First Reformed

CAPC Magazine Issue 1 of 2019: Consumption – Christian Article

Letter from the Editor: Consuming Ourselves to Death John Calvin famously called the human heart an idol factory, due to its seemingly innate ability to crank out countless baubles to adore and worship. Generally speaking, we must consume in order to produce. Just as the production of a tangible good requires massive amounts of input—natural resources, components, labor, and so on—the human heart is also running on a variety of inputs. We take the raw components of all we consume…

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God of the Belly: Wasting away in the World of First Reformed – Christian Article

In the end, we consume ourselves. At least, that’s the idea. You eat and drink, and that fuel settles into fat. Your body uses that fat to power your muscles and organs. If you don’t take in enough calories, your body wastes away, and literally devours itself. The same thing happens with the mind: We consume ideas, thoughts, and art, and we convert them into inspiration, and that inspiration becomes action. Cognitive Behavioral Theory frames it this way: we have…

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Twelve Movie Moments – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. One of the wonderful things about cinema is its ability to capture and preserve a single enchanting…

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The Christ and Pop Culture 25 of 2018 – Christian Article

What were the most-meaningful cultural influences of 2018? The Christ and Pop Culture 25 is a list of our favorite people, works of art, or cultural artifacts from the past year that we feel best represent God’s truth and grace in the world. The list is extremely weird, a meandering, whiplash-inducing product of the diverse perspectives of our writers. We wouldn’t have it any other way. The goal of our list is to illuminate and appreciate the good both in…

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The Christ and Pop Culture 25 of 2018: #10 to #6 – Christian Article

What were the most-meaningful cultural influences of 2018? The Christ and Pop Culture 25 is a list of our favorite people, works of art, or cultural artifacts from the past year that we feel best represent God’s truth and grace in the world. The list is extremely weird, a meandering, whiplash-inducing product of the diverse perspectives of our writers. We wouldn’t have it any other way. The goal of our list is to illuminate and appreciate the good both in…

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