A Perfect Movie: The Enduring Legacy of The Princess Bride – Christian Article

Every other Tuesday in Storied, K. B. Hoyle explores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. In a recent Variety article detailing the life and legacy of television writer/producer Norman Lear, a passing reference suggested that one of the most beloved films of the 1980s might be getting a remake. “Very famous people… want to redo The Princess Bride,” Sony CEO Tony Vinciquerra told Variety. In an era of retellings, reimaginings, remakes, and recycled ideas,…

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Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke, Free for CAPC Members – Christian Article

 Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until September 5, 2019, through our partnership with Crossway. We live in a time when there is always something to see. There may not be much worth looking at, but that doesn’t mean the latest political theatrics, news event, terror attack, or sports scandal isn’t vying for our attention. It may feel as if these sorts of things have increased recently. Digital media aggressively tries…

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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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Don’t Disparage Fiction – Christ and Pop Culture – Christian Article

Every other Tuesday in Storied, K. B. Hoyle explores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. “Sorry your dragon show ended stupidly.” HBO’s Game of Thrones, based on the bestselling novels by George R. R. Martin, ended its run this past month with a less-than-well-received 8th season. Not ever having watched it myself, I can’t weigh in on the quality of the season (or the content of the show), but observing the phenomenon of fan…

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When We Need More than Enough – Christian Article

There’s a lot of talk out there about being enough. I’m enough. You’re enough. We’re enough. These statements are meant to be encouraging, but they’ve always bothered my theology. If these statements were true, I wouldn’t need the gospel. I’d be good to go. I’d be fine. I’d be enough. Maybe some Christians say these sorts of statements within a framework of the gospel: “I’m enough because I’m in Christ.” But that’s not how it comes across. It usually comes…

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Let Fiction Help You Embrace Tension – Christian Article

I’m thankful for Christians doing the hard work of writing or promoting fiction. I think of fiction writers like Randy Alcorn, who challenges skepticism toward Christian fiction in this refreshing article. I think of non-fiction writers who choose to write novels—Jared C. Wilson, author of Otherworld, and Trevin Wax, author of Clear Winter Nights. Of course, I can’t fail to mention great works of literary criticism like Karen Swallow Prior’s On Reading Well. I’m hopeful these works will inspire not only an increased enthusiasm for reading…

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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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Serial Storytelling in a Culture of Immediacy – Christian Article

Every other Tuesday in Storied, K. B. Hoyle explores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. Being an older Millennial—or Xennial, as some people prefer—I clearly remember life before the internet, life during the rise of the internet, and now life that has become not only accustomed to the internet, but so intricately woven with it that younger generations can’t possibly imagine living without it. The Internet Age has given us many good gifts, but…

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The Protestant World of Shakespeare – Christian Article

By E. J. Hutchinson It is a monstrous waste of time to try to convince oneself, rocking anxiously back and forth in one’s pajamas, that William Shakespeare was a Roman Catholic—or a Protestant. It is difficult to imagine a more efficient way of destroying literature and the experience of literature than by turning it into a confessional team sport. As W.H. Auden says in The Dyer’s Hand, “The integrity of a writer is more threatened by appeals to his social…

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Ordinary Heroism in Lloyd Alexander’s The Book of Three – Christian Article

Every other Tuesday in Storied, K. B. Hoyle explores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. “Taran wanted to make a sword; but Coll, charged with the practical side of his education, decided on horseshoes.” Thus begins Lloyd Alexander’s The Book of Three, the story of Taran, assistant pig-keeper to an oracular pig and ward of an ancient enchanter named Dallben. The setting of the story is Prydain, a land pulled from Alexander’s love for…

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Hermanas by Natalia Kohn Rivera, Noemi Vega Quiñones, and Kristy Garza Robinson, Free for CAPC Members – Christian Article

Hermanas by Natalia Kohn Rivera, Noemi Vega Quiñones, and Kristy Garza Robinson is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until June 27, 2019, through our partnership with InterVarsity Press. Upon reading the opening sentences for the CAPC Member March offering, Hermanas, it became clear to me that the book was written for Latina women. Since I’m not Latina, I at first felt a little uneasy reading it. However, it became immediately clear that my hesitancy was unnecessary, and…

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Life and Books with Kathryn Butler – Christian Article

On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers. I asked Kathryn Butler—a trauma and critical-care surgeon who recently left clinical practice to homeschool her children and author of a book on end-of-life care through a Christian lens, Between Life and Death—about what’s on her nightstand, her favorite fiction, books that have most influenced her thinking about faith and medicine, and more. What books are on your nightstand? This will be fodder for…

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7 Myths about Singleness by Sam Allberry, Free for CAPC Members – Christian Article

7 Myths about Singleness by Sam Allberry is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until July 3, 2019, through our partnership with Crossway.  For some reason, I grew up assuming I’d be married shortly after I turned 20. I’m not entirely sure why I first started thinking this, but the reality was I didn’t get married until I turned 25. That’s not that much of a difference; many others experience a longer gap between expectation and reality.…

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Joining Augustine’s War Against Narcissism – Christian Article

For the past few months Kanye West has been in social exile. Since bursting onto the scene with his debut album The College Dropout in 2004, Mr. West has been a fixture in the cultural zeitgeist. One of the biggest criticisms about him has been that Kanye is self-absorbed. He is all about himself and how great he is, and he makes sure you know it. Kanye is your classic narcissist. On “Last Call” from The College Dropout he rapped:…

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Hacksaw Ridge and the Strange Sovereignty of God – Christian Article

I was thrilled when Ben Smitthimedhin closed his recent article on Underoath and Emery with a meditation on Shusaku Endō. “I think Endō is on to something about the God who seems, at times, to abandon us,” he writes. “Rather than letting us be, our Lord is a God who haunts us into submission, a God who won’t leave us alone, a God whose words will never be erased.” Smitthimedhin’s point is ultimately about letting God be God, whatever our…

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Life and Books with Rebecca McLaughlin – Christian Article

On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers. I asked Rebecca McLaughlin—regular contributor for The Gospel Coalition and author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion (Crossway/TGC)—about what’s on her nightstand, her favorite fiction, books that have most influenced her thinking about apologetics, and more. What books are on your nightstand? I tend to read dead people. There are upsides to this! It weeds out the flimsy literature…

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The First Days of Jesus by Andreas Köstenberger and Alexander Stewart, Free for CAPC Members – Christian Article

The First Days of Jesus by Andreas Köstenberger and Alexander Stewart is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until March 19, 2019, through our partnership with Crossway. We live in a culture that is increasingly biblically illiterate. Yet within it, some passages of Scripture are still widely familiar. Take Luke 2 for instance. Perhaps thanks to Charlie Brown’s Christmas special, many people will recall the climactic moment when Linus tells the story of Jesus’ birth, quoting at…

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George Bailey at the Bridge: The Costly Virtue of It’s a Wonderful Life – Christian Article

Thanks to the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey is a household name to many Americans. But his story is a radical one. He has big dreams that are left unfulfilled. He doesn’t “stay true to himself.” He gets kicked down over, and over, and over again. Although the protagonist of the film, he is decidedly unheroic, by modern standards. If George Bailey’s story was told in 2018, he would leave Bedford Falls to chase his dreams, he…

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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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Living Local Fiction | Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

By S. Dorman On first moving to Maine and seeing a line of tall ledges from a nearby road, I was enchanted, surprised. I’d never seen anything like them before: Mountains like waves of rock waiting to crash over the land. Not long ago, on snowshoes, we broke trail in a field below. In three feet of snow, exhausting ourselves, driven by winds laden with chill factors below zero. Oh that cup of coffee on our return! Home territory is…

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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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