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

CAPC Magazine Issue 2 of 2020: Wrestling Time – Christ and Pop Culture

Letter from the Editor: There’s No Time Like the Present As we enter into the crisper days of fall, Ive found myself reflecting back on the past six months. In our shared experience as humans, weve witnessed things move intensely fast in some ways: while COVID-19 death tolls have skyrocketed, so have scientific advancements. And... Read more

Christians Must Take Climate Change Seriously | RELEVANT Magazine

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first ran on May 9. Living in a post-truth world can be difficult for those of us who simply do not understand the uncanny ability so many people have to simply dismiss facts. Working as a journalist covering climate change, global warming and clean technology for over a... Read more

Read Ryan Coogler’s Lovely Tribute to Chadwick Boseman | RELEVANT Magazine

Black Pantherdirector Ryan Coogler has written a lengthy, beautiful tribute to his friend Chadwick Boseman, who passed away last Friday after a lengthy battle with colon cancer. Boseman not only starred as King T’Challa in Black Panther but was, according to Coogler, hugely instrumental in its production process, providing onset leadership, thoughtful story edits and... Read more

Why Your Prayers Aren’t ‘Working’ | RELEVANT Magazine

I wish I could say that my prayer life is one defined by consistent authenticity and audacious faith. But if I’m being honest Prayer is one of the places I struggle the most in my walk with God. I struggle with slowing down long enough to pray. I struggle with finding a quiet place and... Read more

6 Ways Christians Can Give Faith a Bad Name | RELEVANT Magazine

If modern culture were a prize fight, organized Christianity wouldnt quite be knocked out yet, but it would certainly be on the ropes, waybehind on points coming to the bell. Its no secret that people are leaving the Church in record numbers, and although they may not all be rejecting Jesus, they aresurely saying no... Read more

The RELEVANT Tweets of the Week | RELEVANT Magazine

From the Republican National Convention to Hurricane Laura to the ongoing protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, there were plenty of things to chat about this week. Here are some of the best tweets we came across.   In case you weren't sure, this is the Civil Rights movement of our time. It is happening right now.... Read more

Watch Beyonc’s Music Video for ‘Brown Skin Girl,’ Featuring Lupita Nyong’o, Blue Ivy and Tons of Others | RELEVANT Magazine

  Beyonc’sBlack Is Kingdropped on Disney Plus earlier this week and it’s a visual feast that keeps giving. And now, non-Disney Plus subscribers can get in on part of the action with the music video for visual album standout “BROWN SKIN GIRL,” which features appearances from a whole host of surprise guest stars like Naomi... Read more

New Music Friday Roundup: Hillsong Young and Free, NEEDTOBREATHE, and More | RELEVANT Magazine

Tweet Share Pin It’s Friday and a few artists are starting to slowly emerge from their pandemic lockdowns to drop some new tunes before the weekend. Here are a few releases that should be on your radar this week. NEEDTOBREATHE: Out of Body NEEDTOBREATHE is back with a fresh collection of rootsy Americana and introspective... Read more

So, You Want to Change the World? Start With Your Neighborhood | RELEVANT Magazine

Growing up as a millennial, the mission-centric, overseas life has been idealized and venerated. We are encouraged to look out there and to give and serve, with everything we have whether it be through short- or long-term service trips. Meanwhile, our friends post photos of their life-changing, life-saving, service-oriented Jesus-hugging trips. Naturally, this shifts our... Read more

Lauren Daigle on Why She Loves Billie Eilish, Anderson .Paak and Kanye | RELEVANT Magazine

Over at Apple Music, Lauren Daigle sat down with Zane Lowe to talk about her At Home With playlist Lowe’s ongoing feature where he talks to artists about who they’re listening to and what they’ve been up to on lockdown. In the conversation, Daigle was honest about how much she misses interaction and called it... Read more

Vice President Mike Pence Swapped Out “Jesus” for “Old Glory” In His RNC Address | RELEVANT Magazine

The Republican National Convention continues apace this week, though you could hardly be blamed for not knowing between unprecedented pro sports strikes and a devastating hurricane. Like last week’s DNC, it contains the usual mix of partisan talking points, political figureheads and “rah-rah USA” lingo. And, like last week’s DNC, it also stumbles into some... 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

Yes, the Bible Is a Call to Social Justice | RELEVANT Magazine

Social justice demands a focus on societys problems, a necessary concern that conservative Christians have disregarded for centuries. As Spirit-filled, Bible-believing theologian Kenneth Archer puts it, Social justice is the Spirits cry for the poor and the marginalized, for creation polluted and in decay, and for the victimizers and victims. Healing is found in relationship... Read more

Major Pro Sports Teams Are Striking in the Wake of Jacob Blake’s Shooting | RELEVANT Magazine

The Milwaukee Bucks started what in a matter of hours became one of the boldest and most dramatic stances against racist police brutality in America’s recent history. As athletes and whole teams from the NBA, the WNBA, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer refused to play amidst the social unrest sparked by the shooting... Read more

Two Are Dead and Another Was Injured During Overnight Shootings in Kenosha | RELEVANT Magazine

Update: Police have arrested 17-year-old Antioch, Illinois resident Kyle Rittenhouse in connection with at least one of the shootings. He is being charged with first-degree intentional homicide. Two people were killed and a third was seriously wounded in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where protests continue to surge after a video of police shooting an unarmed Black man... Read more

Uh, Did Drake Rip Off Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed’s ‘Magic & Bird’ Artwork? | RELEVANT Magazine

Back in 2017, ace emcees Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed collaborated forMagic & Bird, an excellent hip hop album that showcased their unique talents, wit and creative zest. The whole thing was tied together by a very funny, vintage basketball-inspired photoshoot. Here’s the cover. That was 2017. This is now. Drake is back with a new... Read more

Jerry Falwell Jr. Resigned Then Un-Resigned and Then Re-Resigned in One Day | RELEVANT Magazine

On Monday, Reuters published explosive allegations from a former business partner of Jerry Falwell Jr. detailing a years-long sexual affair involving Falwell and his wife Becki Falwell. The president of Liberty University was on indefinite leave at the time for a separate scandal involving a bizarre Instagram post and denied the report, telling the Washington... Read more

A ‘West Wing’ Reunion Special Is a Go at HBOMax to Promote Voting | RELEVANT Magazine

Next up on the TV reunion specials that have taken place in lieu of actual new TV shows during the pandemic?The West Wing, which will round the cast back together for an HBOMax special to help rock the vote ahead of this year’s presidential election. It’ll be the first time the gang has been together... Read more

A ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Star Is Calling Out the Remake for Some Whitewashed Casting | RELEVANT Magazine

Brooklyn Nine-Nineis headed north, where Canada is getting a French Canadian remake of the beloved American cop sitcom. Escouade 99, as it’ll be known up there, so far looks pretty similar to its American cousin, featuring a bumbling but good-natured bunch of police officers solving crime (or whatever passes for crime in Canada anyway.) ButBrooklyn... Read more

Check Out a New Song From Bethel Music: ‘Be Alright’ | RELEVANT Magazine

Bethel Music has a new tune that might just be the piece of encouragement that turns your week around. It’s called “Be Alright,” by Dante Bowe, featuring Amanda Lindsey Cook. The song is a sonic trip, starting with some lowkey strums and building towards a gentle zenith that never quite loses its restraint. It’s a... Read more

Love Doesnt Generalize | RELEVANT Magazine

My wife, Bec, and I live in the heart of Sioux Falls—the Cathedral District. If you ever fly into town, you’ll see a big old Catholic church on the hill. We’re just a few blocks away. At one point, this neighborhood was the center of town. Businesspeople, politicians, and doctors all lived there. But as... Read more

A New Way to Think About Christian ‘Rules’ | RELEVANT Magazine

Jesus invites us on a journey. Two disruptive words alter the course of our lives: Follow me. Fishermen lay down their nets. Tax collectors leave their booths. Revolutionaries lay down their arms. And countless people throughout the millennia have reordered their lives around the gospel. We go wherever Jesus goes. The invitation doesnt come with... Read more

Television’s Best Depictions of Christians | RELEVANT Magazine

Its not uncommon to hear Christians complain about how they are portrayed in the media. But, in the new golden age of TV, many shows have opted for nuanced characters over caricatures and stereotypes. Despite complaints over hard-to-define bias, many shows and movies have made Christianity a part of on-screen characters lives, portraying the faith... Read more

Justin Townes Earle Has Passed Away at 38 | RELEVANT Magazine

Very sad news from the world of Americana music, as it was announced that the fantastic singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle has passed away at just 38 years old. The announcement was made via the artist’s official Facebook page. “It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you of the passing of our son, husband, father... Read more

The Internet Has Already Solved the Riddle in ‘The Batman’ Teaser Trailer | RELEVANT Magazine

On Saturday, the first teaser for Matt Reeves’The Batmandropped, giving everyone a first look at Rob Pattinson’s moody, gothy, bone-crunching Dark Knight. It’a great teaser with a surprising amount of footage for a movie that got shut down by COVID-19 woes just a quarter of the way through production, proving that there’s still room for... Read more

Jacob Blake Is Clinging to Life After Being Shot in the Back Seven Times by Police | RELEVANT Magazine

A Black man identified as Jacob Blake is reportedly in stable condition after police officers shot him in the back seven times as he got into his SUV. Witnesses say Blake’s sons looked on as Kenosha, Wisconsin officers fired on their father. The family’s attorney Ben Crump says Blake was leaving the scene after breaking... Read more

The Falwells’ Former Business Partner Is Making Explosive Claims of a Seven Year Sexual Affair [Updated] | RELEVANT Magazine

Update:Jerry Falwell Jr. has reportedly submitted his resignation. Reuters has published an explosive interview with Giancarlo Granda, a former business partner of Jerry Falwell Jr.’s. Granda is alleging a years-long sexual relationship with Falwell’s wife Becki that involved the former president of Liberty University himself. Granda says he met the Falwells in Miami while working... Read more

Tim Keller Makes the Case That Caring About Social Justice Doesn’t Make You a Marxist | RELEVANT Magazine

On Twitter, pastor, author and theologian Tim Keller engaged in a debate with reformed podcaster Jon Harris about social justice and its place in the modern evangelical framework. It was a debate Keller won, and it not only provides a great look a theology of justice but also a gracious, humble style of engaging in... Read more

Do We Like the Idea of Justice More Than Actually Doing Justice? | RELEVANT Magazine

Social justice is cool. And talking about loving the poor and oppressed is super cool. Maybe you’ve got a shelf full of the latest books by social justice crusaders. Maybe you’ve been to the Justice Conference. Maybe you’ve shared that Francis Chan video on Facebook and spoken a silent Yes! Clicked Like. Retweeted. Me too.... Read more