Captain Marvel and the Importance of Telling Female Hero Stories

Women and girls must know they can be agents of change—that their voices are as loud and as true, their strength and dedication just as valued and valuable, as their male counterparts.

“In that enchanted place”: Stories and Permanence in an Impermanent World

The timelessness of stories reflects our longing for an existence unmarred by death.

To ‘Look Foul and Feel Fair’: Tolkien’s Influence on a Romantic YA Trope

Hope is one of the main reasons adult readers flock to YA books despite being “aged out” of the target audience.

What Is Masculinity? Gillette’s Challenge to Men in the Era of #MeToo

The Gillette ad can remind us that the outward trappings of “manliness” are not what God counts as good.

The Goodness of Community in the Stories of Michael Schur

I’m always happy to find stories that acknowledge the difficulty of living in community with others and show how we can live out (even in stumbling ways) manners of living peaceably with all.

Storied: The Compelling Hopefulness of Sad Stories

The catharsis of a sad story is the catharsis of a life lived in expectation that it is not now okay, but it will be okay someday.

On the Tenth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Ten Supers Saving

In some ways, we all face a battlefield of minute, infinitesimally important choices every day, for good and evil.

George Bailey at the Bridge: The Costly Virtue of It’s a Wonderful Life

If we’re not willing to give of ourselves for the communities in which God has placed us, what will be the cost of the absence of our virtue?

First, Man: The Neil Armstrong Our Nation Needs

He was the first man to walk on the moon, but he was a man first, along with all the foibles that come with manhood.

Daredevil Season 3: The Redemption of Matt Murdock and the Devil Inside

Daredevil season 3 is a warning against the devil that lies within us all, the prowling lion that seeks to destroy. It is a proclamation that life and death are spiritual matters. But it is also a promise of redemption for those who seek.

Iron Fist and the Cultivation of Humility

What is the corrosive, and addictive, nature of power? And how does one learn to wield it well?

Fantasy vs. Reality through the Lens of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

The beautiful thing about intentionality is that when you reach out, you just might find that people reach back.

Connection, Consolation, and the Power of Being Known in Netflix’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This desire, this need, to be known and loved is instilled in all of us. It’s God-given, and it draws us to God.

Luke Cage and the Problem of Compelling Villains

When the villains are the most compelling part of your story, then the story ultimately becomes all about villainy.

Let the (Big) Children Come Unto Me: On Harry Potter, Young Adult Literature, and Learning to Love Your Audience

I discovered, as I imagine J. K. Rowling did at some point, that to love teenagers is to write them as they are—not as we wish they would be.

Family Matters in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp

In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Marvel reveals the importance of intact families—wherever we might find them.