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.
TC Movie Club Discussion: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Listen in as TC’s Josh Larsen, Abby Olcese, and Zachary Lee lead an online discussion with Movie Club members about O Brother, Where Art Thou?
White Saviors (Dune, Passing)
The trope of the “white savior” is central to Dune, a new adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel. In another page-to-screen project - Passing, based on the Nella Larsen novella - presenting as white is seen as a path to a better life. How should we think about the positioning of “whiteness” in such salvific terms? What does such color-coding say about both the identity of Jesus and the makeup of his church? Josh, Kathryn, and Claude discuss.
TC Movie Club Discussion: Fargo
Listen in as TC’s Josh Larsen and Zachary Lee lead an online discussion with Movie Club members about Fargo, the 1996 Oscar winner from brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. It’s the first installment in our four-part Movie Club series, “O Brothers, Where Art Thou?” (To join the club, sign up at thinkchristian.net/movieclub.)
A Christian Defense of Horror Part III (Malignant, 1931’s Frankenstein)
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.
Bad Samaritans (Seinfeld, The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
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.
Wellness (Nine Perfect Strangers, Lorde’s Solar Power)
“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?
Thoughtful Christian Commentary
I appreciate this podcast for its willingness to engage diverse forms of pop culture from a Christian perspective. The episodes on a Christian approach to the horror genre are especially good.
Insight in Christianity and Culture
Every episode provides a thoughtful consideration of popular culture through a Christian lens so if you enjoy grappling with the stories and art of movies, TV, music etc. on more than a superficial level and want to develop a better understanding of the world through them, this is a great podcast to listen to. I love the format of the show with the anchor of each episode in the form of the experienced host Josh Larsen and the wonderfully diverse music selections of John J. Thompson combined with a rotating mix of contributers who share their own unique perspectives as they all jouney through the world of pop culture and Christianity together, helping us all be a little more wiser and considerate of the world we live in as we listen to the voices of the artists and storytellers around us.
The perfect pod for a pop culture loving Christian
Josh and Co. always bring great insight to the latest movies, music, and TV shows that everyone’s talking about. I love the rotation of guests, especially Joe and Claude on this most recent edition. There truly is nothing that is secular!