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Think Christian: A Faith and Pop Culture Podcast

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How might your pop culture fandom resonate with your faith? Josh Larsen, editor of Think Christian, talks with TC writers about the latest in TV, movies, music, and more, exploring the ways popular culture and its cultivators interact with God’s story.

How might your pop culture fandom resonate with your faith? Josh Larsen, editor of Think Christian, talks with TC writers about the latest in TV, movies, music, and more, exploring the ways popular culture and its cultivators interact with God’s story.

Location:

United States

Description:

How might your pop culture fandom resonate with your faith? Josh Larsen, editor of Think Christian, talks with TC writers about the latest in TV, movies, music, and more, exploring the ways popular culture and its cultivators interact with God’s story.

Language:

English

Contact:

616-942-9383


Episodes

A Christian Defense of Horror Part III (Malignant, 1931’s Frankenstein)

10/12/2021
Our annual Halloween show applies a theological lens to horror both new (James Wan’s Malignant) and old (1931’s Frankenstein). Josh, JR., and Sarah discuss what Christians might appreciate about movies designed to scare us.

Duration:00:41:45

Bad Samaritans (Seinfeld, The Eyes of Tammy Faye)

9/27/2021
Love thy neighbor? The four narcissistic New Yorkers on Seinfeld, coming soon to Netflix, weren’t exactly known for looking out for others. What about Tammy Faye Bakker, whose television ministry with husband Jim Bakker began with good intentions but ended in scandal, as dramatized in the new movie The Eyes of Tammy Faye? Josh, Aarik, and Abby consider the show and film in light of the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Duration:00:41:31

Wellness (Nine Perfect Strangers, Lorde’s Solar Power)

9/14/2021
“Wellness” has both spiritual and physical connotations — connotations explored in the Hulu series Nine Perfect Strangers and the new album from Lorde. What is Christianity’s place in a world of smoothies, meditation, and sun salutations?

Duration:00:47:09

You’re Invited to the TC Movie Club

9/9/2021
For the first edition of the TC Movie Club, we’ll discuss where four Coen brothers films fall within an Old Testament-New Testament framework: Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men, and True Grit. We’re eyeing the evening of Oct. 22 as the date of our first virtual gathering. You can join the club at thinkchristian.net/movieclub.

Duration:00:01:30

Heroes of Faith (The Suicide Squad, The Green Knight)

8/31/2021
Josh, Claude, and Joe consider biblical heroism in the light (or shadow) of two new antihero movies: The Suicide Squad and The Green Knight.

Duration:00:43:57

History Lessons (Loki, Summer of Soul)

8/3/2021
In Loki, events are erased from the “sacred timeline.” In the music documentary Summer of Soul, discarded history comes to light. What are Christians called to remember across the ages, and why?

Duration:00:42:36

Nostalgia (In the Heights, Lucy Dacus’ Home Video)

7/20/2021
Nostalgia - fondly remembering the way things were - can trap us in the past, but sometimes it can point toward the future. Josh, Abby, and Aarik discuss the nostalgia at work in In the Heights and Lucy Dacus’ Home Video, considering how both compare to a Christian understanding of reminiscence.

Duration:00:38:39

Solitude and Silence (A Quiet Place Part II, The Underground Railroad)

6/30/2021
What part can solitude and silence play in the devotional life of the Christian? How might signature moments in A Quiet Place Part II and The Underground Railroad exemplify the spiritual value of stillness? Kathryn and Sarah join Josh to discuss.

Duration:00:37:20

Multicultural Christianity (Raya and the Last Dragon, Becoming All Things)

6/8/2021
Michelle joins Josh to discuss the multicultural animated adventure Raya and the Last Dragon in the context of her new book - Becoming All Things: How Small Changes Can Lead to Lasting Connections Across Cultures.

Duration:00:33:51

Swords into Plowshares (Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Wrath of Man)

5/25/2021
A rash of gun violence in the first half of 2021 has us wondering about the depiction of weapons in pop culture - particularly in Star Wars: The Bad Batch and Jason Statham’s Wrath of Man. How can we reconcile the prevalence of weaponry in our films and television with the weapon-less vision of Isaiah 2?

Duration:00:41:18

Backsliding (DMX, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier)

5/11/2021
Every Christian falters in their faith. The late rapper DMX did so publicly; in Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes does so symbolically. Josh, Claude, and JR. discuss what both say about slippin’.

Duration:00:39:10

Biblical Beasts (Godzilla vs. Kong, Becoming Alien)

4/13/2021
Are there such things as holy monsters? To celebrate her new book, Becoming Alien, Sarah joins Josh to discuss the new Godzilla vs. Kong, the leviathan of the Bible, and how both relate to the Alien film series.

Duration:00:25:52

Kingdom Come (Coming 2 America, Marvel Comics’ Empyre)

3/23/2021
When Christians pray “Your kingdom come . . .” what do we mean? Josh, Claude, and Joe look to two kingdom-concerned pieces of pop culture — Eddie Murphy’s Coming 2 America and Marvel’s Empyre — for answers.

Duration:00:42:52

God at the Grammys (Megan Thee Stallion, Ingrid Andress, Brittany Howard)

3/10/2021
Among this year’s Grammy nominees are Megan Thee Stallion, Ingrid Andress, and Brittany Howard. Josh, Kathryn, and Aarik discuss their eclectic musical styles and consider what their songs have to say about God’s unconditional love and how we hold the imago dei.

Duration:00:38:26

Pop Culture Pastors (The VelociPastor, The Night of the Hunter)

2/23/2021
Josh fulfills his promise to JR. to watch and discuss The VelociPastor. They’re joined by Abby, who brings along a slightly more respected movie featuring a clergyperson: 1955’s The Night of the Hunter.

Duration:00:45:51

Family (WandaVision, Minari)

2/9/2021
The notion of family is crucial to the Christian story, from God’s calling of Abram’s clan to our experience of God as Father and Son. How might the Marvel series WandaVision and the independent film Minari - two very different types of family dramas - help us think about the role of family in the Christian life? Sarah and Michelle join Josh to discuss.

Duration:00:43:21

Best of 2020

1/19/2021
The entire podcast team gathers to celebrate our favorite movies, TV, and music of 2020. From Soul to Ted Lasso to Phoebe Bridgers, some good stuff actually happened last year.

Duration:01:33:36

Secular Christmas Songs (Mariah Carey, Jonas Brothers)

12/8/2020
We all know the carols and hymns. How might secular Christmas songs - of which we get more each year - also reflect the religious significance of the season? Josh, Kathryn, and Michelle give a listen to Mariah Carey’s classic, “All I Want for Christmas is You,” and a new holiday song from the Jonas Brothers.

Duration:00:31:51

Born Again (Schitt’s Creek, Sufjan Stevens’ The Ascension)

11/17/2020
What did Jesus mean when he said we must be born again? Josh, JR., and Aarik look to the final season of Schitt’s Creek and Sufjan Stevens’ The Ascension for possible answers.

Duration:00:38:03

A Christian Defense of Horror, Part II (Relic, Candyman ’92)

10/20/2020
On the eve of another Halloween, Joe George and Abby Olcese join Josh once again to discuss a Christian approach to the horror genre, this time focusing on 1992’s Candyman and the recent Australian film Relic.

Duration:00:39:06