Mona Haydar Challenges Authoritarianism

As Mona Haydar makes clear, faith which worships human authority and depends on rules for other people is a form of godliness only, not the real thing.

Ray LaMontagne’s Imagination: A Timely Salve in a Troubled Season

Music like Ray LaMontagne’s can play a part in tuning our hearts to this holy grammar all around us.

Control of the Board: How The Queen’s Gambit and Hamilton Tell Our Stories

The female experience in life very frequently feels like that of a queen on a chessboard, especially when we get into traditionally male-dominated spaces.

Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You: A Masterful Exploration of Faith, Death, and Life After Death

Springsteen’s Letter to You could only be written by someone who spent the better part of five decades trotting beside the mysterious practices of the Catholic Church

Let’s Make America Truly Great Again: Revisiting Reconstruction

A brief survey of America’s flawed history reveals that during Reconstruction our government has attempted to position itself for greatness in terms of using its power to serve the lowliest in its caste system, formerly enslaved citizens.

You Will Probably Not Be a Rock God, and Neither Will I: Some Deep Thoughts on Bill and Ted Face the Music

We’re not, it turns out, a civilization of rock gods and their devotees; we’re all connected, and we all depend on each other.

Will Ferrell’s Eurovision Tribute: How to Save the World by Laughing at Yourself

The Story of Fire Saga shows us how to mature past win-lose games into a form of infinite play that values process and relationships over victory.

Soul Music and the Obviousness of God

And that’s real soul music. It assumes God is within the reality of life—all of your life. Dancing and dating are in the same universe as politics and poetry—this is all God’s world, anyways.

Deliver Us: What the Prince of Egypt Has to Say about Suffering

If Exodus voices our collective hunger for deliverance, it also calls us to work for deliverance, toward liberatory action.

Entering into the Stories of Folklore

In writing fiction, Taylor Swift has somehow managed to ponder the deeper truths of love and loss and life.

Hamilton Invites Us to Imagine the Power of Forgiveness

Alexander is redeemed, not because he deserves it, but because Eliza grants redemption to him.

Reconcilable Differences: Unity and Division via Pearl Jam’s Gigaton

First off, it’s named for the unit of measurement large enough to record melting polar ice. Gigaton wears doom on the album sleeve.

Run the Jewels’ “Ooh LA LA” Video Imagines Parties Instead of Protests

Though Run the Jewels’ vision of a world that is not dominated by division and greed might be imperfect, it is a vision of hope.

Humor and Humility in the Music of Father John Misty

No matter his graphic language, depression-stoked benders, and religious satire, Father John Misty still orbits Christianity with a gravity he can’t escape.

Don’t Wait to Engage with Black Stories

We must also educate ourselves, immersing ourselves in the stories and experiences of the Black communities and individuals in America.

Understanding & Lamenting Racial Injustice: CAPC Staff Recommendations

Pop culture is a powerful force for change, and these picks from Christ and Pop Culture staff members are a great place to start.