Christmas, in Four Movies

Number 7: We experience traditions through the stories we tell each other. D.L. Mayfield reflects on how four films shaped her vision of Christmas.

Noskalgia: A Sobering Reunion With Five Iron Frenzy

#9 in our Top #CaPCMag Features of 2013: A Five Iron Frenzy reunion tour concert offers D.L. Mayfield a chance to reflect on where we have been and how we have changed.

3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: “We are the Audience” #CaPC25

The world is not right, and the longer we pretend it is, the closer we get to becoming the Capital.

21. The Mindy Project: “Delivers the Laughs Without Delving into Snark” #CaPC25

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 6: Those Complicated Companions

D.L. Mayfield offers up a completely subjective recap of Dr. Who companions.

A Spirit of Fear: How Our Assumptions Get In the Way of Loving Our Muslim Neighbors

Oswalt’s Revenge: Sammy Rhodes And The Dangers Of Self-Promotion

“Both Oswalt and Rhodes showed a part of their own fears and insecurities on Twitter; so too did their followers, supporters, defenders, and dismissers.”

The Revolting and Honest World of The Great Gatsby

Notes from the Margins: Dove Makes us Feel Great in All the Wrong Ways

Notes from the Margins: The Mindy Project–A Once in a Decade Opportunity

“The Mindy Project is not a show about race, gender, or cultural perceptions of beauty. But it smartly points out all of our current hang-ups with all of those issues by neatly side-stepping them.”

Notes from the Margins: The New Radicals are Already Here

“There is no getting around this element of the New Radicals: they are right to critique American culture and the church’s compliciteness in valuing distinctly western ideologies.”

Notes from the Margins: What We Talk About When We Talk About Abuse in the Church

“Now is the time to be honest about the potential for abuse, even in our sacred institutions.”

Notes from the Margins: Swords into Plowshares, AK-47s into Shovels

Notes from the Margins: Because of Christ, It Gets Better

“To the ones being bullied, the church has a chance to step up and say: ‘I’m sorry for the words you have heard. We are here to tell you about the One who made you, who loves you and has a place for you in his kingdom.'”

Notes from the Margins: White People Problems

“Hollywood loves a good disaster movie, but only if they can cast certain stars, ones that look and act like the majority of the Western audience they are trying to reach.”

Before You Buy Your Valentine’s Day Chocolate, Read This