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Seeing and Believing 281 | Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah

Seeing & Believing closes out Black History Month with a review of Shaka King’s “Judas and the Black Messiah”.

The Utopian Peccadilloes of Star Trek: Lower Decks

The darker subtexts of Star Trek: Lower Decks point to the reality that, in a very real and metaphysical sense, there are no “little” sins.

WandaVision Recap: Shocking and Fantastic (Episode 7)

Wanda is no longer the picket fence housewife performing community magic shows. No. She’s the pajama-clad matriarch who knows her life is a mess.

Persuasion 211 | Universal Language, with James Beitler and Richard Gibson

Erin and Hannah invite James Beitler and Richard Gibson to discuss what we can do when the meaning behind our shared language shifts.

“Why Is Grace Now Civil Disobedience?” The Prophetic Politics of Five Iron Frenzy’s Until This Shakes Apart

Until This Shakes Apart collects Five Iron Frenzy’s most dynamic, urgent set of songs to date.

A Call to Bear Witness: Watching Russian Doll in the Time of COVID

Russian Doll speaks to the isolation and surreality of our pandemic moment.

Why Seventeenth-Century French Noblemen All Looked Like Grandmas

Giant, poofy white hair—something those of us alive today all associate with grandmas—somehow, for nearly a dozen generations, became a symbol of male power and virility. How did this happen?

WandaVision Recap: Unleash Hell, Demon Spawn! (Episode 6)

Pietro doesn’t mind if he leads Wanda back to the moral question of Westview, so long as she never acts on it. 

Persuasion 210 | Dust to Dust

Erin and Hannah talk about our tendency to press on with our plans until death disrupts us, and how we should be kind to all on the journey.

Seeing and Believing 280 | Simon Stone’s The Dig

Wade and Kevin dig into the film (heh) to examine themes of time, nature of life, and how the past can give meaning to the present and future.

A Tale of Two Gigs (and Two Gospels)

Those who eschew a revisionist view of Scripture around the issue of sex will be viewed as the “do-badders” and no longer the “do-gooders.”

WandaVision Recap: Growing Pains (Episode 5)

If Wanda really is in control, then that means she’s more powerful than we’ve ever realized.

Persuasion 209 | Finding Common Ground

Seasonal patterns, life stages, natural laws—things like these remind us that something greater is happening in the universe, regardless of our personal differences.

Lost and Found: The Tie that Binds (WandaVision to the MCU)

What is the thematic consistency that binds together all the stories of the MCU?

Being the Bad Guys by Stephen McAlpine, Giveaway for CAPC Members

Being the Bad Guys gives us the courage to admit our weaknesses so we can boast all the more of our Savior’s love.

1980 vs. 2020: Anxiety We Have Heard on High

Comparing 1980 and 2020 reveals how pop culture dramatizes our anxieties.