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Why is There a Cult of Youth in The Modern West?

The Western world is in the grip of the cult of youth. Youth is the gold standard of beauty, of health, and increasingly, of wisdom. Being young is in, and being old is, well, so old. Youth is the gold standard of beauty, of health, and increasingly, of wisdom. Of course, we should celebrate children and youth (just like we do any other age group). They’re a wonderful blessing to families, churches, and society. But something has shifted in the Western mindset in how we view children and youth.   In earlier times, and in other cultures, being old was...

How I Made It: Simon Camilleri’s “Nazareth”

TGCA Editor Andrew Moody spoke to the irrepressibly creative Simon Camilleri about his viral Hamilton parody “Nazareth”.  TGCA: Simon thanks for being willing to talk to “How I Made It” about your Hamilton Parody. Back in 2018, you were our second guest on this column and you told us about your “When Santa Learned the Gospel” project. How has that been going, and have you had any other projects on the go since then? It’s so wonderful to hear about churches in various countries still using my children’s book to share the gospel at Christmas. Last year we even had...

Review: The Pop Culture Parent by Ted Turnau, E. Stephen Burnett, and Jared Moore

How do you deal with popular culture in your home? Do you all rush to watch the new series of Agents of Shield? Do you anticipate the reset of Minecraft? When Peppa is a bit rude to her parents, do you point it out? Do you love listening to the creative lyrics in Hamilton with your teens, or ban it because of the explicit language in some songs? Do you comment when the heroine is always stunning, skinny and kick-fighting impossibly in heels? What about when the hero saves the day by laying down his life for others? We need...

Why the World Needs Heroes

Like many marvel fans, I was completely shocked to hear the news of the death of Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman from colon cancer just last week. I think many are reeling because of the disconnect between the healthy warrior image we have of Boseman in full costume as T’Challa, Black Panther warrior and king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, and the reality of the disease that was secretly ravaging his body for the last three years. We should take advantage of every moment we can to enjoy the simplicity of God’s creation, whether it be clear skies...

The God of The Last Dance

There is no better sports documentary than the recently released Michael Jordan biopic ‘The Last Dance’. Indeed, Netflix has dropped one of the greatest sports documentaries of all-time. Just like its central character, the documentary is one for the ages, detailing not only the inside story of the 1997-1998 season of the Chicago Bulls, but also threading-in the various highs and lows of Jordan’s career from start to finish. Netflix has dropped one of the greatest sports documentaries of all-time. Just like its central character, the documentary is one for the ages In reflecting upon this series, I’ve been struck...

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