Category Archives: Pop Culture

Vintage Jesus, Part 3: What Did Jesus Accomplish on the Cross?

This twelve-part series outlines the “Vintage Jesus” sermons of Pastor Mark Driscoll. See part 1 here. Click here to watch the sermon “What Did Jesus Accomplish on the Cross?” 5:25: A brief history of crucifixion Invented by the Persians c. … Continue reading

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“Jesus Is My Homeboy: Behind the Icon” documentary

In 2011 I wrote a piece on the little-known story behind the “Jesus is my Homeboy” T-shirt. (Read “Jesus Is My Homeboy: The Story That Started It All.”) I’ve just learned that the story is being made into a documentary, … Continue reading

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Vintage Jesus, Part 1: Is Jesus the Only God?

Jesus Christ today is the most extraordinary, the most loved and hated, the most widely considered person in all of human history. More songs have been sung to him, more paintings painted of him, and more books written about him, … Continue reading

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World’s Tallest Jesus Statues

Beginning in the 1920s, the genre of the colossal Jesus statue emerged.  Currently, there are twenty-seven Jesus statues worldwide (that I could find) that stand over 65 feet tall, base not included.  Most of them are in Latin America, though … Continue reading

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Roundup: Museum Day, Monkey-Jesus, Vocation of the Artist, Poem by John Piper, “In Gethsemane,” Bible Trivia

I promise I’ll start generating some original content very soon, but in the meantime, here’s a roundup of some articles and other tidbits I’ve come across lately. Museum Day Live! on September 29:  Hosted by Smithsonian magazine, this annual event … Continue reading

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“Looking for Jesus” by Kate Campbell

The above song by country/folk singer-songwriter Kate Campbell was performed at the Baptist World Alliance Congress in Honolulu on July 30, 2010. (The song also appears on her 2008 album Save the Day.) Perceptive and judgment-free, the song moves through … Continue reading

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Super Jesus and Friends

Italian artist Igor Scalisi Palminteri recently created a new art series titled Hagiographies. For this project, Palminteri purchased cheap Jesus and saint statuettes (and a framed painting) from the street markets of Palermo and transformed them into superheroes using acrylic … Continue reading

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Roundup: The Bible, Secular Beatitudes, Short-Term Missions, OT vs. NT law, Les Mis

Here are a few posts by others that went up this week that I enjoyed reading. “God Did Not Write the Bible…” by Kathy Vestal:  I’ll have to wrestle with this one some more.  It raises some provocative questions, like … Continue reading

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Tap-Tap Art in Haiti

Last month a friend of mine, Rachel, told me about how when she visited Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2010, she found Jesus’s name and face painted all over the city’s public transportation vehicles, known as “tap-taps.”  Tap-taps are privately owned and … Continue reading

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Jesus-Beatles-Lamb Chop Mashup

I saw this painting on Matthew Paul Turner’s website and just had to post it here.  It’s called Jesus Broke Out the Lamb Chop Puppet and Hired an Angel to Try and Cheer Up a Clinically Depressed Paul McCartney. (That’s Jesus on the … Continue reading

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