The Performers We’ve Lost and the Stories They Carried

The deaths of young celebrities lead to collective shock and grief because of the unique roles performers hold in society.

Smallville’s Storied Heroism

Or perhaps it would be better stated that Smallville explores how Clark Kent’s heroism isn’t in how he uses his powers, but in how he has to learn to lay his powers aside—over and over again.

Dream Smaller: The Faithful Obedience of Father Beocca

Too often “dream bigger” has been the mantra of Evangelicals, as if when Jesus spoke the Great Commission, what he really meant was, “Go big, or go home.”

Everything Is Not Okay: How Chernobyl Tells Our Story

Chernobyl has acted as a reminder to me that social media hasn’t made people crazy, paranoid, or stupid—people have always been willing to spread misinformation, lies, and conspiracies when it suits an agenda like a political or religious ideology.

How to Train Your Dragon: Revision, Restoration, and Edenic Longing

Even though How to Train Your Dragon should be a very silly story, sometimes very silly stories manage to say the very best things.

Children of Blood and Bone and the Importance of the Black Imagination in the West

Tomi Adeyemi’s success with Children of Blood and Bone is especially important for our cultural moment.

The Ickabog: A Fairy Tale and a Parable to Sear Our Consciences

I feel a searing of my own conscience as I read The Ickabog, especially in the context of events unfolding across America with the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests.

Don’t Wait to Engage with Black Stories

We must also educate ourselves, immersing ourselves in the stories and experiences of the Black communities and individuals in America.

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.

“Bye bye, Li’l Sebastian”: A Parks and Rec Special, A Farewell to Normalcy, and A Meeting of Old Friends

“A song about a miniature horse can be just what we all need right now.”

‘Loving Lifeless Things’: Virtual Reality and Deepfake Resurrections

How do we make sense of truth in a world where deepfakes are leaping from the big screen into our homes?

A Curation of Hope: Some Good News with John Krasinski

Because what is happening is so serious, Krasinski finds the light in the dark to give us hope. Some Good News is a curation of that hope, and that is a very needed thing right now.  

Everybody Loses: Tiger King, Greek Tragedy, and Spectacle as Entertainment

If you enjoy watching powerful and manipulative people subjugate vulnerable people (and animals) to fulfill their own pleasure, then maybe you should take a step back and examine yourself.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Social Distancing and Storytelling During the Pandemic

Many of us use humor as a defense mechanism when things go dark, but Waititi seems to use humor as joy-finding—a way of mining light out of dark ore.

Sacred Endurance by Trillia Newbell, Free for CAPC Members

Newbell has the practical life experience and theological foundation to unpack what it means to run a race with endurance, and why the Bible so frequently utilizes this metaphor. 

#middlegrademarch, Reading Challenges, and Our Superabundance of Choice

A reading challenge can be just the pause we need to stop and consider which books in our collections contain truth and goodness—which are told in a beautiful way.