The Phantom Tollbooth and Redeeming the Power of Words

A first step in caring will often have to be an individual one—a diversifying of social media feeds, an invitation to conversation, a reading of a book.

Sheathing the Sword: Akira Kurosawa and the Virtue of Meekness

Though our society is not built atop a system of knights and warlords, the theme of “might makes right” permeates entertainment and politics, and painfully shapes the stories we hear on the nightly news.

CAPC Magazine, January 2018: Change Agents

Without change, without renewal, we die, sometimes from the inside out. Find some change agents inside this issue of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine.

Call for Pitches: Overcoming

Write for our digital magazine! Submit a pitch by 2/2 for a feature article on the theme of overcoming.

Walking in Joyce Byers’s Footsteps: Motherhood in a Stranger Things World

Joyce Byers—an axe-wielding woman who strings lights in the darkness to lead her son home and who knows when to let her son feel actual pain—is a paragon of motherhood.

Friends-giving Gives Everyone a Seat at the Table

For adults who don’t have a family of their own, Friends-giving is a trend that provides much-needed communion in the loneliness of the holidays.

The Spiritual Topology of Sleep Well Beast

The National’s latest, Sleep Well Beast, affirms that if heartbreak is particular to our times and places, to our own networks of relationships, then grace must be as well.

CAPC Magazine, December 2017: We Are Family (Sort Of)

How will you relate to your people this year? Get some ideas from this issue of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine.

A Supernatural Neighbor

The benevolence of the spirits in My Neighbor Totoro serves as a reminder that the spiritual realm—though mysterious and unlike our own—is not something to fear.

You Are Not Actually Reading This Right Now: The Paradox of the Mind, and Why I Wrote a Psychological Thriller

Fiction is what we turn to when we have nagging questions that we can’t quite put into more precise language.

Drawn to the Things That Frighten Us

There is something deeper that lingers in the human psyche—something more than the experience, or a twisted desire for evil—something that horror taps into and awakens.

God’s Hand in Bill Paxton’s Frailty

It’s shockingly awful and shockingly compelling as horror because Paxton’s character remains so upsettingly loving and so fatherly throughout, clearly, sincerely believing in the killing he’s doing.

Call for Pitches: Change from the Inside Out

Write for our magazine! Submit a pitch by 12/1 for a feature article on the theme of change from the inside out.

Local Ghosts

Even in the Hudson Valley, I think the larger appeal of Halloween is that our local ghosts can scare us, but we can, ultimately, domesticate them.

American Gods: A Pagan Enchantment Which Does Not Satisfy

What is it about the idea of things, powers, and beings beyond nature that draws people into these stories?

The Christological Vision of Pirates of the Caribbean

They made Pirates a supernatural story set in the “real world” that helps us to grasp the spiritual realities that those drowning in the real tend to deny.