“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.

Call for Pitches, Q2 2022: Conflict and Peacemaking

We’re now accepting pitches for our Q2 features.

When You Think God Is on Your Side: The Fall of the Russian Empire

Nicholas’s assumption that he was acting on God’s behalf to preserve the divinely-blessed Russian Empire pushed the country into disaster. 

Finding Your Roots: Stars Are Just Like Us

Finding Your Roots uses the lens of a particular person’s experience to reflect our own.

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.

Why We Need to Listen to Black Women, the Conscience of America

The truths Black women offer are rarely rosy verities, but they are necessary gospels if we are to make our American culture equitable and just for all.

Why Sincere Self-Awareness Leads to Stasis in Beautiful World, Where Are You

In Beautiful World, Where Are You, Rooney’s characters stay in a state of perpetual moral paralysis so as to avoid falling to their knees.

1981 vs. 2021: Searching for Salvation

Reviewing the products of 1981 and 2021 reveals our desperate search for salvation from death… and salvation from modern daily life.

CAPC’s Most-Read Articles of 2021

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

Don’t Throw Away Your Nativity Sets: Why Jesus May Not Have Been Born in a “Lower Room”

Jesus’s birth is a breach of human hospitality, not an example of it.

Dune and Disaster, or, Why Charismatic Leaders Should Come with a Warning Label

Like Paul in Dune, we can fall into the trap of moral expediency—the temptation to care more about winning than about holiness and humble service. 

Fictional Evangelicalism: On Reading Daniel Silliman’s Reading Evangelicals

Silliman argues that each of these stories prefigures the current crisis within evangelicalism.

Is Christmas Marvel-ous?

While the Christmas story is Marvel-like in the sense that it explains Jesus’s supernatural powers by showing us his supernatural origins, it’s not fictional.

No, You Can’t Get It All Done: Time Management for Mortals and Mineo’s Never Land II

You have to choose a few things, sacrifice everything else, and deal with the inevitable sense of loss that results.

Loving the God of Little Things

Thank God for the small comforts and consolations that pierce us to the heart with joy—the little things.