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We are truth-seekers. Crossroads: Faith and Culture Project highlights aspects of popular culture and explores culture’s relationship with the Christian faith. Join us!

Crossroads: Faith and Culture Project

The Faith and Culture Project recognizes the powerful medium of the popular arts as a revelation of the realities of the human condition including its beauty and truth by seeking to engage with popular culture, and to discern the positive and negative messages woven within culture and how those messages relate to the Christian faith. Each year, Crossroads explores either music, film, or literature.


2014 Crossroads Schedule

This year’s theme: Film


Friday, October 17

9:00 p.m. – Pre-Crossroads Film Viewing and Discussion: Transcendence (2014)*MSB 110

Facilitated by Stephen Milliken and Becky Vanderzee


Brian Chan (small)Monday, October 20

10:00 a.m. – Convocation, Crossroads Session 1 Presenter: Dr. Brian Chan* – Gaither Chapel

“God in Culture: Common Grace, Jesus and Harry Potter” (Acts 17:16-30)


Tuesday, October 21

12:00 p.m. – Crossroads Session 2: Lunch Roundtable with Dr. Brian Chan* – Howerton Dining Hall

Hosted by Honors Program; all students are invited and welcome to attend.


7:00 p.m. – Crossroads Session 3: Film Viewing and Discussion: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)* – MSB 110

Facilitated by Dr. Brian Chan and David Taylor

Thematic Emphasis: “How We Deal with Brokenness: analyzing the heroes and villains of The Dark Knight Rises”


Wednesday, October 22

10:00 a.m. – Chapel, Crossroads Session 4 Presenter: Dr. Brian Chan* – Gaither Chapel

“Illuminated Moments” (Dan 1:3-9,17; 2:23)


Thursday, October 23

8:00 p.m. – Crossroads Session 5 Film Viewing and Discussion: Doubt (2008)* – MSB 110

Facilitated by Professor Callan White-Hinman


*All events with asterisk will have convo credit available for students who stay for duration of educational event.

MSB 110: All film viewings and follow-up discussions will take place in the Morgan Science Building room 110.


Past Crossroads Speakers

Lisa Coutras

Ms. Lisa Coutras served as the keynote presenter for our Fall 2012 series focus on literature. Lisa is a writer, illustrator, and theology scholar. Her central interest pertains to the relationship of theology to the imagination. She published her first novel at age 16, and went on to study creative writing and philosophy as an undergraduate at fellow CCCU institution, Houghton College. In addition, Lisa holds a Master of Theology degree from the University of Oxford, and is currently entering the dissertation phase of her PhD program at King’s College London. Her research focus is the Narrative Theology of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, under the guidance of Professor Alister McGrath. For more information about Lisa, her website can be accessed at: http://www.lisacoutras.com

Dr. Charlie Starr

Dr. Charlie W. Starr teaches English, Humanities, and Film at Kentucky Christian University in Eastern Kentucky where he also makes movies with his students and family. He writes a monthly column on Christians and the Arts and Media for Lookout magazine and has published four books: two biblical studies books, a science-fiction novel, and, most recently, a children’s book entitled King Lesserlight’s Crown. Charlie has published several scholarly and popular articles on C. S. Lewis, especially on Lewis and film. His essay, “The Silver Chair and the Silver Screen” is the lead chapter in the book Revisiting Narnia, and he has made contributions to pop-culture anthologies on King Kong, The X-men, Lost, Battlestar Galactica and Halo. Besides writing for print, Charlie has acted as a consultant, writer, actor and/or producer on over a dozen short film projects, three of which were accepted as official entries to film festivals across the nation.

Charlie enjoys writing, reading classic literature, watching bad television, and movies of every kind. His areas of expertise as a teacher include literature, film, and all things C. S. Lewis. 

Josh Jackson

The fall 2010 keynote presenter was founder and senior editor of Paste Magazine, Mr. Josh Jackson. Josh Jackson shared in chapel as well in addition to participating in a question and answer time that presented an opportunity to hear about how Josh’s career has developed from his academic major in college to being a journalist, founder of a magazine, and now editor. 

Derek Webb

The 2010 Crossroads: Faith Culture Project event featured recording artist, Derek Webb.

David Dark

David was the 2009 Crossroads: Faith and Culture Project keynote speaker. He is also the author of The Sacredness of Questioning EverythingEveryday Apocalypse: The Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, The Simpsons, and Other Pop Culture Icons and The Gospel According To America: A Meditation on a God-blessed, Christ-haunted Idea



Ken Heffner

Ken Heffner, our 2007 guest lecturer, regularly speaks at CCCU institutions such as Taylor University, Messiah College, and Wheaton College. He is the Director of the Festival of Faith and Music at Calvin College and has served as Director of Student Activities at Calvin College since 1994. During his time there, he has brought in noteworthy CCM artists such as Caedmon’s Call, Jars of Clay, and Sandra McCracken as well as mainstream artists as diverse as Sufjan Stevens, Nickel Creek, Bruce Cockburn, Dave Matthews, Jeff Tweedy, Emmylou Harris, Mute Math, and more.

Ken served as the Director of Student Activities at Wheeling Jesuit University from 1987-1994 and was a freelance journalist and independent producer for WDUQ, a NPR radio affiliate in Pittsburgh from 1980-1987. Prior to these experiences, he served on staff with The Coalition for Christian Outreach from 1976-1980 and graduated from Grove City College in 1976 with a BA degree in History and Religion.