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Christ Comes First

As long as our ministry efforts have different starting points than our Life in Christ, they will never be fully united, nor will they be of Christ.
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Life Lessons from "This Is Us" - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

If we want our children and families to grow in their likeness to Christ, then we must pursue that path ourselves.
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Finally, A Blog Post About Zelda - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Video games are fun, but not only because they provide great entertainment. They speak to our desire to participate in a story that is bigger than we are: God's Story.
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Longing for the Right Thing - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

God has given us a natural capacity for desire, meant to be directed toward Him. But is it possible that this "holy longing" might be directed toward the wrong ends?
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What CrossFit Taught Me About Loving God - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Working out is helpful for our health, but perhaps the habit of exercise can teach us something about forming spiritual habits as well.
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Disney is for Grown-Ups - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Disney movies aren't just for kids. In fact, the way we watch them as grown-ups may even have something to teach us about how we approach faith in Christ as well.
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Star Wars: An Entertaining, Misdirection of Love - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

As human beings, we are made to be lovers; we can't help but love. But WHAT do we love as ultimate? Is it the Lord, or something else?
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Searching for God in a World of Pokémon - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Niantic's Pokémon Go exploded on the scene in July. Might it be that the game's popularity is largely due to a longing for transcendence?
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The Flash: Heroism, Villainy, and Death - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Each of us is capable of great good or great evil, and it usually comes down to what we are willing to die for. Will you choose to be a hero or a villain?
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Escaping Hubris Through Failure - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

We often think of games as pastimes and recreation, but might it be that learning to lose gracefully may be unto our salvation.
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Why I Let My Daughter Be Scared - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

As a parent, it's always hard to decide what kinds of things your kids should watch, especially if they are scared. But maybe there is value in watching things that scare our children?
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Loving Unseemly Characters - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Sometimes we meet people who are difficult to love, but the beauty of art is that we get practice caring for people with whom we might not normally associate.
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Harry Potter and the Fear of Death - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

All of us will die, but not all of us will die well. Harry Potter, however, demonstrates that death is meant to be the final expression of a life lived for others.
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The Spaces We Create and How They Shape Us - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

We tend to think that we create spaces to express ourselves, but what if the spaces we create actually are more formative on us?
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Taylor Swift, Ryan Adams, and the Cross of Christ - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Perhaps the Church can learn from Ryan Adams, whose cover of Taylor Swift’s "1989" reveals how sometimes we all can hide our deepest and truest experiences of hurt and longing behind upbeat masks.
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Beauty, Harmony, and How Fleet Foxes Guides the Heart: Pop Culture Espresso Shots

The music of the Fleet Foxes is beautiful, and it matters because all beauty comes from God. Maybe as we enjoy such music, our hearts are directed toward the Lord's good things.
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