Sitcom Smackdown

Pop culture site Vulture.com sets up a 16-show bracket to determine the best sitcom of the last 30 years: Beginning today, our all-star panel of novelists, journalists, and TV producers will take on the close-to-impossible job of determining which of these sitcoms deserve to progress in our bracket, and which must stay behind. (Naturally some favorites — Curb Your Enthusiasm, More …

Demon Hunter, For Reals

Acculturated on the story of Christian metal band Demon Hunter and their support for various kinds of U.S. special forces mayhem: The shooter continued: “[They} got in touch and said, ‘We’re all about promoting what you do.’ They sent us CDs and patches. I wore my Demon Hunter patch on every mission. I wore it when I blasted bin Laden.”  More …

The Delicious Cross

Is this the very definition of irony (maybe more the Alanis Morissette kind than the dictionary-definition kind)? The cross–the means of the Jesus’ torture and death–turned into delicious milk chocolate. I’m not sure if I should be depressed that a sacred symbol has been reduced to a chocolate treat, or if I should be happy that there’s an Easter product More …

This Just In: Journalists Don’t Know or Like Christian Conservatives

In example number eleventy gajilion of this ongoing story, a journalism insider pulls back the curtain and reveals yet again that journalists have nothing but contempt for people who hold traditional Christian values. This time it’s the Washington Post, where the ombudsman publishes an email exchange between a reporter and a reader who complained about the sland of coverage. And… More …

Saying Goodbye to 500 of My Favorite Channels

This week, we at the Cynical Christian household are cancelling our satellite TV service. We’re looking for ways to cut expenses, and since we’re already down to eating just two meals a day and we’ve traded our car for an old donkey (I’ve named him “Infiniti Q35”), the dish package was one of the few things left to cut. So now More …

This is Your Brain on the Eternal

An interesting post at Acculturated scratches the surface (“And believe me, it’s a surface that needed scratching.” – David Letterman) of the question of transcendence: Are religious experiences real or just a fluke of misfiring neurons in our brain? So many good quotes in that piece, it’s hard to pick just one that gives you the gist, so let’s go More …

Reconciling God’s Love with God’s Wrath

Wrath is an aspect of God’s nature that every Christian should understand, but we tend to shy away from. Justin Taylor looks at the Old Testament fire-and-brimstone God from a New Testament perspective, asking “How could God command genocide in the Old Testament?“ It is commonplace in our culture to ask whether this or that was fair or just for More …

Why Boys Kill

While politicians continue their ridiculous bread-n’-circuses routine around gun control (without the bread, and with clowns that aren’t funny, just painfully stupid), I think it’s important to note a contributing factor to gun violence that goes strangely under-reported. Not just among the media, but the general public as well, it’s the root cause that people don’t dare to mention: Though More …

Hollywood’s Conservative Bias

No, that title isn’t a typo. It’s a reference to an article from The Atlantic which claimed, counter to perpetually irate conservative criticisms, that Hollywood movies tended to favor a conservative worldview, but for economic reasons rather than ideological ones. When I say that Hollywood has its own ideology, I’m not talking about the political fads that occasionally occupy its More …

Love Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry about Your Explosive Diarrhea

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day, or as it was known around the Cynical Christian home this year, “Valentine’s and Painful, Explosive Diarrhea Day,” as yours truly was stricken with some mutant strain of stomach virus that probably originated in the darkest part of the Congo, most likely in the restroom of the Congo Arby’s. As I was More …

Is Horror the Most Christian Film Genre?

An interesting question on Acculturated: The stereotype is that horror, with all its darkness and evil, is as anti-Christian as it gets.  Yet this darkness and evil is precisely what makes horror the perfect Christian genre, according to Scott Derrickson, director of Sinister and the Exorcism of Emily Rose, among many other projects.  In her discernment process, Rachel unearthed a More …

Introvert Update: Should Introverted Kids Learn to Speak Up in School

I’m starting to believe that introversion (“introvertedness”? whatever…) is a legitimate personality type, and introverts shouldn’t be forced into an extrovert mold just because conventional wisdom says that’s normal. However, we live in a world where you have to be able to communicate with people, and that includes introverts. So, I’m glad to hear that some teachers still require class More …

The Human Character of Scripture

Justin Taylor calls our attention to an interesting essay (at least, it was interesting as far as I could read; bringing my attention span to a hundred-year-old scholarly essay is like trying to cover a baseball diamond with a bikini top) on the role of divine inspiration in the Bible: It must be remembered that it is not claimed that More …

Cheering for God

There are more than a few pastors–especially in the South–who will, on occasion, try to make their congregation feel guilty for not showing enthusiasm for God in the same way they show it for their favorite football team. If the congregation isn’t singing loud enough or waving their arms, or whatever, the preacher will jump up and say, “I see More …

Christians and Tipping

The subject of Christians and tipping is back in the public eye, thanks to that pastor who not only left no tip but threw in a dumb, insulting note besides. If you’re not up to speed, here’s some coverage from the Consumerist: Earlier this week, we posted a story about a restaurant customer who not only chose to deny the More …

The Difference Between "Law" and Whatever It Is that Obama Does

These announcements keep coming down clarifying the meaning of Obamacare and the administration’s position on exemptions and requirements. And every time, religious organizations wait with bated breath, hoping that this time the administration will finally show some regard for the religious objections to the contraceptive mandate. (The Anchoress has a rundown of the latest one here.) Maybe those with religious More …

A Quick Explanation of Why Praise Music is Terrible

I grew up in an old-school Southern Baptist church, so naturally I grew up thinking that old-school hymns were the lamest kind of music ever. I yearned for the day when I could hear something contemporary in church. Then I grew up and started going to a more contemporary church. And I got my first prolonged exposure to contemporary praise More …

So Long, Boy Scouts

Think of the people you know who participate in the Boy Scouts, or who are the kind of people who might be inclined to participate in the Boy Scouts. If the Scouts decide to start allowing gay troop leaders, do you think those people would be more or less interested in Scouting? It’s hard to see how such a move More …

The 100th Anniversary of the Income Tax

While you wait for your 1099s to arrive in the mail and schedule an appointment with your expensive accountant, take a moment to reflect on the 100th anniversary of the 16th amendment, and all the terrible, terrible decisions of all the voters who ratified it and brought this pain upon you. Dan Mitchell writes on the lessons we should learn More …

Give Me Nookie or Give Me Death

Has anybody else noticed that the word “freedom” is being slowly redefined to mean “sexual freedom and only sexual freedom”? All those other freedoms that make up “freedom” are being swept to the side or just smothered to death in their sleep like Hugh Hefner in the daydreams of every woman who’s been involved with him for the last 30 More …