Finding the Joke in Beautiful, Horrible People

We’re all beautiful, horrible people, and with both of these realities in mind we can ask, “What’s the joke?”

Pondering the Point of (Amazon’s) Forever

Why do we do the things we do, and what end do our lives serve?

Low’s Double Negative and the Beauty of Damage

Courageous artists remind us that earthly beauty is always damaged.

Iron Fist and the Cultivation of Humility

What is the corrosive, and addictive, nature of power? And how does one learn to wield it well?

Brett Kavanaugh, Willful Ignorance, and the Pop Culture of the 1980s

Movies like 9 to 5 belie Justice Kavanaugh’s notion that men of the ’80s had no choice but to conform to the patterns of the era’s most boorish comedies.

The Vocation of Parenthood

I did not choose to become a parent so much as I was made a parent by forces larger and greater than I could ever fathom or control.

When Cops Make Mistakes: Thinking through Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give reminds us to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.

Thanos the Maniac

Thanos is a maniac in the sense used by G. K. Chesterton in his classic work Orthodoxy.

Gen Z’s Biggest Legacy: Has Social Media Hacked a Generation?

Gen Z stumbled into social media blindly, but now we’re tasked with the responsibility of making sure that everything what happened to us doesn’t happen to our own kids.

Disney Sells Us an Idealized Derivative of Reality (and That’s Not All Bad)

The real Disney World—the physical space we enter—is an idealized derivative of imagined pasts, futures, and fantasies of the actual world.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and the Fragility of Hope

Did Mister Rogers die with his hope intact? Is hope itself fragile? Can it withstand life in America today?

For the Love of the Con: Finding Community among the Geeks

Wanting to connect was my reason to attend comic con that first time, but it cannot explain why I want to go back as much as I do.

Crazy Rich Asians and the Limits of Representation

If people of color are the only ones raising their voices and celebrating increased representation, then our collective forward progress will be minimal, indeed.

Hope for Henry Higgins: My Fair Lady in the #MeToo Era

In the #MeToo era, an ending like that in My Fair Lady could give us all hope that people can change—something we desperately need to remember.

YouVersion Bible Lens App: Mediating the Bible through Your Life

All of this mediation draws us away from the actual Word of God and toward our minds and an awareness of our public identity.

Lecrae x Zaytoven: Let the Trap Say Amen

But it’s not just talk and rapping; Lecrae uses his talents to aim at the hearts of men, even when people don’t understand his message.