Christ and Pop Culture Magazine

Notes from the Ultimate Misfit, an Enneagram Four – Christian Article

My name is Amanda, and I’m an Enneagram Four. If you know anything about the Enneagram, even if your knowledge is just cursory, you probably just rolled your eyes. Fours are one of the most notorious numbers in the personality system. They tend to expressive, dramatic, introspective—or, depending on your perspective, overly complicated, histrionic, and self-obsessed. Tomato, tomahto. It’s very Four-ish of me to open my piece with a claim to my own tragic personality type, but my confession is…

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Anime & Overcoming – Christ and Pop Culture – Christian Article

Comic book heroes have the same stories told about them again and again. How many versions of Krypton exploding or Batman’s parents being killed have we seen? And yet, our heroes are largely stable in terms of powers and character. If Wonder Woman today fought Wonder Woman from a decade ago it would be a draw—she has the same superpowers and skill level that she’s always had. For that matter, she will appear to be the same age despite the…

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CAPC Magazine Issue 2 of 2019: Illustrations – Christian Article

Letter from the Editor: Show Me What You Mean Don’t tell. Show. This is the cardinal rule of writing, a rule I was introduced to years ago at my first writers conference. It was scribbled across my writing samples by the reader assigned to review my articles. I also vaguely remember a snippet of explanation, something about my writing style feeling a bit like being pushed into the deep end of the pool instead of inviting readers to ease into…

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Eighth Grade and the God Who Loves – Christian Article

Every so often a film comes around that captures reality in such a way that it reveals the very soul of a cultural moment. Bo Burnham’s debut film, Eighth Grade, penetrates the social imagination in exactly that way. The film stars Elsie Fisher in a breakout performance as the “most shy” eighth grade superlative winner Kayla Day. Kayla is an endearingly awkward wannabe YouTube sensation (her videos only get one or two views per post) who spends her days in…

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Art. What Is It Good For? – Christian Article

We hear a lot that art’s purpose is this or art’s purpose is that. We hear that art is meant for showing us God or poking holes in the hegemony or disturbing the viewer or making the world more beautiful—or that art is meant for the purpose of any one of a pile of other competing dogmas. (Usually this is because whoever is speaking has a tidy point to make either about a particular work or in order to prop…

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Feeding Consumerism: The Hidden Costs of Cheap Food – Christian Article

I walk out of the late summer heat and into the artificial chill of the air-conditioned grocery store. Although the seasons have changed dramatically in my neighborhood over the past several weeks, the shelves of shining vegetables arranged into stage-lit piles look virtually unchanged. Is there drought in California? Have there been floods in the Philippines? Is the changing climate changing the altitude at which apples can be grown in certain regions? The constancy of selection here betrays no hint…

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Choosing Our Cultural Cakes and Eating Every Last Crumb – Christian Article

Recently, I was a groomsman in a wedding… for my 81-year old grandmother. (She is just as amazing as you’d imagine.) Because we live states apart, our communication through the years is done mostly through phone calls, letters, and gifts. And every year on my birthday, she would send me a cake, a pound cake of cartoonish perfection with a smell so sweet it permeated the whole house. It was my favorite—that is, until one year I ate an entire…

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Call for Pitches: Self Definitions – Christian Article

We’re currently looking for feature articles to fit the theme of self definitions for an upcoming issue of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine. Pitches must have a strong pop culture emphasis. Consider developing your article around TV shows, movies, books, songs, events, trends, and habits that tell us something about the intersection of self definitions and faith. We pay $75 for each magazine feature accepted and published. Send a one-paragraph pitch by noon Monday, April 15, to Erin Straza. See…

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God of the Belly: Wasting away in the World of First Reformed – Christian Article

In the end, we consume ourselves. At least, that’s the idea. You eat and drink, and that fuel settles into fat. Your body uses that fat to power your muscles and organs. If you don’t take in enough calories, your body wastes away, and literally devours itself. The same thing happens with the mind: We consume ideas, thoughts, and art, and we convert them into inspiration, and that inspiration becomes action. Cognitive Behavioral Theory frames it this way: we have…

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