Our Bi-Monthly Look at Faith, Life and Culture


For most churches, the trick to getting the millennial generation to engage is simple enough. Millennials, the thinking goes, want a church that is technologically savvy. They want a chill, low-key environment. And, above all, they want to be surrounded by people with whom they can relate. Read More

According to new research from Duke University’s Mark Chaves, several kinds of Christian worship experiences—including speaking in tongues—are on the rise among American churchgoers. Chaves has been studying church worship since 1998, and in that time, “spontaneous jumping, shouting or singing” has increased by 9 percentage points. But perhaps most notably, speaking in tongues has jumped by 5 percentage points—not a huge number, but definitely noteworthy given how controversial the practice was even in a few years ago. Read More

Of all the church’s attempts to infiltrate mainstream culture in the ’90s, none was more successful than VeggieTales. Phil Vischer’s mix of biblical morality, smart character chemistry and (of course) silly songs was set to the then-new genre of computer animation for something charmingly original.

The fad waned, but VeggieTales’ parent company, Big Idea, is now looking to the new Fountain of Youth for franchises: Netflix. The company is launching a new VeggieTales series—complete with redesigned characters. Read More

Last year, a group of Harvard students attempted to celebrate Black Mass—a traditionally Satanic ceremony that mocks Catholic teaching and the Eucharist. Harvard pulled the plug at the last minute, much to the chagrin of The Satanic Temple, a New York-based group who ostensibly serves as the most visible manifestation of Satanism in America.

And yet, all may not be as it seems. Read More

Reinventing the Album Release

How Thom Yorke, Beyoncé and U2 have changed music

Back in September, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke released a surprise solo album via file-sharing software BitTorrent Bundle. It was an unconventional way to release an album, but unconventional is becoming the new style in the music industry.

It all started with Beyoncé’s self-titled album, released overnight in late 2013. There were no singles, no press releases, just a new album popping up on iTunes. It was a significant power play, but it flipped the music industry in ways even Bey probably didn’t predict. Read More

2015: A Preview

15 completely serious trends that will define the year to come

Each day, our team of editors and writers spend countless hours interviewing tastemakers and binge-reading listicles and news articles to get the gist of current events and bring you the latest in cultural trends. We got our team to put their collective knowledge together to forecast pop-culture trends that will definitely, with 100-percent assurance, become realities in 2015. We can confidently say they nailed it. Read More