Think Christian serves the devout faithful who are also fans of popular culture. In music and movies, television and video games, we seek to find—in the words of the Apostle Paul—“whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable.” Our task as a digital magazine is to consider how popular culture and its cultivators interact with God’s story, and we do this with grace, appreciation, and discernment.
Many Christians are swimming in popular culture every day, whether passively or as active consumers. We hope to meet you in that place, connecting what you consider in worship on Sunday with what you experience as art and entertainment during the rest of the week. There is no such thing as secular, so let’s bring our Christianity to the pop culture that is also part of our lives.
Rooted in the Reformed tradition, we recognize that all of culture falls beneath God's sovereignty, and that by his common grace believers and unbelievers alike are capable of creating beautiful things. We do not attempt to “baptize” popular culture, but rather recognize that God’s truth can sometimes be glimpsed in unlikely places. Our aim is the same for each piece of pop culture we consider: to meet it first on its own aesthetic terms, and then ask how it might sit alongside the Christian faith. Does it echo the gospel in some fashion? Evidence our need for the good news? Contradict our understanding of the world in a way that deserves a loving response? To ask such questions is to think Christianly about popular culture, the common language of our time.
Will you join us in this endeavor? You can find us on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up to receive our articles via email. Think Christian is a ministry of ReFrame Media / Back to God Ministries International, supported by the Christian Reformed Church in North America.
Think Christian is a ministry of ReFrame Media. Our mission is to invite media users like you to see your whole life reframed by God’s gospel story. ReFrame produces a family of programs across a range of topics to help you grow spiritually and find encouragement wherever you are in life.
Back to God Ministries International
ReFrame Media is the English language ministry of Back to God Ministries International, a global mission that reframes lives with God’s story through indigenous teams producing media in ten major world languages. For more than 75 years, our mission has been to share the gospel, disciple believers, and strengthen the church through media.
Back to God is the media mission of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, a denomination of about 1000 churches across the US and Canada committed to proclaiming Christ in the Reformed tradition around the world.
Josh joined Think Christian in 2011 after 16 years in the newspaper business as a reporter, critic, and editor. Josh is also co-host of Filmspotting and author of Movies Are Prayers, as well as a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, and conferences. If you have any questions about TC that aren’t answered here, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Media Specialist
Jordan joined the ReFrame Media team in 2018. She is passionate about using effective media and communication to help people experience God in their everyday life. As ReFrame’s Social Media Specialist, she helps our program producers connect with their audiences online and use social media to build community. Jordan enjoys summertime in Grand Rapids, Mich., and running, reading, and good vegan food.
Associate Director for Content Strategy
Robin Basselin joined ReFrame Media in 2008 as a Content Producer. In her current role, she leads ReFrame's content team and drives ministry-wide strategies. Robin enjoys exploring new ways to share God's truth and communicate the life-transforming message of the gospel.
Director of ReFrame Media
Rev. Koster oversees the production of various media and discipleship ministries. He and his team continue to develop new avenues for reaching English-speaking audiences throughout the world. He also speaks and writes about issues of media in worship.