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Culture Matters Roundup 11.11.16

Author: The Village Church Category: Culture

1. Election Day 2016

The big news this week is, of course, the presidential election. The Atlantic live-blogged throughout the day on Tuesday, from Hillary and Donald casting their votes to the “I Voted” stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s grave to Trump’s first tweet the morning after his victory.

2. “I Voted” Stickers Explained

Vox published this interesting little article about the history and purpose behind those “I Voted” stickers you often get at the polls. Whether or not they make a difference in voter turnout, the companies producing the stickers are certainly making a profit.

3. Baseball History

Mark Mellinger writes at The Gospel Coalition about how the Cubs’ victory in last week’s World Series provides just a small glimpse at the greater glory of God.

As John Calvin said, all of creation contains “sparks of God’s glory.” Those sparks can certainly be found in baseball.

4. Family Game Night

Erin Wyble Newcomb writes at Christ and Pop Culture about the joys and benefits of family game nights. She notes how teamwork and togetherness are emphasized through their play, lessons that carry over into other aspects of life.

Like the rituals of the church, our familial liturgy reminds us who we are and where we’ve come from and what we value, not to mention who we want to become.

5. Four Portraits of Power

People seek power through strength, beauty, wealth and charisma. In this article, Jen Wilkin explores the implications of seeking these things to glorify self or to glorify God.

Jesus was rejected by the Jews in large part because he didn’t use power as they’d expected. Or as they’d hoped.

6. Emojination

Who knew the little pictures in our text messages and Instagram captions were so complicated? This New York Times article gives the reader a glimpse into Emojicon, a three-day convention held in San Francisco that’s all about emoji.

Any texter who wants to propose a new emoji for review must first navigate Unicode’s labyrinthine website, submit an academic-style paper arguing the case and ultimately gain the approval of representatives from a pool of tech companies — including Apple, Google, Adobe, Oracle and the German software company SAP — that pay $18,000 each in annual dues for the right to vote on characters.