It’s hard to believe, but Pop Culture Christ has been up and running for a whole year. What started as an excuse for me to scribble down some sermon illustrations has become an outlet for me to discuss two of my favourite things: Jesus and pop culture.
In the last year, I’ve published 181 articles. I’ve been asked to provide articles at Fervr, written a guest post at Christ and Pop Culture, and asked for an interview on Triple J radio. I’ve begun the Master List and filmed a series of Fervr Presents vodcasts. And I’ve got even more ideas for Year 2. Because of Pop Culture Christ, I find I can’t even walk down the street without thinking of reviews and articles. And that’s a good thing. As Christians, we need to be more aware of the world we live in and be able to turn everything towards proclaiming Jesus. Pop Culture Christ has been great tool for me to hone these skills. I hope it’s been helpful for you too.
What would you like to see more on here? What would you like to see less of? More reviews? More cultural observations? More video or audio? Let me know in the comments.
Here’s looking forward to a big Year 2!
Top 10 Posts for Year 1(Please note: I believe that most of these posts are in the Top 10 because of people searching for images. I’m praying that people who come across the site looking for images or movie reviews will hear the message of Jesus through my posts)
- Fight Club Rules
- Supergirl and the Fall
- The Simpsons: The Father, The Son, And The Holy Guest Star
- Spider-Man 3
- Prince Caspian
- The Gospel According to Ricky Bobby
- Flanders’ Book of Faith
- Alice Cooper: Along Came a Spider
- Annoying World Youth Day Laws
And here are 10 posts that I have some fondness for (in no particular order):
- The Shack
- Greenday: Jesus of Suburbia
- Vampiric Obsession
- Ben Folds: Not The Same
- Do You Worship Chocolate or Coffee?
- Metro Station: Shake It
- Summer Bay Christianity
- Thank God You’re Here
- Samedi Energy Drink
- Where’s Wally and the Old Testament
Do you have a favourite post?
I remember seeing the original V mini series when I was a kid. The use of alien visitors to explore the Nazi rise to power and the abuse of authority and trust was striking. There’s a television remake of V coming out this year that I’m very excited about. And after seeing the trailer, I’m even more excited. Because it looks like it will be dealing heavily with themes of faith and worship. This is must see for me. It better be good. The trailer is after the jump.
by Craig Schuftan
Have you ever met an emo? Have you ever walked past one in the street or sat down with one for a conversation? Have you ever wondered what’s going through their head, why they think and feel the way they do? What is an emo any way?
Craig Schuftan has thought about these things. And he’s cracked the code. He’s worked out it’s all connected – from David Bowie to Smashing Pumpkins to Weezer to My Chemical Romance. The key to understanding? The Romantic poets of the 19th century. And now it all makes so much more sense.
People look for salvation in all kinds of places. In their work, their family, their possessions, etc. Everyone is looking for that one thing that will make their life complete, that will rescue them from insecurity and doubt. When things are tough, people head for their real god. Life is difficult, so I’ll find god at the bottom of the bottle. Life is tough so I’ll go out and find god through meaningless sex. Life is hard to I will search for god through hard work and super annuation. We look for salvation in all kinds of places. Except for the place where real salvation can be found – Jesus Christ.
X-Factor #43 shows us this truth in just one panel.
I’m not the biggest Family Guy fan. It was funny at first, but for me, every episode feels pretty much the same. So I’m not a regular viewer. But this episode, Not All Dogs Go To Heaven, got my attention because it had the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation guest starring in the episode. So I thought I’d give it a shot. But it was the second story line, featuring Meg, that ended up being the most fascinating.
Star Trek (2009)
Director: JJ Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana
My dad and I used to watch Star Trek together. We’d watch the different series: Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager. Back then, it wasn’t always easy to catch them on TV, so we’d wait for each new video to come out, rent it from the video shop and watch two episodes back to back. After a while, I stopped watching Star Trek. It no longer appealed to me. It was no longer offering me an experience that I waited for with anticipation. But it will forever remain something I shared with my dad. So when the new Star Trek movie came out, I got on the phone to my dad. He hadn’t been to see a movie at the cinema since I was a little kid. But I wanted to share this experience with my old man. See, Star Trek is not just a movie, or a TV show, or any other medium it appears in. Star Trek is an experience.