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The Comic World as We Know It, Thanks to Stan Lee (1922–2018)

Perhaps his greatest legacy will be that he never treated comics and superheroes as mere disposable entertainment.

Seeing and Believing 176: An Interview with Steve McQueen, Plus Reviews of Wildlife and Overlord

It’s a Thanksgiving feast, Seeing & Believing offers up an interview with director Steve McQueen, reviews of two films: Wildlife and Overlord.

Slow Burn Reveals Our Historical Blind Spots

More than anything, Slow Burn reminded me of one of evangelicals’ (and Americans’) greatest blind spots: our own history.

Finding the Joke in Beautiful, Horrible People

We’re all beautiful, horrible people, and with both of these realities in mind we can ask, “What’s the joke?”

Persuasion 152 | Live Talk

Our digital age allows us to handle a lot of life devoid of live, in-person conversation. We simply don’t need to converse with each other face to face.

The Good Place Recap: The Worst Possible Use of Free Will (Season 3, Episode 8)

D. L. Mayfield recaps the latest episode of The Good Place, “The Worst Possible Use of Free Will.”

Seeing and Believing 175: Orson Welles’s The Other Side of the Wind and Lasse Halstrom/Joe Johnston’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Christmas came early this year with Orson Wells’ unfinished The Other Side of the Wind, and Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Pondering the Point of (Amazon’s) Forever

Why do we do the things we do, and what end do our lives serve?

Daredevil Season 3: The Redemption of Matt Murdock and the Devil Inside

Daredevil season 3 is a warning against the devil that lies within us all, the prowling lion that seeks to destroy. It is a proclamation that life and death are spiritual matters. But it is also a promise of redemption for those who seek.

Persuasion 151 | Church Talk, with C. Christopher Smith

Can the church lead the way in restoring the art of good conversation? C. Christopher Smith joins Persuasion to cast a grander vision for our church talk.

The Good Place Recap: A Fractured Inheritance (Season 3, Episode 7)

D. L. Mayfield recaps the latest episode of The Good Place, “A Fractured Inheritance.”

Transcendent Narrative in the Age of Hacking

Is free will just an artifice of Christian theology, not a scientific reality?

Low’s Double Negative and the Beauty of Damage

Courageous artists remind us that earthly beauty is always damaged.

Persuasion 150 | Tech Talk

Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Talking about Talk series discussing the pros and cons of technical speech in our conversational bubbles.

The Good Place Recap: The Ballad of Donkey Doug (Season 3, Episode 6)

D. L. Mayfield recaps the latest episode of The Good Place, “The Ballad of Donkey Doug.”

Seeing and Believing 174: David Gordon Green’s Halloween and Lee Chang-dong’s Burning

Get into the Halloween spirit with a review of David Gordon Green’s sequel/reboot of John Carpenter’s classic Halloween and foreign film, Burning.