Slow Burn Reveals Our Historical Blind Spots

More than anything, Slow Burn reminded me of one of evangelicals’ (and Americans’) greatest blind spots: our own history.

The Bible, Explained

When we continue feeding our desire for easy answers, we lose the ability to approach complexity with the appropriate tools.

Leave No Trace and the Struggle to Leave Behind the Fears of Our Parents

As Leave No Trace teaches us, we’ve all been given lenses tinted by unhealthy fears because we live in a broken world that inflicts varying degrees of trauma on everyone.

Ben Myers’s The Apostles’ Creed Reminds Us of Our Roots

When we recite an ancient creed, we aren’t just reminded of our roots but of our current connection to a global church.

Finding the Church in the Horror Masterpiece A Quiet Place

Instead of viewing each other as only possessing weaknesses to be overcome, in A Quiet Place the Abbott family reminds us that our weaknesses can make each other stronger, and the strength of community is only possible because of its vulnerability.

Paige Patterson Counsel Abounds When Women Aren’t Given a Seat at the Theological Table

If we are not listening, if we are not in community with people of color, women, the poor, the disabled, and the marginalized, we are guaranteed to make theological errors.

Annihilation Reveals the Dark Side of Vulnerability

Annihilation teaches us, among other things, that sometimes our confession is more cathartic than redemptive.

Why Do Christians Respond So Poorly to Tragedies Like the Parkland School Shooting?

Instead of dealing with tragedies like Parkland, Christians quickly spiritualize the issue in an effort to abstract the material reality away.

Subtweeting Our Righteousness before Men

We pull quotes out of context to justify or support any argument, often with little care to how the larger narrative (of Scripture or of Dr. King’s life and work) would help us interpret the one little snippet we want to use.

The Church Must Offer the World More Than Mere Authenticity

The Church has a profound gift for a world hungry for true authenticity: consistent convictions about truth.

When Christians Resort to Lazy Gender Stereotypes, Both Women and Men Suffer

We forget that the Church’s role is not to baptize toxic masculinity, but rather, to redeem true masculinity.

Mindhunter Spots the Evil Inside Us All

Instead of showing us how the good guys can go bad, Mindhunter wonders if maybe the good guys have been just as evil all along.

Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! Gives Us the Weak, Ineffectual God We Think We Want

The most heartbreaking part of this deeply disturbing film is that Aronofsky’s vision of God hardly varies from that of most Christians.

Nobody Speak Presents a Media Narrative Bought by Billionaires

​The most compelling ​places​ ​in​ ​Nobody Speak ​are​ ​those​ ​that reveal the deep vulnerabilities of ​powerful people.

GLOW: Self-Help Empowerment or Exploitation in Disguise?

That’s the problem at the heart of both GLOW and many modern forms of promoting “women’s empowerment”: it’s false advertising.

Politics as Entertainment, Then and Now

There’s a long history that’s given us the expectation that our politics should entertain us.