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Are You Still Watching?: Using Pop Culture to Tune In, Find God, & Get Renewed for Another Season

SKU 9780827201064

edited by Stephanie Kendell & Arthur Stewart

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Read Chapter Three - Barbecue Sauce, Ted Lasso, Jesus, and the Hermeneutic of Curiosity

Are You Still Watching? is for readers who enjoy pop-culture and are serious about deeper matters concerning spirituality and being a positive presence in the world at-large. What does “Ted Lasso” have to tell us about hermeneutics? What can the church learn from “Schitt's Creek”? Would you attend a Sunday school class taught by Loki? Perhaps your entertainment is sustaining your faith more than you think.

Pop culture does more than entertain us. At its best, it is a mirror—maybe sometimes a distorted funhouse mirror—reflecting to us beauty, absurdity, and profound truth of what it means to be human. These musicians, actors, writers, and producers often sit in the prophet’s chair and offer us modern parables with deeper meanings waiting for those with ears to hear. When we watch and listen through a spiritual lens, their stories challenge our beliefs, help us understand our faith, and encourage us change how we treat others and the world we share. Are You Still Watching? highlights different entertainment vehicles like television shows, movies, music, and podcasts showcasing the best in humanity or demonstrating ways we can grow our faith.


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Chapter One: Following a Gleaming Star: Epiphany, Magi, and the Avett Brothers

Chapter Two: Let Your Light Shine: Grief, Healing, and Next to Normal

Chapter Three: Barbecue Sauce: Ted Lasso, Jesus, and the Hermeneutic of Curiosity

Chapter Four: Forget What’s Behind: Sanctified Imagination and The Harder They Fall

Chapter Five: Lord, Only You Can Answer That: Dry Bones and Get Back

Chapter Six: The Sun Has Gazed on Me: Song of Songs, Beyoncé’s Black Parade and Decolonization

Chapter Seven: The Town Where I Currently Am: The Kin-dom and Schitt’s Creek

Chapter Eight: Do Our Choices Matter? Free Will, Divine Order, and Foundation

Chapter Nine: One Body, Many Members: Open Minds and Queer Eye

Chapter Ten: Where is Fat Jesus? Sympathizing in Weakness and My 600-lb Life

Chapter Eleven: Go to Hell, Christian! The Afterlife, This Life, and Netflix’s Lucifer

Chapter Twelve: Chaos as Virtue: Lessons from Loki on Mystery and Mischief