Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”: 30 Years of Fear (but Fear Not)

Matthew Linder examines the continuing cultural legacy of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and its themes of paranoia and fear.

Science Explains Why We Love to Suffer on Black Friday

There are some people for whom the enjoyment of Black Friday is essentially hardwired into their physiology.

The Ghosts of Thanksgiving

“To remember the things that death and sin have stolen from us, this is the only way, I think, to be grateful for that which remains.”

Problematic Poetry about Precious Puritans

“If we refuse to acknowledge the truths of White Privilege, race and cultural disparity how will we ever obey God by working to change these problems?”

Hipster Bashing, Ironic Living, and Seeing the World Through the Eyes of A Child

We fear that we’ve become monotonous, boring, and irrelevant, and so we respond to that fear with irony in an attempt to imply that we don’t care, that we’re not bothered, that we’re not tired.

Pride & Gender Roles: Demythologizing Marital Income Disparity

Listening to Thanksgiving Din(ner)

The Kiddy Pool: The Rudolph Incident

“It wasn’t until I stopped to reflect on the way home that I realized what a treasure that toy must have seemed to my daughter.”

Grace Notes: Cheap Music from Amazon (November 2012)

This time around, we’ll be looking at alterna-pop legends, the greatest post-punk band of all time, and the return of post-rock’s mightiest.

China’s 18th National Congress & The Future of Chinese Christianity

China will be marked in the upcoming years with subsequent outpouring of the spirit of God and continued spiritual attack.

The Naked Racism of an Obama America

America is more racially divided today than when Obama took office. In this feature, Alan Noble explores the causes of this division and why it may be a good thing.

Being Justified: A Wolf in a Girl’s Body

Frequently Searched Questions: Make Church Faster

Civil Discussion: The Petraeus Disappointment and The Divided States of America

“It’s like a really skeevy version of Lost!”

Play in Process: Why ‘Curiosity’ is the iPhone’s New False Religion

“It’s not merely a cruel and mocking simulacra of videogames themselves, but a kind of false religion.”

The Moviegoer: In the Shadow of Skyfall