Learning about Life, Love, and Dreams from La La Land and The Intern

La La Land embraces the tension of living on this side of heaven, calling us to face the difficulty head on and enjoy the ride.

The Island: A Longing to Be Real in a World of Inequality

Superstore is asking us to consider what it means to live in a divided country, to stop pretending like we can ever be all the same.

Willing to Wait for It

When we find ourselves in a period of limbo, needing to wait, we may reframe our situations to make us feel in control, but the truth is, we’re powerless.

Tearing Down the Statue of Liberty

Politically, I came of age in the mid-90s, and I have never forgotten the horror of Rwanda.

The Disabled Sainthood of Speechless

The show refuses to follow the “inspirationally disadvantaged” cliché found in lots of fiction that features disabled characters.

Survivolatry: American Darwinism via The Walking Dead

Although it’s fiction, The Walking Dead reaches into our nonfiction hearts and draws to the surface survivolatry we excuse in ourselves.

Beyond Otherness Is Where Friendship Begins

In contemporary U.S. society—as in Twain’s post-Civil War South, as in Le Guin’s 1960s culture war America—our shared humanity is dangerously easy to ignore.

Winning at Being the Worst: What the Razzies Teach Us about Creativity and Art

Full of armchair critics with penchants for lazy analysis, The Razzies stunt an audience’s ability to interact with movies instead of doing the good work of a critic.

A Land of Lost Sidekicks in Life, Animated

Life, Animated allows us to see how a family loves each other, though they were required to take a journey they hadn’t been expecting.

The Tragedy of Family Fences

Denzel Washington encapsulates and brings to life the character and embodiment of our own fathers with haunting authenticity. By playing one man so well, he plays millions.

Oscar’s Biggest Flubs

There have always been awards given out for not-so-award-worthy reasons.

You Can’t Skip Lament and Have a Happy New Year

Lament recognizes that we are pictures of the kingdom of God, not drawn to scale.

Will the Church Value Video Games in 2017?

Video games offer new and meaningful systems in which to craft and critique experiences.

Resolved: A Neighborly 2017

If the traditional American approach to dieting and exercise doesn’t help us tame our flesh, what will?

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

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

Wonder, Belief, and Buddy the Elf

We all long to be awed and to believe in something beyond ourselves.