The Vow: Stories of Truth and Deception

The thing about lies is that eventually they have to give out. No matter how badly liars want truth to be relative—it isn’t.

Christian Storytelling and the Upsidedown Shadowlands

“Further up and further in” is an imaginary concept, informed by legend and myth, and also Scripture. These are invitations for all to partake in bigger experiences, conversations, joy, and peace.

Enola Holmes and the Goodness of Telling Old Stories from New Perspectives

What I love about the creation and inclusion of the Enola character is how much she makes sense in the Holmes family and how much she adds to the ethos of the story. 

“Wayward Ted”: Celebrating the Fruit of the Spirit in Ted Lasso

In a time when winning has become the ultimate morality, and the struggle to gain and maintain power has turned otherwise absolute standards of goodness into subjective opinion in the eyes of so many, we all need more of what Ted Lasso is dishing out. 

Cuties Isn’t the Problem: Our Cultural Addiction to the Sexualization of Minors 

Cuties is the product of perverse people who are perverse consumers who drive a capitalistic structure to give us what we want.

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?