Cultural Crucibles and Stories That Help Us See

Crucibles like the hurricanes, mass shootings, and white supremacist rallies rocking our soil tend to define the cultural identity of a people.

‘Sit with Me’: Currents of Grief in Wind River

When systems have failed and injustice abounds, will I turn away from those left in the wake of grief, unable to abide their pain if I cannot fix it, or will I offer them my presence, quiet and alongside?

What The Sound of Music Reveals about Our Flawed Character(s)

Engaging stories as a Christian means I don’t just cheer for the hero, but I consider what the flawed characters—and even the villains—reveal about myself.

Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! Gives Us the Weak, Ineffectual God We Think We Want

The most heartbreaking part of this deeply disturbing film is that Aronofsky’s vision of God hardly varies from that of most Christians.

Roses from Concrete: The Irrepressible Spirit of the Ladies of Step

How do we make music during the difficult seasons of life and have joy and hope amid injustice, chaos, and brokenness? Step shows us.

Stand by Me and the Magic of Summertime Questing

Stand by Me takes viewers along on a quest that encapsulates coming of age; deep, transforming friendship; and the possibilities of a “summertime kind of life.”

Nobody Speak Presents a Media Narrative Bought by Billionaires

​The most compelling ​places​ ​in​ ​Nobody Speak ​are​ ​those​ ​that reveal the deep vulnerabilities of ​powerful people.

The Trip to Spain Serves Up Laughter with a Side of Mortality

Brydon and Coogan carry with them the burden of personal significance, both on their trip and at home.

No Wrong Men: Alfred Hitchcock on Our Shared Sin Nature

For Hitchcock, innocence and guilt were perhaps not always as far apart as they might appear.

Jim Carrey’s I Needed Color Offers a Hopeful Challenge to 2017’s Despair

What if we followed Carrey’s lead and aimed to celebrate certain aspects of our common human experience for the sake of love?

Dirty Dancing and Shrugging off the Dance Floor

My tears at Dirty Dancing stem from all that I’ve been told about being single.

Redeeming Princess Culture

Whether Disney or its critics realize it, Christian virtues and gospel themes abound in these princess films.

Theories of Life, Death, and Afterlife in The Discovery

The Discovery from Netflix explores what could happen if the afterlife offers humans a fresh start on this life.

Guardians, Bellas, and Ruth: All That Sisterhood Can Achieve

A fair representation of women in entertainment would include positive aspects of sisterhood, encouraging women to pursue healthy sisterhood in their own lives.

Oikos and Idolatry in Spider-Man: Homecoming

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, the villain Adrian Toomes represents a disturbingly plausible version of a very natural human tendency: the idolization of family.

George A. Romero Made Horror What It Is Today

For all their lack of subtlety, zombies dramatize many of our deepest inner conflicts.