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Brett McCracken
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Four reasons why, in everything from politics to higher education to evangelicalism, consensus is crumbling: 
Every group, every movement, every family, every coalition or club or team of any kind requires some level of agreement/consensus in order to be meaningfully distinct in identity and remotely effic…
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My +Christianity Today review of The Revenant, a film where the "one-man survival" genre (see Bear Grylls, 127 Hours, All is Lost, etc.) and the "vintage masculinity" trend (beards, pipes, plaid, etc.) collide in the most artful of ways: 
In the 1820s frontier wilderness, survival is a bear.
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Ask yourself which reflects the character of Christ more: Refusing to take in a Syrian refugee because we are concerned at the possibility that we could be harmed by such charity; or taking in the Syrian refugee out of sacrificial love that says “you are welcome at my table even if it costs me something.”
I don’t know what it’s like to be a refugee. I’ve never had to flee my homeland out of fear for my life because bombs or beheadings were a very real threat. I’ve never had to resettle in a foreign …
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"As culture changes and the values of Christianity become more marginalized, the church’s relevance becomes even more prominent as she provides a refreshing alternative to, rather than uncritical affirmation of, society’s prevailing values."

My op/ed for the +Washington Post: 
Many actually don’t want the church to be like a sceney bar or a stylish boutique.
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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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What would define truly countercultural Christianity in today’s world? Not tattoos, craft beer, beards, and pour-over coffee. No, Christianity is truly countercultural when it challenges the autonomy of self and embraces the authority of God.

My latest for  +The Gospel Coalition: 
To embrace the setting-aside-of-the-self and the submission to Christ’s lordship is to be truly countercultural.
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Do Quentin Tarantino’s films have something theological to say in this season of celebrating Christ’s Incarnation? My essay for Christianity Today about the "incarnational aesthetic" of Tarantino's oeuvre: 
Quentin Tarantino is an unlikely contributor to the theology of Incarnation.
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Why are Christians who vehemently oppose abortion so often apathetic about environmental stewardship? A consistent ethic of life should support protecting the created beings of unborn life as well as the created world that declares God’s glory: 
How is it that our society can collectively agree that an unborn life lost to a miscarriage is something to lament but the loss of millions of unborn lives each year from abortion is not? Karen Swa...
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For Christianity Today, I wrote a review of "Love & Mercy," the excellent new film about the life of The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson: 
Brian Wilson biopic explores the soundscape of artistic genius and tragedy.
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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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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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