Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers, an Invitation to Empathetic Discomfort

Perhaps Mbue’s purpose was to evoke in me just a tiny bit of the frantic sense of what it is to be an immigrant, to be fixated on a version of a dream that will never come true.

Timeline and the God in Time

Timeline is easy to learn, quick to play, and satisfies the human love of trivia.

What the Academy Award Best Picture Nominees Say about God, Faith, and Religion

This year’s Academy Awards best picture nominees each possess a particular way of understanding what it means to be human. They answer inquiries of vast religious significance. “Where are we going?” “How might human joy be obtained?” and “What does the nature of sacrifice entail for the world around us?”

In Hostiles, Our Worst Enemies Are Also Our Neighbors

Perhaps we don’t have arch-nemeses like Joe Blocker, or a “war bag full of reasons” to hate an entire people group, as he says he does in the film, but just by virtue of being human, our natural state toward each other is hostility.

Crying in Public: The Cost of Gawking at Tonya and Tammy Faye

We are the audience, with our endless appetite for scandal, standing around the woman at the well (or in this case the two women at the well), ready to throw stones.

No Laughing Matter: Funny Games and the Moral Implications of Our Entertainment

People can be, are, and indeed always have been entertaining, but people are never entertainment.

Lady Bird Offers Us an Antidote for Our Cultural Homesickness

Lady Bird invites us to consider the nature of our love and our roots in a time when the concepts are as nebulous and mishandled as ever.

Persuasion 122: Things We Didn’t Say in 2017

Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson talk about the things they didn’t talk about in 2017 to shed light on their recording decisions.

The Christ and Pop Culture 25 of 2017

A List of Our Favorite Things from 2017

Trauma, Failure, and Lingering Evil in Twin Peaks

Lynch offers a sort of witness bearing that is desperately needed in an age as numb and distracted as our own.

Steven Spielberg’s Cinema of the Sublime

Spiritual longing typifies Spielberg’s approach as a storyteller and may account for at least some of his blockbuster appeal.

Sin Demands a Reckoning in Thor: Ragnarok

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

Let Sufjan Stevens Help You Find Your “Christmas Unicorn”

Sufjan Stevens invites us to raise the mirror this Christmas and laugh to ourselves in all our absurdity: “I’m the Christmas unicorn . . . you’re the Christmas unicorn.”

When Christians Resort to Lazy Gender Stereotypes, Both Women and Men Suffer

We forget that the Church’s role is not to baptize toxic masculinity, but rather, to redeem true masculinity.

The Digital Art That Graces Our Lives: Boss Fight Books and the Need to Take Games Seriously

Boss Fight Books is a quirky, charming series that weaves together journalism, criticism, game theory, and often a heavy dose of memoir.

The Dissect Podcast Fills a Gaping Hole in Music Criticism

Dissect reminds us that we need critics who help us engage with art more deeply.