What the Academy Award Best Picture Nominees Say about God, Faith, and Religion

This year’s Academy Awards best picture nominees each possess a particular way of understanding what it means to be human. They answer inquiries of vast religious significance. “Where are we going?” “How might human joy be obtained?” and “What does the nature of sacrifice entail for the world around us?”

Persuasion 126: Lottery Dreams & Nightmares

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the life change that comes when you suddenly—and publicly—come into wealth.

The Harrowing Hope of This Is Us

The popular drama has shown me more meaningful ways to hope.

Sex in a Broken World by Paul Tripp, Free for CAPC Members

In Sex in a Broken World, Paul Tripp carefully and pastorally tries to show readers a much better way.

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.

Seeing and Believing 141: Julius Onah’s The Cloverfield Paradox and Paul King’s Paddington 2

It’s evil alternate dimensions and marmalade on this week’s show, as the guys review two films without much common ground: The Cloverfield Paradox and Paddington 2.

How the Founder of American Evangelicalism Was Felled by Dirty Magazines

In the end, it wasn’t being at odds with his board of elders that brought Jonathan Edwards down—it was dirty magazines. Because, isn’t it always dirty magazines?

Of Jordan Peterson and Cultural Action Heroes

We need to re-humanize our cultural villains and heroes.

In Hostiles, Our Worst Enemies Are Also Our Neighbors

Perhaps we don’t have arch-nemeses like Joe Blocker, or a “war bag full of reasons” to hate an entire people group, as he says he does in the film, but just by virtue of being human, our natural state toward each other is hostility.

ESV Illuminated Bible, Special Discount for CAPC Members

Our members get a discount this month on the ESV Illuminated Bible from Crossway.

I, Ashley: We’re Still Imposing the Harding-Kerrigan Narrative on Young Female Skaters

We can at least try to break our destructive judgments of public figures by remembering they are real human beings with feelings, minds, and agency of their own, and by leaving them a little room to surprise us.

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.

Is Neighborly Love Enough in The Good Place?

The Good Place is an exercise in thinking through how we relate to each other as neighbors and what responsibility we take toward intervening in a broken world.

Telling Stories of Strange Worlds: Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin describes what should be familiar to Christians but is too often strange: the significance and worth of the individual human soul.

Seeing and Believing 140: Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour and Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name

Wade and Kevin take care of the last two Best Picture nominees not to have gotten a review on the show so far: ‘The Darkest Hour’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name’.

The CAPC Digest 87: Lady Bird and Cultural Homesickness with Hal Koss

Drew and Tyler chat with Hal Koss about his recent article “Lady Bird Offers Us an Antidote for Our Cultural Homesickness.” We discuss the ultimately hopeful message of Lady Bird. We also chat about the impact our places of origin have had on us and the connection between love and attention.