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What Theologians could learn from David Sedaris 3
by / on August 9, 2013 at 9:00 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Pop Culture

What Theologians could learn from David Sedaris

We rarely ask of theologians is, “Are you a good person?” If asked, I suspect most would dodge the question with “Well I’m a sinner saved by grace.” But if you pressed them for evidence, I imagine most theologians would respond, “Why?” This is because most theologians hate looking like hypocrites. That is perhaps the one greatest difference between most theologians and David Sederis.

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Switchfoot used to be my favorite band 105
by / on July 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm / in Personal Stories, Pop Culture

Switchfoot used to be my favorite band

As Switchfoot prepares to release Fading West, a retrospective documentary on surfing, music, and their last 8 records. Nathan reflects on growing up with Switchfoot as his favorite band.

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The Epistemology of Hip-Hop 2
by / on December 8, 2011 at 6:30 am / in Broken World, Pop Culture

The Epistemology of Hip-Hop

In the early 70’s the South Bronx was a dilapidated landscape suffering from the crippling economic effects of White flight, governmental policies of abandonment and a ubiquitous and lethal gang culture. It was in the womb of this social suffering that hip-hop was birthed. Communities began to gather in the name of respect and inclusion to counter the hostile environment [...]

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Chasing the Wild Goose 3
by / on July 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

Chasing the Wild Goose

Why did some Christians find the Wild Goose music festival so controversial, while others found it so transformational? Recovering Evangelical blogger Rachel Johnson offers an on-the-ground perspective, and three big takeaways.

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Death Cab’s New Muse in “Codes” (album review) 1
by / on June 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

Death Cab’s New Muse in “Codes” (album review)

Death Cab for Cutie has spent much of their career writing songs steeped in melancholy and found considerable success in the process. However, frontman Ben Gibbard and company aren’t the same men they used to be. On their latest release, Codes and Keys, they’ve found two compelling new muses.

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Discovering God in the Tree of Life 0
by / on June 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

Discovering God in the Tree of Life

Recovering Evangelical blogger Julia Speck unpacks Terrance Malick’s latest cinematic masterpiece, Tree of Life, touching on the purpose of life, human connection to one another, and ultimately, our connection to God.

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(Blue Like) Jazz & Christianity 7
by / on June 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Pop Culture

(Blue Like) Jazz & Christianity

If we focus too much on the emotion of Jazz (or Christianity), then it becomes something we do for our own consumption rather than because of its beauty. And if Jazz veered away from its roots and began to sound exactly like classical music or sounded too much like grunge rock it would no longer be Jazz.  Likewise, Christianity that looks like generic spirituality is no longer Christianity

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Radiohead: All Limbs and No Body (album review) 1
by / on March 31, 2011 at 10:25 am / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

Radiohead: All Limbs and No Body (album review)

The new Radiohead album, King of Limbs, starts strong but doesn’t deliver. So we commissioned Hip Hop artist Phonetic ONE to Remix it for us.

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The Six Degrees of Charlie Sheen 1
by / on March 28, 2011 at 6:00 am / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

The Six Degrees of Charlie Sheen

It pains me to invoke the subject of the Charlie Sheen drama, especially now that its initial allure has mercifully waned in (some parts of) the news cycle. But in the slightly more composed wake of the Sheen publicity frenzy, its reverberations deserve deeper reflection. Jennifer Crumpton weighs in.

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March Madness, Discipleship & The Kingdom 2
by / on March 25, 2011 at 12:19 am / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

March Madness, Discipleship & The Kingdom

March Madness leads me to think about the complexities and role of encouragement within community. There is the fist bump after a great play, the corporate celebration when you have just gone on a big scoring run and forced the other team to call a timeout. But there is also the “come on!”, “you gotta stay with them!”

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