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.

Overcoming the Barrier: Loving Our Neighbors Through Subtitles

Christians are commanded to love our neighbors, but we cannot love people we make no effort to understand.

The One Ring of North Yorkshire and the Internet School of Cultural (il)Literacy

It’s in those moments that the internet feels like a good place to be—a place to reveal how a single story written by an English chap in the 1950s has touched and shaped thousands of lives for the better. 

The Good Place Finale: Death Is Bad, and Other Problems in the Afterlife

Why doesn’t the Good Place satisfy? It doesn’t satisfy because it’s an eternity of people getting literally anything they want—anything they can ask for or dream of or do—for the rest of all time.

1917’s “One-Shot” Narrative and the “Wayfaring Stranger”

In locking us into the perspective of one of these characters, 1917 ends up being a story that, through the artistry, reminds us that one life has value in the midst of millions.

Cracks in the Foundation: Lack of Narrative Vision in the Final Trilogy of the Skywalker Saga

Formulas are not the problem with The Rise of Skywalker, but we might say lack of formulaic vision for the whole trilogy.

Singing into the Darkness: How The Sound of Music Teaches Us to Rebuke Fear

How The Sound of Music can prepare us for Christmas.

Out of Apathy: The Transcendence of Morality in The Mandalorian

Stories that follow patterns like this show us that no one is really nonessential—they give us a sense that although the world is big, every person is important, no matter their birth, status, role, or function.

Droids, Docents, and Advent: Cultural Storytelling as Remembrance

Through stories and storytelling, we ask and examine the most basic questions about our humanity—about our loves, history, religion, philosophies, and more.