Pop Culture

Braveheart Writer addresses National Prayer Breakfast (video) 5
by / on February 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

Braveheart Writer addresses National Prayer Breakfast (video)

Earlier this month Randall Wallace delivered the keynote speech at the 59th National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. He is the Oscar-nominated creative force behind the epic storytelling of such critical and box-office hits as BRAVEHEART, WE WERE SOLDIERS and PEARL HARBOR, and this past Fall he brought to life the inspirational excitement of SECRETARIAT.

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Grammy 2011 Special: Death & Janelle Monae 1
by / on February 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

Grammy 2011 Special: Death & Janelle Monae

In honor of her two Grammy nominations — and epic trio performance tonight with Bruno Mars and B.o.B. — we’ll explore the role of death in Monae’s music. The incomparable exuberance and excellence of Monae’s performances are widely acknowledged. Less noticed is that when she her signature black and white tuxedo, she enacts a lament for “all the people that were dying.”

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Sh*tty Christian Ripoffs 4
by / on February 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

Sh*tty Christian Ripoffs

Madeleine L’Engle, the beloved children’s author, novelist, and writing teacher, tells this story: “Not long ago, a college senior asked if she could talk to me about being a Christian writer. If she wanted to write Christian fiction, how was she to go about it?” L’Engle’s response may surprise you.

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Hip-Hop as Biblical Narrative 3
by / on February 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Pop Culture, Theology

Hip-Hop as Biblical Narrative

The division between rap and Hip-Hop is difficult to grasp. Most people use the words interchangeably, but they are quite distinct, both in meaning and the values they express. Hip-Hop is a culture while rap is an art. And though the art of rap was conceived within Hip-Hop culture’s womb, rap does not always express Hip-Hop’s values.

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Why we still need Kanye West (album review) 2
by / on January 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

Why we still need Kanye West (album review)

How you would act if all this power belonged to you: 1) Presidents had opinions about you, 2) Millions of dollars were paid for your pictures, 3) Your mother’s tragic death was headline news, 4) Millions saw you at the MTV awards, 5) You could have sex with almost anyone without even trying, Wouldn’t you be trippin’ off the power? [...]

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Michael Jackson’s Redemptive Brokenness 0
by / on June 28, 2009 at 1:09 pm / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

Michael Jackson’s Redemptive Brokenness

While it’s true that Michael Jackson’s life was weighed down by loss, tragedy, and a string of unfortunate personal decisions, its precisely this brokenness that grounded his idealism, saving his music from being too naïve, too optimistic, and ultimately disconnected from realty. The inescapable pain of his personal life experiences gave birth to music that offered the world an opportunity to explore its own brokenness and—more importantly—an invitation to transcend it.

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