Dorothy Parker’s Fearless Criticism Made Me a Better Writer (and a Better Person)

Dorothy Parker was far removed from my Christian comfort zone but her work helped me to find a voice of my own.

Oscar’s Biggest Flubs

There have always been awards given out for not-so-award-worthy reasons.

No More Monkeys

Celebrities don’t exist for the sole purpose of entertaining us. They are allowed to spout off with their opinions, just like regular human beings.

Gotta Dance: La La Land and Singin’ in the Rain Celebrate Calling and Creativity

It’s good to be reminded that when we find the thing we were made to do and learn to do it well, that can indeed bring incredible joy and fulfillment.

“An Odd Sort of Mercy”: Jen Hatmaker, Glennon Doyle Melton, and The End of the Affair

Is God’s definition of love restricting us from happiness or freeing us from the self-love that entangles us?

The False Gods of Rory Gilmore

After nine years, the Gilmore girls are back, and it turns out Rory still hasn’t grown up.

Three Films to Watch before You Vote (and One to Watch After)

Three movies to watch before you vote to help steel your nerves, and one movie to watch after you vote — to help wash away the stench of national politics.

Unborn Witness: An Unlikely Hero Pursues Justice in Ian McEwan’s Nutshell

The issues McEwan raises in this strange, brilliant novel provoke serious thought.

Loving My Prodigal Country

How, in the face of such divisiveness, rage, resentment, and hatred, does one go on loving the country where it’s all taking place?

Kind to Be Cruel: The Tragedy of Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins was surrounded by people who told her, wrongly, she could sing, and her life was stunted as a result.

Women Behaving Badly: What Miranda Lambert’s ‘Vice’ Is Really Telling Us

Country star Miranda Lambert gives us insight into sexual freedom for women: does it mean behaving as badly as men?

Austen Upside Down

Contemporary writer Curtis Sittenfeld gives Jane Austen a modern makeover, managing to miss the point of Austen’s work in the process.

Brilliant Lost Children: The Familiar Roots of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels

Ferrante writes about subjects that matter to Christians—home, family, friendship—with a significance that’s all the greater for its utter lack of sentimentality.

Confessions of an Opera Dunce

Even those of us who don’t understand high culture very well can splash around in the shallows.

Richard Gilmore: The Man Who Was There

The best men in our lives may not be the ones who conform to our specifications and fulfill our wildest dreams. They may be the ones like Richard Gilmore, who shows up and stays with us through it all.