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.

The Good Place Recap: Janet(s) (Season 3, Episode 10)

We are defined not just by who we are, but by who we are in relationship to one another.

The Good Place Recap: Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By (Season 3, Episode 9)

I too am obsessed with the psychology of do-gooders and how they help us understand the world we live in through their failed attempts at perfection.

The Good Place Recap: The Worst Possible Use of Free Will (Season 3, Episode 8)

D. L. Mayfield recaps the latest episode of The Good Place, “The Worst Possible Use of Free Will.”

The Good Place Recap: A Fractured Inheritance (Season 3, Episode 7)

D. L. Mayfield recaps the latest episode of The Good Place, “A Fractured Inheritance.”

The Good Place Recap: The Ballad of Donkey Doug (Season 3, Episode 6)

D. L. Mayfield recaps the latest episode of The Good Place, “The Ballad of Donkey Doug.”

The Good Place Recap: Jeremy Bearimy (Season 3, Episode 5)

D. L. Mayfield recaps and muses on the lastest episode of The Good Place, “Jeremy Bearimy.”

The Good Place Recap: The Snowplow (Season 3, Episode 4)

D. L. Mayfield recaps the latest episode of The Good Place, “The Snowplow”.

The Good Place Recap: The Brainy Bunch (Season 3, Episode 3)

My immediate thought after watching “The Brainy Bunch” is that The Good Place is starting to feel a little too normal.

The Good Place Recap: Everything Is Bonzer! (Season 3, Episodes 1 & 2)

D. L. Mayfield recaps the season three premiere of The Good Place, “Everything Is Bonzer!”

The Saint Who Baptized Herself in a Tank of Rabid Sea Lions

Having thus cheated death twice, you might think that Thecla would abandon Christianity in favor of staying alive, but of course you’d be wrong.

Why the John 3:16 “Rainbow Man” Is Serving Multiple Life Sentences

We all expect to have important, dramatic lives. We all think we’ll turn out to be heroes. We’re just like Rainbow Man.

No, Easter Isn’t Pagan, Either: A Very D-List Saints Holiday Sequel (The Gritty Reboot)

So, if Easter did coincide with an Anglo-Saxon feast to a goddess no one’s ever heard of—well, I mean, coincidences happen.

The Time Communion Wafers and Wine Turned into Bloody Human Remains

It’s called the “Miracle of Lanciano,” mostly because “Holy crap, we have bleeding human remains on the altar” isn’t particularly catchy.

How to Practice Virtue (by Chasing Hookers Away with Red-Hot Pokers)

The great thinkers of the Mediterranean have already identified the seven virtues and how you can acquire them! It doesn’t get much easier than that.

How the Founder of American Evangelicalism Was Felled by Dirty Magazines

In the end, it wasn’t being at odds with his board of elders that brought Jonathan Edwards down—it was dirty magazines. Because, isn’t it always dirty magazines?