Seeing and Believing 158: J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Gary Ross’s Ocean’s 8

Wade and Kevin decide to investigate whether Jurassic Word: Fallen Kingdom is a worthy successor to its ancestors. Then they decide to spend some time with some smooth criminals in the star-studded Ocean’s 8, in which Sandra Bullock leads a squad of thieves in – what else? – a daring heist.

A Cinematic Theology of the Cross: Despair and Hope in Paul Schrader’s First Reformed

At its core, First Reformed is about the perennial challenge of maintaining faith and hope in the midst of doubt and despair.

Pink’s ‘What about Us’ and the Cultural Cry for Honesty

Pink’s “What about Us” at its heart is a call for action; specifically, it’s a call for honesty.

Awe, Fear, and the Miraculous in the Jurassic Park Franchise

The real success of the Jurassic Park franchise lies not in a desire to see dinosaurs run amuck again and again, but in our desire to be shaken out of our lethargy and see something indescribably greater than ourselves.

Maybe Hollywood Needs a New Production Code to Protect Women

How did exploitation become the price that young women have to pay in Hollywood for using a God-given gift?

Persuasion 140: The Blame Game in Separating Families

Erin and Hannah discuss the way our public discourse has become about winning and sides rather than solving the crisis in separating families at our border. Is it possible for us to set politics aside?

Bread of Fellowship: A Review of The Reading Cure

God, the giver of all good gifts, didn’t just give us food—he also gave us other people to enjoy it with us and to help us learn to enjoy it again if need be.

God Is Stranger by Krish Kandiah, Free for CAPC Members

When we recognize how God is both strange and good, familiar and unfamiliar, and how the Bible is strange and true, we need not fear the “unhighlighted” portions of our Bibles, but read them with confidence.

Seeing and Believing 157: Brad Bird’s The Incredibles 2 and Morgan Neville’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

The guys tackle two family-friendly flicks on this week’s episode, as they review Brad Bird’s fourteen-years-in-the-making sequel to Pixar’s superhero smash The Incredibles 2.A fond return to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood is on the itinerary as well as Wade and Kevin discuss Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

RBG Is an Invitation to Love Our Political Neighbors

In RBG, West and Cohen offer a welcome salve for our society’s wounds, a celebration of Ginsburg as Ginsburg, irreducible to any political stance.

Christ and Pop Culture Summer 2018 Reading Guide

Here are some books we love and think you might, too.

Celebrate Juneteenth Like July Fourth, but Better

Juneteenth represents the day the whole of America was set on a trajectory of freedom and justice for all.

Persuasion 139: Why Twitter Cares about IHOP’s IHOb Campaign

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson assess the IHOP / IHOB’s failed online communication to a previous conversation discuss the need for better online engagement.

Seeing and Believing 156: Paul Schrader’s First Reformed and Ari Aster’s Hereditary

Spiritual warfare can take many forms, as shown by the two films on this week’s episode. First up is Wade and Kevin’s most anticipated film of the summer, First Reformed, followed by A24’s latest foray into horror: Ari Aster’s Hereditary.

When Your ‘Story’ Gets in the Way of Your Testimony: Lessons from Leslie Jamison’s The Recovering

Jamison’s book recommends the freedom that comes with simply admitting that we need help… like everybody else.

Hereditary Is a Masterful Meditation on the Horrors of Grief

In Hereditary, guilt is grief’s demonic cousin, and it often makes an unwelcome entrance in the midst of tragedy.