Christ and Pop Culture Summer 2019 Reading Guide

These are a few of our favorite books.

Don’t Turn Away from the Trauma of Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us

When you see the fate of these boys, will you look away?

The Ubiquitous Google, the Omnipresent God, and the Wisdom to Know the Difference

Tyranny comes in many forms, but the most abiding characteristic of tyrants is that they enslave with indifference.

Small Funny Things: The Subversive Gift of Tim Conway

Tim Conway shone a ray of light in a dark world by doing small things with great laughter.

Holy, Righteous, Ratchet Squad: An Interview with Kings Kaleidoscope

Kings Kaleidoscope lead singer Chad Gardner sits down to discuss the band’s new album, Zeal, and the journey to reclaim childlike faith.

Avengers: Endgame, Nebula, and the Love that Transforms

In Avengers: Endgame, we see in Nebula one of the most poignant depictions of the transformative power of self-sacrificial love.

You’re Not You When You’re Always Connected

Turning your phone off isn’t just good for you, it’s good for the people around you.

On Not Fearing Old Age, with Rob Thomas

“One Less Day (Dying Young)” is a simple, but thoughtful rebuke against the fear of old age and the desire to cling to youth.

Nipsey Hussle: The Selfless Servant

Nipsey Hussle brought life and authenticity to his lyrics and activism in ways that should challenge us to match our works with our faith.

Hacksaw Ridge and the Strange Sovereignty of God

Hacksaw Ridge, like Shusau Endō, asks us to consider the very terrifying particularity of God’s interactions with human beings.

The Horror of Us Is God’s Judgment on America

Jordan Peele’s Us critiques who we are as a nation and people, and from where we’ve come.

CAPC Jr.: Pop Culture Commentary from the Next Generation

In CAPC Jr., significant children in the lives of our writers pass on their own unique insights into some of their favorite cultural artifacts.

Critical Role, the Role of Stories, and the Church

The soaring popularity of Critical Role among the geek world was, and is, rooted in both the beauty of their tale and who they are as people.

Raul: A Hip Hop EP about MAGA Hats and Deportation

Raul is about family, compassion, and patience. It’s about looking across the broken landscape of our world and considering how we may use the cross of Christ to bridge the prejudicial gaps of humanity.

On Comics, Colliders, and Cave Pictures: An Interview with Mark Rodgers

Author Mark Rodgers sits down with Alan Noble to talk about writing a comic book inspired by E. M. Forster.

Melodies of Sin and Salvation: Why Modern Worship Music Needs a More Holistic View of Salvation

Our worship should teach us to long for more than our individual salvation, but to long for the redemption of the whole world.