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We All Should Have Seen the Beanie Babies Crash Coming, but We Didn’t – 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. In 1995, Chicago-based plush toy manufacturer maker Ty Warner had a problem. Against all odds, he had already built himself a respectable... Read more

The Mandalorian Recap: The Way Is Not This Way (Season 2, Episode 3) – Christ and Pop Culture

Were running a weekly recap of The Mandalorian on Disney+ for season two. There are spoilers, duh! Youve been warned. Before I talk about The Mandalorian, I want to share a personal story. Years ago, I was heavily involved in a small, unnamed network of church plants scattered in university cities around the United States.... Read more

The Vow: Stories of Truth and Deception – 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. Im positive Allison Mack did not set out to be a sex trafficker. The perky Smallville actress with her blonde pixie cut and infectious smile was already an established child actress with a passion... Read more

Bruce Springsteens Letter to You: A Masterful Exploration of Faith, Death, and Life After Death – Christ and Pop Culture

In his autobiography Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen writes about growing up in church and the lingering effects of his childhood faith: It was a glorious and pathetic place I was either shaped for or fit right into. It has walked alongside me as a waking dream my whole life. So as a young adult... Read more

The Mandalorian Recap: Safety Not Guaranteed (Season 2, Episode 2) – Christ and Pop Culture

Were running a weekly recap of The Mandalorian on Disney+ for season two. There are spoilers, duh! Youve been warned. Last week, I came to terms with how The Mandalorian will only ever be a monster-of-the-week pulp series. And now, after shoving down my expectations of what this show would be in order to accept... Read more

Boys State, Starring Our Own Malnourished Political Imaginations – Christ and Pop Culture

I think hes a fantastic politician. But I dont think a fantastic politician is a compliment either. These sound like the weary words of a veteran political analyst, but theyre actually the reflections of a high school student after a week-long experiment in self-governance. Rene Otero was bemoaning the negative campaign tactics of a fellow... Read more

Help Kids Behold the Point of Popular Culture

As a new school year begins, Christians keep wrestling with popular culture: the stories, songs, games, and more that fill our world and influence our children. Parents often ask, How much is too much? about their childrens smartphones or game-playing time. Pastors, who may have once cautioned about popular culture, now wonder if they should... Read more

Blessed Are the Weary, for They Will Find Rest – Christ and Pop Culture

This article was created in partnership with InterVarsity Press. I exhale in deep sighs more often than not anymore. My son asks whats wrong and, trying to spare him the fullness of feelings made evident, I mumble something something Im tired. Seven-year-olds make surprisingly skillful philosophers and, after a particularly mournful respiration, he noted, Its... Read more

Ted Lasso Is Rooting for You – Christ and Pop Culture

Ted Lasso absolutely should not work on paper, and I was not interested. The name of the show is not particularly appealing and told me nothing at all about its premise. All the marketing indicated that it is a show based on English football (soccer, to all you Americans), a sport I havent feigned interest... Read more

The Mandalorian Recap: Put on Your Mean Faces (Season 2, Episode 1) – Christ and Pop Culture

Were running a weekly recap of The Mandalorian on Disney+ for season two. There are spoilers, duh! Youve been warned. The Mandalorian will never be the show I want it to be. I had a feeling this was the case during the first season, but after this last weeks premier, Im certain of it. I... Read more

Lets Make America Truly Great Again: Revisiting Reconstruction – Christ and Pop Culture

Make America Great Again is undeniably a culturally polarizing phrase and phenomenon that has been remarketed and recycled from past presidential campaigns. The white letters emblazoned on the fiery red hats and blue flags flood campaign rallies across America in support for the United States 45th President. The question that phrase raises, however, has yet... Read more

You Will Probably Not Be a Rock God, and Neither Will I: Some Deep Thoughts on Bill and Ted Face the Music – Christ and Pop Culture

Some time ago, I remember scrolling through Facebook (never a good idea), and I came across an image with a quote from pastor Andy Stanley: Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise, it read. My immediate thought was, Aw, cute, someones aunt posted another... Read more

Mexican Gothic: Silvia Moreno-Garcias Dark Fairy Tale – Christ and Pop Culture

Silvia Moreno-Garcia has been publishing fiction for around a decade now, including half a dozen novels in the past five years. But her star rose significantly this summer with the widely touted release of her latest novel, Mexican Gothic. Since its publication four months ago, Mexican Gothic has sold well and earned its author widespread... Read more

Something Wicked, Something Holy: Light and Darkness in Something Wicked This Way Comes – Christ and Pop Culture

Evil grows in the dark. And, sometimes, Halloween comes to town. Horror, as a genre, works in strange ways. There are killer clowns and gruesome torture to test teenage mettle. Then, theres the quiet, searching silence. Ray Bradburys Something Wicked This Way Comes is the latter. Its poetry stands apart, a stately manor all creaks... Read more

Pandemic Restrictions, Human Limits, and Meaningful Gestures – Christ and Pop Culture

This article was created in partnership with InterVarsity Press. Growing up in the church has its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, from early on, I was immersed in Bible reading, prayer, and worship. It was just a way of life, one I didnt know could be different. On the other hand, it has... Read more

Enola Holmes and the Goodness of Telling Old Stories from New Perspectives – 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. The world arguably does not need another adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyles famous detective. Sherlock Holmes screen interpretations are numerouslegion, even. Since the publication of the first Sherlock Holmes story in 1887 (A Study... Read more

In Memory of Larry Prater – Christ and Pop Culture

While watching highlights from the 2017 Astros championship games with his wife and his grandson, who sat next to him and called the plays, my dear friend Larry Prater passed into glory October 19 at 2:30 PM CT. Ive known this day would come for quite some time. Larry had been battling cancer for four... Read more

No, the Medieval Era Wasn’t Characterized by Rampant Witch-Burnings. You’re Thinking of the Modern Era – 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. Its that time of year again, when the days get shorter and the nights get longer, and the thoughts of children everywhere... Read more

CBS All Accesss Spiritless Twilight Zone – Christ and Pop Culture

Next to Star Trek, The Twilight Zone was CBSs most well-established property upon which to build once it launched its streaming service CBS All Access. The original Twilight Zone series ran five seasons from 1959 to 1964, created and spearheaded by the renowned scriptwriter Rod Serling, who penned an exhausting proportion of its episodes. Despite... Read more

Persuasion 203 BONUS | Interview with Sam Haist – Christ and Pop Culture

Listen to Hannah’s full interview with Sam Haist 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

Dark and Longing for the End of the World – Christ and Pop Culture

**Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for the Netflix series Dark.** Every day is like the same old songUntil everything right goes wrongYou keep the light onYou keep the light onYou keep the night light on(Melody X, Bonaparte) It wasnt until several episodes into Netflixs original series Dark that I realized nearly every episode contained... Read more

Persuasion 205 BONUS | Interview with Alan Noble – Christ and Pop Culture

Listen to Erin’s full interview with Alan Noble 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

Russell Moores Call to Courage in a Culture of Fear

How do you respond to being attacked by the soon-to-be president? Russell Moore was famously on the receiving end of a belligerent Trump tweet in 2016, when the GOP candidate labeled him a nasty guy with no heart! Trump was hardly alone in his anger, and the critics piled on. I was most familiar with... Read more

Church Tycoon and the Church of Christ – Christ and Pop Culture

One of the most common complaints of those who have fallen away from church is Churches are just all about money. In Church Tycoon, these complaints find their logical end. . . . we as Christians have not done a very good job at disabusing people of the notion that the church is all about... Read more

Persuasion 205 | Don’t Waste Your Vote – Christ and Pop Culture

Our country is facing a crucial crossroads… or so we’ve been told, in myriad ways, from both sides of the political spectrum. We need new leadership or more of the same… we need more justices of one kind or another… we need to gain more seats for our side if our values and policies are... Read more

Wayward Ted: Celebrating the Fruit of the Spirit in Ted Lasso – 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. The best stories about sports are the stories that are not really about the sport itself at all. The sporting, or coaching, or athleticism should play a supporting role to whatever else is happening... Read more

Sex and the City of God by Carolyn Weber, Free for CAPC Members – Christ and Pop Culture

Sex and the City of God by Carolyn Weber is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until January 8, 2021, through our partnership with InterVarsity Press. I talk to myself. I always have. I also read voraciously, and that contributes to the inner chattiness. The opinions of my past and current selves... Read more

MSG Is Perfectly Safe to Consume, but We All Spent Several Decades Freaking Out over It Anyway – 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. It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a... Read more

How Purity Culture Rhetoric Can Teach Men to Devalue Women | RELEVANT

In purity rhetoric for men, women are often depicted as damsels in distress, but also as damsels causing distress. Its confusing. Instead of encouraging men to heed Pauls advice to treat older women as mothers, and younger women assisters, with absolute purity (1 Timothy 5:2). Christian books for men focus more on avoiding women than... Read more

Compassion (&) Conviction, Free for CAPC Members – Christ and Pop Culture

Christ and Pop Culture members receive a digital copy of Compassion (&) Conviction, until December 31, 2020, through our partnership with InterVarsity Press. Its an election year. The very words summon deep dread in me. And, for reasons to be explained, make me think of touching a live 9-volt battery to my tongue. If you... Read more