The Case for POP: U2’s Forgotten Dance Record

U2’s POP is about faith’s fragility amidst the noise, confusion, and chaos that come when you realize your ideology isn’t going to change the world.

An Interview with Propaganda

Learn more about the creativity, church life, and career of Propaganda.

Kendrick Lamar’s Real God

Kendrick’s darkest fear was not that there is no God, but that Kendrick would deny the Great I Am.

Guardians, Bellas, and Ruth: All That Sisterhood Can Achieve

A fair representation of women in entertainment would include positive aspects of sisterhood, encouraging women to pursue healthy sisterhood in their own lives.

The Sisterhood of St. Joan

In the real-life person of St. Joan of Arc, we find someone who is both thinking and doing.

Insecure and the Need for More Authentic Friendships

We need friends who stretch us, who are willing to help us face hard truths about ourselves, and who love us enough to tell us when we are wrong.

RWBY and Leading with Contagious Joy

We want to build a sisterhood like RWBY, one that spreads seeds of its joyful community elsewhere or looks for it in others.

A Good Life, a Good Death, and Good-Bye

The longer we live, the more losses we accrue. It doesn’t get easier. There is no ideal life.

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.