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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

Time (Palm Springs, The Old Guard)

8/3/2020
Time is a curse in both Palm Springs and The Old Guard, two new streaming movies. How should Christians think about time, and use the time we’ve been given? Josh, Sarah, and Joe discuss in light of the Andy Samberg romantic comedy and the Charlize Theron action flick.

Duration:00:31:21

God Bless America? (Hamilton on Disney Plus, Captain America by Ta-Nehisi Coates)

7/20/2020
What does it mean to be a citizen of a nation and also belong to the Kingdom of God? Josh, Abby, and JR. consider in light of the smash musical Hamilton, now on Disney Plus, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ recent run as writer of Captain America.

Duration:00:32:56

Black Lives Matter (Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods, Mickey Guyton's "Black Like Me")

7/6/2020
The rallying cry that Black Lives Matter finds biblical support in the concept of the imago dei: that every person is made in the image of God. In their own ways, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and Mickey Guyton’s “Black Like Me” preach the same thing.

Duration:00:37:56

Star Wars Watch Party

6/22/2020
The TC podcast team recently hosted another watch party with listeners over Zoom, this time for 1977's Star Wars. We’re sharing our pre- and post-movie conversation here, where we discuss Christian just war ethics, the "scale of hope," and what we each think is the most underrated Star Wars film.

Duration:00:29:25

Humility (Michael Jordan’s Last Dance, Jason Isbell’s Reunions)

6/2/2020
Humility has never been a word used to describe NBA legend Michael Jordan, who remains true to form in the ESPN documentary about him. Can strains of humility be better heard on Reunions, the new album from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit? Josh, Kathryn, and Aarik consider what both the doc and the LP reveal about this distinctly Christian virtue.

Duration:00:39:08

Bonus: Spider-Verse Commentary

5/15/2020
Miss watching movies with friends? Cue up this commentary from the TC podcast team while watching Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and enjoy the film with us.

Duration:02:19:12

Spider-Verse Watch Party

5/11/2020
The TC podcast team recently got “together” with listeners to watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. We’re sharing our pre- and post-movie conversation here, where we choose our favorite Spider-Verse characters; discuss what mentoring looks like for Christians; and consider how costuming can be a sign of sanctification. (Look for audio of our in-movie commentary later in the TC podcast feed.)

Duration:00:33:23

Empathy (Tiger King, Never Rarely Sometimes Always)

4/27/2020
The late film critic Roger Ebert once described movies as “empathy machines.” What’s a Christian understanding of empathy, and do Netflix’s Tiger King and the new indie film Never Rarely Sometimes Always embody it? Josh and Claude find scant signs in the tale of Joe Exotic, while Sarah joins Josh to discuss their more positive - if challenging - experience with Never Rarely.

Duration:00:36:20

Idols (Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana, Grimes’ Miss Anthropocene)

4/13/2020
Who is the idol in Taylor Swift’s Netflix documentary? What are the “New Gods” on Grimes’ latest album, Miss Anthropocene? Josh, Aarik, and new guest Michelle Reyes discuss on the latest TC podcast.

Duration:00:38:18

Contagious Comfort (John Legend Together at Home, Stephen Colbert’s Light Show)

3/24/2020
By offering “at home” performances during COVID-19, entertainers like John Legend and Stephen Colbert exercise the communal assurance Paul speaks of in 2 Corinthians 1: “For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”

Duration:00:26:57

Trust and Obey (Pixar’s Onward, Netflix’s Cheer)

3/12/2020
It takes a lot of trust to be part of a competitive cheerleading team like the one at the center of Netflix’s Cheer. In Pixar’s Onward, trust determines the outcome of a key scene. How do both compare to a Christian understanding of what it means to trust and obey?

Duration:00:42:42

Best of the 2010s

2/19/2020
How did our favorite movies, music, and television capture the spiritual mood of the 2010s? The entire TC podcast team comes together to discuss the pop culture that defined the decade - and how it intersects with God’s timeless story.

Duration:01:17:55

Karen Swallow Prior on Little Women

1/30/2020
Can “re-reading” be a spiritual practice? Literature maven Karen Swallow Prior joins Josh Larsen to consider how Greta Gerwig’s Little Women re-reads Louisa May Alcott’s novel - and how the movie might offer a model for re-reading Scripture.

Duration:00:21:32

A Theology of Star Wars (The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian)

1/21/2020
What do Leia, lightsabers, masks, and baby Yoda have in common? Star Wars, of course, but they're also elements of the sci-fi saga that carry Christian implications.

Duration:00:37:15

Advent TV (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, A Charlie Brown Christmas)

12/17/2019
Classic holiday TV specials don’t always address “what Christmas is all about,” but the good news comes through just the same.

Duration:00:22:58

O, Death (The Irishman, Nick Cave’s Ghosteen)

12/3/2019
Mortality hangs heavily over Martin Scorsese’s mob epic and Nick Cave’s new album, offering occasion for Christians to consider how we wrestle with the reality of death, even as people of the resurrection.

Duration:00:32:27

Do Justice (Netflix’s Unbelievable, Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men)

11/18/2019
Micah 6:8 instructs us, among other things, to “do justice.” How does that compare to the sort of justice pursed in Netflix’s Unbelievable and the latest X-Men comics?

Duration:00:43:02

Pop Culture as Liturgy

10/31/2019
While gathered in Chicago recently for a retreat, the TC podcast team turned on the mic for a group conversation about the pieces of pop culture they’ve found to be spiritually formative.

Duration:00:31:50

A Christian Defense of Horror (The Exorcist, It Follows)

10/7/2019
Of course Christians can watch movies. But horror movies? Josh Larsen and Abby Olcese offer a defense of horror in their discussion of It Follows, while Josh and Joe George debate the spiritual value of the 1973 classic The Exorcist.

Duration:00:41:46

Fantasy, Reality, Eschatology (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite)

9/18/2019
Watching The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has Josh Larsen, Sarah Welch-Larson, and Claude Atcho wondering: could imagination be as crucial as reason when envisioning the final chapter of God's grand story?

Duration:00:37:39