becoming totally post-Christian? In the few moments before I answered, I thought about thedifferent religious commitmentsof Gen Z and the entrenched secularism that will make it difficult in the decades ahead for Christians to sit in the halls ofpower. Very little, I... Read more

Your Seat in Church Is a Seat in Heaven

My churchs dark wood pews and red cushions are probably 30 or 40 years old, approximately as old as the congregation itself. Hymnals and Bibles rest in carpet-padded racks on their backs; holes cut in the wood hold discarded communion cups in groups of four. After years of use, many of the pews sustain scratches,... Read more

Johnnyswim On Spending Their Quarantine With ‘Strangers’ | RELEVANT Magazine

Everyone’s had a quarantine project. Maybe you wanted to finish reading the Great American Novel. Maybe you wanted to finish writing it. Maybe you wanted to learn a new language, pick up juggling or just connect with a few old friends. Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano, the husband-wife duo better known as Johnnyswim, had... Read more

Lawyers: The Breonna Taylor Arrest Warrant Was Tied to a City Gentrification Plan | RELEVANT Magazine

Breonna Taylor’s shooting was tied to a broader Louisville Police Department operation to gentrify the western part of the city, according to lawyers representing her family. The lawyers say the slain 26-year-old’s apartment had been targeted by narcotics detectives who’d been “deliberately misled” by a police squad. From the Louisville Courier-Journal: The complaint which... Read more

Iconic Film Composer Ennio Morricone Has Passed Away | RELEVANT Magazine

Ennio Morricone has passed away, according to the New York Times. The legendary Italian composer whose spaghetti western film scores helped define a whole genre passed away in Rome at the age of 91. Morricone became famous for his stupendous scores for Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwoods 1960s western classics likeA Fistful of Dollars(1964),For... Read more

Colin Kaepernick Is Partnering With Disney for Several New Series About Race, Justice and Equality | RELEVANT Magazine

Colin Kaepernick’s production company Ra Vision Media has entered into a historic partnership with Disney+ to produce several new series. ESPN reports that the new shows will aim to uplift filmmakers of color, and center on stories about race, social injustice and the ongoing battle for equality. “I am excited to announce this historic... Read more

White Privilege Is Seeing ‘White’ as the Default | RELEVANT Magazine

Two days ago, I sat at the dinner table, watching World of Dance on my phone when a call came in. It was a friend, one of those people you meet at work and you instantly connect. My friend and I had bonded over her incredibly cute kids and our mutual love for Jesus.... 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

The Church Doesnt Need Online Watchmen

Christians on the internet can sometimes be like the fake Batmans in Christopher Nolans The Dark Knightcopycat caped crusaders wearing hockey pads and DIY cowls. Our personalities online can often mimic a kind of second life as vigilantes: Self-appointed citizens who undertake the role of law enforcement in their community without legal authority, typically because... 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

White Christians, Being ‘Woke’ Isn’t the Point | RELEVANT Magazine

White Christians need to confront the motivations that fuel the desire to be “woke.” I dont think that most of us who are white see how big of a problem this assumption of being woke is, which is why we dont spend the necessary time engaging in introspection and self-reflection. Why do we want... Read more

Seeing and Believing 254 | The Truth and Eurovision Song Contenst

Whether you’re in the mood for a quiet family drama or a silly over-the-top comedy, Seeing & Believing has you covered for the Independence Day weekend. First up is The Truth, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s follow-up to his Palme d’Or-winning Shoplifters and his first non-Japanese-language project. With a star-studded cast that includes Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, and... Read more

Literary Genius in the Story of Jesus

Behold, something greater than Jonah is here. . . . Behold, something greater than Solomon is here (Matt. 12:4142). For Jesuss audience, and for us too, Jonah and Solomon exist within story. These men are inseparable from their goals, their conflicts, and their stories resolution. For Jesus to say something greater than these men has... 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

Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes on Injustice, ‘The Blessing’ and Their New Album | RELEVANT Magazine

Like most of the world, Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes had most of their 2020 plans put on hiatus by the global pandemic. The famed worship duo have been putting their lockdown time to good use, working on a few renditions of their hugely popular “The Blessing” and planning a live worship album for... Read more

Funny Beliefs 3 | Beautiful, Horrible People

What can we joke about? How far is too far? Our answers tend to be personal, which makes it hard to discuss why some humor is offensive. In this episode, Ben shares his search for an ethical framework that allows for great comedy, lines up with his Christian faith, and makes sense to collaborators with... Read more

How I Became a Subversive Patriot

Shortly after my family immigrated to America in 1999, my uncle handed me a history of the United States written in Chinese. I gobbled the book in two weeks, immediately captivated by the personalities and idealism behind America’s founding. I was particularly fascinated by the story of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, lifelong friendsand rivalswho... Read more