After a sermon a few weeks ago, a parishioner quipped, “Don’t you have anything better to do?” This comment was jovial in nature. It was not meant as a jeer or insult in any way. However, it donned on me that perhaps it would be prudent to write about why I take so much time to understand pop culture. Continue reading
I don’t look like Brad Pit, Hugh Jackman, or Liam Hemsworth. I don’t have bulging biceps or chiseled abs. I don’t have strong cheek bones or a defined jaw line. I’m not worth millions of dollars, nor do I have the adorations of fans everywhere. Continue reading
I have intentionally withheld posting this for the past couple of days, wanting to see if anyone would mention Gaga’s performance. Why is Miley Cyrus shamed for her scantily clad performance, while Lady Gaga is hailed as an artist for hers? What are the complex issues involved in this? Continue reading
What is the difference between authentic church ministry and mere publicity stunts? What’s the difference between wanting to build community, and wanting to simply attract attention? These are thoughts I had when I heard about the “Seusscharist”. Continue reading
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For many, the forced and over-the-top manner in which theological imagery was imputed into the movie is both ridiculous and absurd. After all, the Christian belief in Jesus is not a belief in a superhero.
The culture’s sexualization of young women begins with the culture promoting the supremacy of the princess to young girls. Toddlers and Tiara’s is a prime example of this. Continue reading
If the church has a role here, maybe it is in reclaiming our message about sin, death, evil, and even the Devil. Maybe the culture doesn’t need yet another message about how to love one another; maybe it needs to hear about the reality of evil and sin, and how they will be thwarted once and for all.
Posted in Pop Culture Piety Tagged Christian, Evil, faith, feature, God, Jesus, Murder, pop culture, redemption, sin, telvision, Wrongdoing