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Seeing and Believing 254 | Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Truth and David Dobkin’s Eurovision Song Contest

This week we review Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Truth and the Will Ferrell comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

Run the Jewels’ “Ooh LA LA” Video Imagines Parties Instead of Protests

Though Run the Jewels’ vision of a world that is not dominated by division and greed might be imperfect, it is a vision of hope.

Funny Beliefs 3 | Beautiful, Horrible People

What can we joke about? How far is too far? Our answers tend to be personal, which makes it hard to discuss why some humor is offensive.

How a Global Pandemic Exposes Our Desire for Authority

COVID-19 forces us to ask, who deserves authority and how is that authority granted?

“I Am Not the One Who Can Forgive”: The Quarry and the Hopefulness of Violent Grace

The Quarry suggests that the awareness of our own sinfulness violently awakens us to our need for a new life.

Seeing and Believing 253 | Jon Stewart’s Irresistible and a Retro Review of Jaws

We look at the latest cinematic political satire from former Daily Show host Jon Stewart and celebrate the 45th birthday of Jaws with a retro review.

Funny Beliefs 2 | Creators and Cultivators

Behind each laugh is a lot of work. What is the work of humor, and what does that mean for us as we create and cultivate our own laughs?

McCarthyism Was Driven by a Lot of Bluster, Paranoia, and Hearsay, Which for Legal Purposes Is a Fact Unrelated to the Present Political Moment

These hearings, like everything McCarthy had done up to this point, were fueled mainly by McCarthy’s desire to further his own career.

The Ickabog: A Fairy Tale and a Parable to Sear Our Consciences

I feel a searing of my own conscience as I read The Ickabog, especially in the context of events unfolding across America with the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests.

Trope Alert: The Real Virus Is Sin

The video makes it harder, not easier, for watching Christians to envision how their faith calls them to engage with the surrounding world in a time of crisis.

Believing What We Want: Conspiracy Theories and the Gospel

Our hearts, bodies, and minds need to desire the right things, so that when we are confronted with information that plays on alternate desires and fears we are not persuaded.

Seeing and Believing 252 | Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island

Funny Beliefs 1 | Relief

Comedians and late-night hosts have been pausing the jokes to sincerely address events and issues. This raises some interesting questions about humor.

The Surprising Blessing of Steak-umm Twitter

Steak-umm has dramatically subverted our expectations of advertisers’ behavior, winsomely reminding us of our interconnections and shared humanity in an environment that thrives only by desensitizing us to that reality.

Seeing and Believing 251 | Netflix’s Space Force and Josephine Decker’s Shirley

Buckle up for terrible space puns asWade and Kevin tackle Space Force, and go on a voyage into the mind of famed writer Shirley Jackson.

Humor and Humility in the Music of Father John Misty

No matter his graphic language, depression-stoked benders, and religious satire, Father John Misty still orbits Christianity with a gravity he can’t escape.