Hippocampus Press, Small Publishers, and the Full Library

Religious readers may find important insights in the dark corners explored by Hippocampus Press and other niche publishers of weird fiction.

Middleditch & Schwartz Prove That Life Is Improv

The life script we would produce with time and a writer’s room would leave out moments that produce hearty laughs, heaving sobs, and the sensations that lie between.

Carrot Bacon and the Art of Persuasion

There is little joy in many of our arguments, and yet, joy is the most compelling tool we have when we need to persuade.

Something New under the Sun: Hyper-Reality and Pornography

Christians can ignore hyper-real pornography to our peril, respond to it unwisely, or work to understand and countervail its sexual destruction that already is at work in our society and our churches.

The Last Dance: What We Got Right & Wrong about It All (Episodes 9 & 10)

We live in a world where superstars can be superstars filled with awe-inspiring athleticism and uncomfortable flaws, and antagonists can be understood without compromising our understanding of ethics. 

Symbols of Hope in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn teaches readers how to argue for hope’s existence.

No, There Isn’t a Global Satanic Cult That Ritually Abuses Millions of Children, but for a Long Time We All Really Wanted to Believe There Was

It’s not really a mystery why people yearn to believe bizarre and dramatic tales of evil: the actual truth about evil is that it’s mundane, pervasive, and unfixable, at least to us mortals.

Profound Grief Through Teen Eyes in Never Have I Ever 

What you will find in Never Have I Ever is a surprisingly profound look at grief through the eyes of teenagers.

The Last Dance: The Cost of Winning at All Costs (Episodes 7 & 8)

Amid all of Jordan’s anguish and aspersions, episodes 7 and 8 of The Last Dance helps us to better understand his drive for excellence.

Seeing and Believing 248 | Josh Trank’s Capone

Wade and Kevin get back to basics with a review of Josh Trank’s unconventional small-budget film examining the last year of the infamous gangster’s life.

The Umbrella Academy: Addicted to Love

The addiction that drives every member of the Umbrella Academy is the same which drives all of us—the desire to love and be loved

Rehearsing the Legends: Final Fantasy VII Remake and Why We Retell Stories

The Final Fantasy VII Remake does what many retellings fail to do; it reconciles the past with the future.

Persuasion 195 | Looking Ahead in a Viral Age

How do we live well in this ongoing (seemingly never-ending) viral age? Erin and Hannah discuss our new normal in the Growing Viral finale.

Grace for the Classzoom: Schooling in a Pandemic

In a pandemic, how can we foster the community so crucial for education?

Seeing and Believing 247 | 2020 Auteur Series – Wes Anderson

Wade and Kevin wrap up their auteur series with a look at the work of America’s foremost purveyor of immaculately framed family dysfunction: Wes Anderson.

Why Tulips Briefly Cost More Than Mansions

If you don’t have any sort of hope beyond death, the absurdity of everything tends to hit you hard. And then you end up doing stupid stuff, like betting the family farm on a bunch of tulips.