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Brett McCracken
Works at Biola University
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"Don Draper isn’t real; he’s an advertisement. He’s an ad man who is also an ad, man. He is a story Dick Whitman is telling about America and self-made men. He is a Gatsby-esque myth of building an identity from scratch, becoming very rich and attractive, a well-dressed, well-coiffed, well-spoken ad man who women want and men want to be. But as we see so vividly throughout the seven seasons of Mad Men, the real Don Draper (Dick Whitman) is a broken, messy, vulnerable man." 

My reflections on the spectacular conclusion of Mad Men:
Mad Men's Don Draper isn't just an ad man who create ads. He's an ad himself.
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Francis Schaeffer once said "There cannot be true revival unless there has been reformation, and reformation is incomplete without revival."
In my latest blog post I reflect on the value of Christians balancing Word/Spirit, reformation/revival: 
In the Christianity of my Midwestern Baptist upbringing, the Holy Spirit was a part of the Trinity I acknowledged but hardly understood. I recall hearing murmurs that one of my classmates in third ...
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A proposition concerning the poor quality of evangelical-made movies (propositions themselves are the problem!) 
A year ago at this time, discussion of Hollywood’s “religious renaissance” began in earnest. Movies like Son of God, Noah, Heaven is for Real and God’s Not Dead were preparing to release, with more...
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My review of +Interstellar Movie for +Christianity Today:
A cinematic search for new homes in the heavens, with a secular, yet curiously devout vision of the cosmos.
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If "Whiplash" opens in theaters near you this weekend, go see it. My review: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/october-web-only/whiplash.html
A film about art, discipline, and the benefits of someone who cracks the whip.
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How might the medium of cool change the message of the gospel? Revisiting Hipster Christianity for +Converge Magazine: 
We must admit that the particular shape and style Christianity takes has some bearing on what people perceive it to mean.
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"Death is the only logic of this barren landscape, where people eat spiders as snacks and babies are cut out the wombs of dying women. And yet where there is disorder and death, there is hope for order and life. The apocalyptic energy of the film seethes with an eschatological longing for renewal and restoration. The way cinematographer John Seale focuses on color (vibrant primary hues of yellow, red and blue), the way the operatic music and sense of ceremony accompanies the chaos, are but some of the hints that a deeper magic and meaning exists in the universe."
Finding a forgotten Eden in the midst of post-apocalyptic anarchy.
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Have Christians in America bought into individualism to such an extent that we are now in a weak position to claim that some individual rights must be given up for the sake of Christian communal expression? My new blog post: http://ow.ly/JSGxe
I wrote an article recently for Biola Magazine, the official publication of Biola University, about the challenges Christian universities are facing on "religious freedom" issues related to changin...
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Every Christmas should give us the present of a new Terrence Malick film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC-3rnv_b3o
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"We flourish, Malick suggests, when we look away from ourselves and instead toward our life-giving Creator and the beauty that testifies to his majesty." My review of Peter Leithart's "Shining Glory," for The Other Journal: http://bit.ly/1t6uotm
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"The ease with which the Rapture has crossed over into secular culture may reflect a broader societal anxiety. The destabilizing effects of two world wars and the cold war, coupled with nuclear fears and worries about technology, infused the 20th century with an existential urgency and expectancy of calamity. When fears of apocalypse—whether by contagion, nuke, robot, zombie, mutated spider, or giant lizard—were everywhere in pop culture, the worldwide disappearance of millions didn't seem farfetched." My latest for +Christianity Today:
Why are movies about the last days still so popular?
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I wrote a commentary for +Christianity Today on three new documentaries (one Catholic and two made by graduates of +Biola University) that explore Christian faith and homosexuality: http://bit.ly/VVGWVc
Three new documentaries examine Christian faith, homosexuality, and the question of change.
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Ex gay doesn't exist... They're bisexual people whom you've shamed into temporarily surpressing their same sex attractions.

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Managing Editor, Biola Magazine
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  • Biola University
    Managing Editor, Biola Magazine, present
  • Wheaton College, UCLA, Biola University, C.S. Lewis Foundation
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Shawnee, KS - Tulsa, OK - Wheaton, IL
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Christian. Author, editor, film critic, cultural observer.
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Brett McCracken is a Los Angeles based writer/journalist. He is the author of Hipster Christianity: When Church & Cool Collide and has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN.com, The Princeton Theological Review, Mediascape, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Relevant, IMAGE Journal, Q Ideas and Conversantlife.com.
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  • Talbot School of Theology
    present
  • Wheaton College, UCLA, Talbot School of Theology
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