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Our 10 Favorite Faith and Culture Moments of 2022

Our 10 Favorite Faith and Culture Moments of 2022

From celebrity conversion stories to awe-inspiring conversations about forgiveness, surprising music drops to surprising cameos, here’s 10 of our favorite moments of 2022.

10. Stephen Colbert and Anderson Cooper’s Conversation About Grief Was Spot On

On Anderson Cooper’s podcast All There IsLate Night host Stephen Colbert opened up about how he’s learned to embrace and even come to love his grief.

“It’s a gift to exist, and with existence comes suffering,” Colbert said. “There’s no escaping that, but if you are grateful for your life, then you have to be grateful for all of it. You can’t win against grief because you’re the one doing it to you. Grief itself is a natural process that has to be experienced.”

You can see more of their conversation here.

9. Adam McKay Shared a Message With the Church

In our spring issue of RELEVANT, Don’t Look Up director Adam McKay sat down with us to discuss how his latest film had an important message for the Church.

“I would say this to anyone who has faith — which I do. I have faith — I would say that’s a gift from a higher power: The idea that we’re able to imagine things in the future, that we were given this gift of thought and understanding.

8. Chris Pratt Gets Real About His Faith

Back in June, Chris Pratt shared that he’s “not a religious person.” At first we were shocked to hear this, but he later clarified he does believe in God — he just rejects the “religious” label.

“I think there’s a distinction between being religious — adhering to the customs created by man, oftentimes appropriating the awe reserved for who I believe is a very real God — and using it to control people, to take money from people, to abuse children, to steal land, to justify hatred. Whatever it is. The evil that’s in the heart of every single man has glommed on to the back of religion and come along for the ride,” Pratt said.

Well said, Mario.

7. Kendrick Lamar Said His Album Came From Asking ‘God to Speak Through Me’

Kendrick Lamar’s long album, Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers, dropped in the spring, and it was full of his usual themes of inner conflict, self doubt and ultimate reliance on faith and family are all there. It’s a masterful double album that weaves together the story of a man trying wrestling with who he wants to be and who he feels like he needs to be, something many others can relate to.

6. Eminem Had the No. 1 Christian Song in America

Eminem shocked everyone when he not only joined DJ Khaled and Kanye West for “Use Your Gospel, (REMIX),” but also when that song hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Singles chart. We can confidently say that this was never on our 2022 Bingo card.

5. Lizzo’s Apology Was a Masterclass In Taking Ownership and Making Things Right

One of the biggest moments of our year was witnessing Lizzo show us exactly what forgiveness and reconciliation should look like. After fans called her out for using a derogatory word in her song “Grrrls,” the pop artist took to Twitter to not only apologize and ask for forgiveness, but also shared that she took her fans hurt to heart and would making things right. It was a seemingly small action that had a major impact.

4. David Crowder’s House Was Used for the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday’ Special

David Crowder couldn’t wait to tell us something he’d been keeping to himself for months: his house was the backdrop for the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. Crowder shared with us how this magical Marvel moment came to be, and it’s crazier than you think.

3. ‘The Chosen’ Stunned Hollywood With Stronger-Than-Expected Box Office

Back in November, a theatrical screening of The Chosen Season 3: Episodes 1 & 2 exceeded Hollywood expectations at the box office by pulling in an estimated $8.2 million over the weekend. It was the second most watched new release of the week, proving that audiences are looking for strong, faith-based content.

2. Dua Lipa and Stephen Colbert’s Conversation About the Intersection of Faith and Comedy Became a Must-Watch

Stephen Colbert could probably take up this whole list, but there was one moment from The Late Night that truly stood out above them all. In February, Dua Lipa flipped the script and asked Colbert some questions, including how his faith and comedy intersect. Colbert’s response was thoughtful, insightful and full of humorous wisdom that only he can provide.

1. M.I.A. Shared How She Found Jesus

For our fall issue cover story, we sat down with legendary artist M.I.A. to hear the beautiful story of how she came to find faith in Jesus. She spoke candidly about the time of her conversion and how she’s been figuring everything out since then.

“In my time of need, the God that turned up to save me was not Shiva. It was Jesus,” she said. “That is the truth, and I have to say that.”

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