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Think Christian: A Faith and Pop Culture Podcast
94 minutes | 5 days ago
Best of 2020
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.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Secular Christmas Songs (Mariah Carey, Jonas Brothers)
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.
38 minutes | 2 months ago
Born Again (Schitt’s Creek, Sufjan Stevens’ The Ascension)
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.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
A Christian Defense of Horror, Part II (Relic, Candyman ’92)
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.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
Josh, Sarah, and Aarik discuss a few of the essays in our latest ebook, Pop Psalms: How our favorite pop, rock, hip hop, and country songs echo the wisdom literature of the Bible. Get your free copy at thinkchristian.net/poppsalms.
39 minutes | 4 months ago
Conspiracy Theories (Tenet, Lovecraft Country)
Many Christians have become enamored with harmful conspiracy theories in recent years. What do Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and HBO’s Lovecraft Country, both steeped in conspiratorial plots, say about the allure of untruth? Josh, Claude, and JR. investigate.
27 minutes | 5 months ago
Quarantine Hymns (Taylor Swift’s folklore, Billie Eilish’s “my future”)
Artists in isolation during COVID-19 have released surprise songs about loneliness and self-reflection. How might the likes of Taylor Swift’s folklore and Billie Eilish’s “my future” speak to us as Christians?
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Holy Nonsense (Muppets Now, Floor is Lava)
Does silliness have theological significance? Josh, Michelle, and Aarik look to Muppets Now and Floor is Lava for answers — and fun.
31 minutes | 6 months ago
Time (Palm Springs, The Old Guard)
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.
33 minutes | 6 months ago
God Bless America? (Hamilton on Disney Plus, Captain America by Ta-Nehisi Coates)
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.
38 minutes | 7 months ago
Black Lives Matter (Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods, Mickey Guyton's "Black Like Me")
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.
29 minutes | 7 months ago
Star Wars Watch Party
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.
39 minutes | 8 months ago
Humility (Michael Jordan’s Last Dance, Jason Isbell’s Reunions)
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.
139 minutes | 8 months ago
Bonus: Spider-Verse Commentary
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.
33 minutes | 8 months ago
Spider-Verse Watch Party
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.)
36 minutes | 9 months ago
Empathy (Tiger King, Never Rarely Sometimes Always)
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.
38 minutes | 9 months ago
Idols (Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana, Grimes’ Miss Anthropocene)
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.
27 minutes | 10 months ago
Contagious Comfort (John Legend Together at Home, Stephen Colbert’s Light Show)
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.”
43 minutes | 10 months ago
Trust and Obey (Pixar’s Onward, Netflix’s Cheer)
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?
78 minutes | a year ago
Best of the 2010s
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.
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