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The Christian Medical and Dental Association Is Begging Churches to Stop Holding In-Person Services | RELEVANT

The Christian Medical and Dental Association is an enormous and influential group of over 20,000 Christian healthcare professionals in the U.S. who have been urging all Americans, but especially Christians, to love their neighbor and slow the spread of COVID-19 by abiding by social distancing guidelines. The group released a series of guidelines to help... Read more

5 Money Mistakes to Avoid During the Holiday Season | RELEVANT

Let me guess, your to holiday to-do list is 427 feet long already. The quarantine calendar bleeds red seasonal markups with Zoom office parties, Zoom family gatherings, Zoom church obligations and maybe even Zoom school programs. There are celebrations to be had, gifts to be wrapped, traditions to be honored and of course food. The... Read more

CAPC Magazine Issue 3 of 2020: Stories – Christ and Pop Culture

Letter from the Editor: The Perfect Story Im guilty of wanting the perfect story. I can spend an hour clicking between Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Netflix trying to figure out what show I want to start watching rather than ever starting one. I will Google and read lists of what shows I should watch, what... Read more

Joe Biden’s Secretary of State Nominee Tony Blinken Once Went on ‘Sesame Street’ to Talk Refugees | RELEVANT

President-elect Joe Biden is moving ahead with cabinet picks and just sort of ignoring President Donald Trump’s flailing legal effort to overturn the election results. The New York Times reports that among Biden’s expected moves is the nomination of Tony Blinken to Secretary of State. Blinken is a well-known advocate for global alliances and worked... Read more

Let the Story Live a Natural Life – Christ and Pop Culture

For creators and the participants both, there lies a danger in loving a story to its own detriment. A perverse love fails to love a story for the good within it, but rather desires it to go on and on, never ending . . . Thiscontentis for Christ and Pop Culture members only. If you'd... Read more

Christian Storytelling and the Upsidedown Shadowlands – Christ and Pop Culture

"Further up and further in” is an imaginary concept, informed by legend and myth, and also Scripture. These are invitations for all to partake in bigger experiences, conversations, joy, and peace . . . This content is for Christ and Pop Culture members only. If you'd like to continue reading it, either log in to your account... Read more

On the Come Up and Letting the Story Speak – Christ and Pop Culture

Clinging to my perspective while reading endangers my practice of reading as a method of gaining insight . . . 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

2020 Has Felt Like Advent All Year

For many, 2020 has felt like one long groan. Between the pandemic, a struggling economy, the isolation of quarantine and online school, civil unrest, racial injustice, wildfires, hurricanes, a noisy election, and divisive public discourse, this year has reminded us again and again of our mortality, lack of control, and collective brokenness. As 2020 comes... Read more

Propaganda on Why He’s Not Ready for Justice Activists to Go Back to Brunch Yet | RELEVANT

Although President Donald Trump’s various attempts at a legal challenge to the vote continue unabated, there is just no reason to doubt that Joe Biden handily won the election and will be sworn in as president in January. This raises all sorts of emotions and, in some cases, lack thereof among the American populace. Some,... Read more

Movies You Can Watch With Your Parents That Are Actually Good | RELEVANT

OK, presumably, not many of us are headed home for the holidays. Unless you’re already living with your parents (which, all things considered, is neither unlikely nor anything to be embarrassed about) you’re probably, hopefully keeping Thanksgiving a small, socially distanced affair this year as we all do our best to flatten that nerve-wracking curve... Read more

Well, Sean Feucht Is Now Selling ‘Jesus Christ: Super-Spreader’ T-Shirts, Apparently | RELEVANT

We’ve covered Sean Feucht’s current Let Us Worship campaign, in which the one-time Bethel Music worship leader is traveling coast-to-coast protesting state-mandated social distancing guidelines with an outdoor concert series. His protest/worship concert hybrids have understandably stirred up a lot of strong reactions. Some from people who resonate with Feucht’s notion that current guidelines issued... Read more

How to Find Rest in Restless Times | RELEVANT

Most of us have been there. We wake up, somehow peel ourselves out of the bed and reach for our phone. By the time weve scrolled through junk email, news, socials and all the wonderful, worrisome or weird things to be found on the Internet, the clock has moved much further than we thought. A... Read more

Pfizer Is Submitting Its COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency FDA Approval Today | RELEVANT

Good news alert: Pfizer is submitting its COVID-19 vaccine to the FDA, requesting emergency approval to speed up the process and begin distribution to Americans. Pfizer has evidence that the vaccine is safe and about 95 percent effective at blocking the vaccine. If all goes well, the first doses of the vaccine could be administered... Read more

Seeing and Believing 271 | Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy and Sean Durkin’s The Nest

With family gatherings just around the corner (or not) for Thanksgiving, Wade and Kevin take a look at a couple of new family dramas that are just hitting streaming platforms this week! First up is Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy, starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close. How does the cinematic adaptation of J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir... Read more

What Quarantine Rhythms Should Families Make Permanent?

At some point in 2021depending on the coronavirus situationparents will transition their families from quarantine back into more regular routines (Lord willing). Its an attractive prospect, given the limitations and frustrations that sequestered life has created. But along with our eagerness to ditch stay-at-home life, are we blind to its benefits? If all we can... Read more

Brittney Moses on How the Church Can Be a Solution in the Mental Health Crisis | RELEVANT

For all the talk about mental health that has become extremely prevalent in 2020, the conversation in faith groups can still be a little stilted. Most people understand, at this point, that acute anxiety is not a symptom on unrepentant sin and a good counselor can be an answer to not a substitute for prayer.... Read more

‘Fox News Republicans’ Believe Christians Face Discrimination in the U.S. | RELEVANT

A new study shows that Republicans who consider Fox News their primary source of information see the world very differently than people who don’t, and that goes for who they think faces discrimination in the U.S. too. Article/Post Source

John Maxwell: Your Life Can Be a Great Story | RELEVANT

When I meet people for the first time, as soon as the introductions are out of the way, I ask them to share their story to tell me who they are and where theyre from, where theyve been and where theyre going. I want to understand what matters to them. Maybe you do the same.... Read more

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Will Debut on HBO Max on Christmas Day | RELEVANT

So, it’s come to this. After a year of COVID-related delays, one of the biggest movies of 2020 will bow on a streaming service where it will likely be the biggest streaming debut of all time.Wonder Woman 1984, the follow-up to 2017’s enormousWonder Woman, is headed to HBO Max on Christmas Day, the same day... Read more

Paris and Damascus Are the Worlds Most and Least Expensive Cities | RELEVANT

Working remotely and thinking about moving for a new adventure? A new list of the worlds most and least expensive cities might factor into your decision. Hong Kong, Paris and Zurich are now the world’s most expensive cities, a new survey has found. Singapore and Osaka, which were tops in previous years, dropped to fourth... Read more

3 Ways You Can Love Those Who Think Differently in Your Life | RELEVANT

We can often be tempted to put our allegiance in the wrong order. If you are an American and you are a Christian, then you are a Christian American. We often view ourselves as American Christians instead of Christians who live in the United States of America. When we struggle to show kindness and seek... Read more

9 Mistakes Every 20something Is Allowed to Make | RELEVANT

Im well into my twenties now, which means Im all too familiar with the pressure to have life figured out. Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances from high school we stalk on Facebook all press us with the idea that we’ve got little margin for error in our twentiesthat life should play out like a... Read more

Here’s Another Trailer for ‘Voices of Fire,’ Pharrell’s Reality Gospel Series | RELEVANT

We’ve got a longer look atVoices of Fire, the Gospel music reality TV series about Bishop Ezekiel Williams’ quest to build the world’s best, most inspirational gospel choir, and the famous, music genius nephew who helped him do it. Yes, Pharrell went back to his home in Virginia Beach to help his uncle see his... Read more

We Used to Ask Institutions to Form Us. Now They Must Affirm Us.

Institutions of every sortreligious, family, media, government, education, and moreare being weakened by various corrosive pressures, both internal and external. Often for good reason, trust in institutions is waning. Weve simply been let down too many times, or witnessed too many toxic or abusive institutions. Forging through life as freelance individuals, disembedded from institutions and... Read more

Stop Praying for Stuff (and Start Praying for God)

In the Lords Prayer (Matt. 6:913; Luke 11:24), Jesus teaches his disciples about the priorities that should shape the prayer life of every believer. This model prayer is full of requestsfor daily bread, forgiveness, leadership, and deliverance. But it also shows that our greatest need is not just to get stuff from God. Our greatest... Read more

2020 Watch: Gritty Took the Enneagram and He Is an Eight | RELEVANT

What is ever going on in 2020? Every day brings us a new headline that shifts our epistemological mooring by being both obviously true but never feeling true. As New York Times op-ed columnist Elizabeth Bruenig had it, “we live in an age where everything is shocking but nothing is surprising.” This goes for COVID-19... Read more

Lecrae Provides the Music in the Magnetic First Trailer for Regina King’s ‘One Night in Miami…’ | RELEVANT

We’re already pretty excited for Regina King’s directorial debutOne Night in Miami…, a film adaptation of Kemp Powers’ stage play about the night Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke, Malcolm X and Jim Brown met to celebrate Ali’s win over Sonny Liston in 1964. The film earned rave reviews at festivals and there is talk about a... Read more

North Dakota Has the World’s Highest COVID-19 Mortality Rate | RELEVANT

Data from the Federation of American Scientists uncovered a grim and stunning statistic on Wednesday: North Dakota has not only the highest COVID-19 mortality rate of any state in the country; it has the highest COVID mortality rate in the world. Currently, North Dakota has a rate of 18.2 COVID deaths per million people. South... Read more

Avoiding Compassion Fatigue | RELEVANT

In January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. The disaster killed more than 250,000 people and left ilie s1 II island nation-the poorest country in the western hemisphere-devastated. Then, in March 2011, an 8.9 earthquake struck Sendai, Japan. Not only was it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded, it also resulted in a... Read more

Uh, Kurt Russell Has Compared His New Santa Clause Movie to ‘The Passion of the Christ’ | RELEVANT

Well, you read the headline, and the headline doesn’t lie. In an interview with the New York Times, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn waxed about their new Netflix Christmas franchise The Christmas Chronicles,in which the actually married duo play Santa and Mrs. Clause (who are also actually married, of course) and presumably get into all... Read more