General Culture

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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Reality TV and Our Kingdom of Spectacle – Christian Article

I used to love to watch shows like Project Runway, Work of Art, and Top Chef. The fast-paced, creative innovation demanded of the contestants in shows like these appealed to my otherwise natural aversion to the manufactured drama of reality TV. But in watching such shows, I also grew increasingly discontented. I wanted a show to exist for my talents; where was the reality show for the next great American novelist? Where was my shot to rocket to fame and…

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

Over the last couple decades, smartphones have seeped into the bedrock of our culture, and now it’s hard to imagine life off the grid. This technology, once reserved for the savvy elite, rapidly became a pervasive tool in the hands of most Americans. Incessant chirps, faintly reminiscent of bells, stir us from sleep. Bleary-eyed, we check apps and mentally rearrange our days, considering the forecasts, scanning through reminders, bending to the electronic pressure for efficiency. We orient, mindful of the…

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You’re Not You When You’re Always Connected – Christian Article

For the past few weeks, every Saturday, I’ve been doing something crazy. I’ve turned my phone off for the entire day. At first it was really hard. I would reach for that little rectangle instinctively. I’d tap my pockets for no reason. And then I felt phantom vibrations—you know the ones you feel when you think your phone is going off even though it’s not even next to you. These are all signs of an addiction, and I’m not alone.…

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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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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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On the First Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: A Series for the Holidays – Christian Article

We made it. It’s December 25, Christmas Day. For many of us, Christmas Day is the culmination of weeks of thinking and preparing and celebrating. Most of us feel the weight and pressure of all this merrymaking, even in the best of personal situations and scenarios. And for those of us with less-than ideal personal situations and scenarios, the merrymaking can be more like crazymaking. Adding to this emotional cocktail is all the societal unrest. We cannot escape the ache…

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On the Second Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Two Movie Soundtracks – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. This year, 2018, featured films that surpassed the bar of excellence in cinematography, theater, and animation…

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On the Third Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Three Memes a-Meme-ing – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. It’s been two and a half years since I “retired” as the internet culture critic for this…

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Four Indie Games – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. Toxic is the word Oxford Dictionaries used to sum up the mood of 2018. It’s a…

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On the Fifth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Five Needful Words – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. This year, we’ve had more than our share of trials: the contentious 2016 election continues to reverberate,…

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On the Sixth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Six Podcasters Podding – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. According to Entrepreneur Magazine, one in four Americans listens to at least one podcast a month. Whether…

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On the Seventh Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Seven Graphic Novels – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. On this seventh day of Christmas, I (your true love) will give to you the gift of…

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CAPC’s Most-Read Articles of 2018 – Christian Article

Reviewing our most-read articles each year gives us a snapshot of the cultural highs and lows from the past 365 days. Our content covers a wide array of topics—film, television, literature, media, internet, politics, music, tech, sports, celebrity culture, and more. The most-read article list is a check of our readership’s pulse, so to speak. And the articles that got our readers’ hearts beating in 2018? There are several covering the #metoo and #ChurchToo movement; a few on key cultural…

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On the Eighth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Eight Worlds of Wonder – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. Twenty-eighteen was a year filled with both beauty and brokenness. I look back and see moments of…

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On the Ninth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Nine Nights of Netflix – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. Man, the last twelve months were weird for sure, filled with personal challenges and change. I moved…

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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Eleven Writers Writing – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. Every year, I set a reading goal. Twenty-eighteen was no different. I find that by doing this,…

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The Christ and Pop Culture 25 of 2018: #5 to #1 – Christian Article

What were the most-meaningful cultural influences of 2018? The Christ and Pop Culture 25 is a list of our favorite people, works of art, or cultural artifacts from the past year that we feel best represent God’s truth and grace in the world. The list is extremely weird, a meandering, whiplash-inducing product of the diverse perspectives of our writers. We wouldn’t have it any other way. The goal of our list is to illuminate and appreciate the good both in…

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The Christ and Pop Culture 25 of 2018 – Christian Article

What were the most-meaningful cultural influences of 2018? The Christ and Pop Culture 25 is a list of our favorite people, works of art, or cultural artifacts from the past year that we feel best represent God’s truth and grace in the world. The list is extremely weird, a meandering, whiplash-inducing product of the diverse perspectives of our writers. We wouldn’t have it any other way. The goal of our list is to illuminate and appreciate the good both in…

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The Christ and Pop Culture 25 of 2018: #10 to #6 – Christian Article

What were the most-meaningful cultural influences of 2018? The Christ and Pop Culture 25 is a list of our favorite people, works of art, or cultural artifacts from the past year that we feel best represent God’s truth and grace in the world. The list is extremely weird, a meandering, whiplash-inducing product of the diverse perspectives of our writers. We wouldn’t have it any other way. The goal of our list is to illuminate and appreciate the good both in…

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The Christ and Pop Culture 25 of 2018: #15 to #11 – Christian Article

What were the most-meaningful cultural influences of 2018? The Christ and Pop Culture 25 is a list of our favorite people, works of art, or cultural artifacts from the past year that we feel best represent God’s truth and grace in the world. The list is extremely weird, a meandering, whiplash-inducing product of the diverse perspectives of our writers. We wouldn’t have it any other way. The goal of our list is to illuminate and appreciate the good both in…

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The Christ and Pop Culture 25 of 2018: #20 to #16 – Christian Article

What were the most-meaningful cultural influences of 2018? The Christ and Pop Culture 25 is a list of our favorite people, works of art, or cultural artifacts from the past year that we feel best represent God’s truth and grace in the world. The list is extremely weird, a meandering, whiplash-inducing product of the diverse perspectives of our writers. We wouldn’t have it any other way. The goal of our list is to illuminate and appreciate the good both in and outside of the…

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The Christ and Pop Culture 25 of 2018: #25 to #21 – Christian Article

What were the most-meaningful cultural influences of 2018? The Christ and Pop Culture 25 is a list of our favorite people, works of art, or cultural artifacts from the past year that we feel best represent God’s truth and grace in the world. The list is extremely weird, a meandering, whiplash-inducing product of the diverse perspectives of our writers. We wouldn’t have it any other way. The goal of our list is to illuminate and appreciate the good both in and outside of the…

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