The Crusaders Who Missed the Holy Land by a Couple Thousand Miles

The Crusades began with the medieval equivalent of drunk-texting an ex.

The Crumbling Chicken Church in Java

What does it mean when God gives you a dream—and then the dream dies?

The Christian Relic Nobody Wants to Talk About

The people of Calcata continued to parade through the streets with the prepuce every January 1 almost until Return of the Jedi hit theaters.

The Fake Kidnapping Scandal That Almost Destroyed a Megachurch Pioneer

It turns out church scandals and culture wars weren’t invented last week.

The LEGO Batman Movie as a Picture of Family

In The LEGO Batman Movie, Batman’s fears for his for friends’ and family’s safety prompt him to change, to acknowledge his need for them.

The Story of Those Little Communion Cups, Whatever Those Are Technically Called

Communion may be the moment where God and man meet face-to-face, which is cool and all, but yeesh, get on with it, God.

Girl Scout Cookies and Community

Girl Scout Cookies alone can’t change our culture’s vulgarity, but by the grace of Christ, communities can.

The Anabaptist Who Got His Junk Münster-Mashed

In Münster, there was general agreement they needed to be following the teachings of Christianity — the only problem was, whose version?

Project Runway Junior and Childlike Wonder

Project Runway Junior demonstrates a sense of play and wonder.

The Severed Puritan Head That Traveled the World

Like Oliver Cromwell, people have a tendency to become the things they hate.

Power Plays in Masterpiece’s Victoria

Can Jesus be with Queen Victoria as she struggles to find the right man in a court filled with uncles and male cousins who just want to control her?

Christmas and The Great British Bake Off

As I contemplate the end of the The Great British Bake Off as I know it and its intersection with the end of Christmas, I can’t help but think about the challenge of the Nativity.

Picwits and Getting Picked

Playing the game Picwits helps call me back to God, the one who knows us completely, who makes us whole.

‘Tis the Season for Self-Care

We can work ourselves to the bone trying to make this season meaningful, thereby leaching it of all its meaning.

Ruby Bridges and the Problem We All (Still) Live With

Ruby Bridges reminds us that hatred of God’s children cannot be anything but sinful, and we must be vigilant in confronting not just what we’ve done, but what we have left undone.

‘What Has Cast Such a Shadow upon You?’ Reading Benito Cereno after the Election

As my students and I discussed Herman Melville‘s “Benito Cereno” the text on Friday, many of them wept.