Captain America and the Divided States of American Christianity

God is not constrained by our human divisions.

“I’m Still Here”: Stranger Things 4, “Running Up that Hill,” and Killing Monsters

Stranger Things has always been about recalling people to life—about fighting for your life and others’ lives.

On Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, Kendrick Lamar Finds Peace with Self by Accepting Conflict

Instead of simply preaching his thoughts on those controversial topics, Lamar shares his experiences and resulting perspectives on the matters.

The Making of Biblical Womanhood and the Missing Mother of God (Part 2)

Celibate monasticism was a symbol of the radical resurrection equality of men and women—of their symmetrical status as eternal brothers and sisters. 

The Making of Biblical Womanhood and the Missing Mother of God (Part 1)

When the highest feminine symbol within church history was rejected as an idol, a primary example of women’s indisputable dignity disappeared too.

“We’d Still Worship This Love”: Desiring God with Hozier, Taylor Swift, and Justin Bieber

Three hit songs offer three different perspectives on what it means to worship.

Everything Sad Is Untrue: Scheherezade and Rivers of Blood

It is a thousand and one stories woven together in a tapestry, a Persian rug, of beauty.

“Am I Not Free?” The Freedom to Forgo Our Rights for the Sake of Love

A “freedom” which floats above social context and concrete relational bonds is no freedom at all.

The Vulnerability of Pain When Church Looks Like Dr. Death

Dr. Death and The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill are both entertainment, but we’d be amiss to overlook the clear warning signs they provide.

“This Is How I Fight”: Learning Kindness in Everything Everywhere All at Once

We find hope and meaning not in doing right or being right but in the kindness shown to us by God in Christ, and enacted in our relationships with other people.

Why Are Dr. Rick’s Progressive Ads Actually Traditional Comedy?

Dr. Rick ads provide a relaxed common ground between generations and opportunities for approachable honesty with those outside the church.

Natalie Bergman’s Mercy Is an Exquisite Expression of Grief, Faith, and Love

These songs may be deeply sad, but the album serves as a stirring reminder that death doesn’t have the final word.

Volodymyr Zelensky at the Bridge: The Costly Virtue of Heroism in the Real World

We don’t have any stories of heroes without heroes in real life.

Station Eleven: The Virtue of Helping Even When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing

Healing doesn’t require a degree. But it does require a willingness to share someone’s suffering.

CAPC’s Most-Read Articles of 2021

Here’s what everyone was reading at Christ and Pop Culture in 2021.

Spider-Man: No Way Home: The Worth and The Cost of Being Seen

The film’s highs and lows are mined from something viscerally human and somehow understated: the desire for connection.