Walking in Joyce Byers’s Footsteps: Motherhood in a Stranger Things World

Joyce Byers—an axe-wielding woman who strings lights in the darkness to lead her son home and who knows when to let her son feel actual pain—is a paragon of motherhood.

Cultivating Sympathy: A Christmas Prince and a Netflix Faux Pas

Those who are lonely during this season don’t need to be mocked or called out or even lightly teased for their viewing habits.

Rogue One: An Advent Story

Advent is a season to reflect on the hope of Christ’s coming, a season to practice how not to be complacent, the very thing we see in Rogue One.

Sin Demands a Reckoning in Thor: Ragnarok

On whose graves, and whose suffering, is our greatness built?

Blade Runner 2049: Exploring Creation, Subcreation, Procreation, & Personhood

As we move forward into a “brave new world,” we have to wrestle with the questions posed in Blade Runner 2049.

Cultural Crucibles and Stories That Help Us See

Crucibles like the hurricanes, mass shootings, and white supremacist rallies rocking our soil tend to define the cultural identity of a people.

‘It’s Not about Deserve’: Truth, Pity, and a Deeper Magic in Wonder Woman

We crave heroes like Wonder Woman who give undeserved mercy to those who deserve destruction.

It’s Not About You: Doctor Strange and the Dichotomy of Self

It’s not about us. And we think too little of ourselves.

A Dialogue with Death

Dystopian stories must be told because when humanity tries to create Eden, Death follows.