Local Ghosts

Even in the Hudson Valley, I think the larger appeal of Halloween is that our local ghosts can scare us, but we can, ultimately, domesticate them.

American Gods: A Pagan Enchantment Which Does Not Satisfy

What is it about the idea of things, powers, and beings beyond nature that draws people into these stories?

The Christological Vision of Pirates of the Caribbean

They made Pirates a supernatural story set in the “real world” that helps us to grasp the spiritual realities that those drowning in the real tend to deny.

A Priest for All Seasons: Murder, Mystery, and Contentment in Father Brown and Grantchester

As a practicing Catholic, I know that confession must occur even in the summertime, when the confessional booth is stuffy and both priest and penitent are itching to be elsewhere.

The Kingdom of God Is Like a Sticky Movie Theater Floor and a Neighborhood Concert

When people are wary of the church, these places show us what community can be: parties, music, good food, experiencing a good story, and the careful art of negotiating communal relationships.

Shedding Summer Skin

The nostalgia, wistfulness, and ache that Death Cab conjures up in the hearts of listeners is like no other.

Wisdom in the Summer Garden

Unlike the pitcher, the gardener cannot rely on her own strength to get her very far. Can she, after all, cause a seed to sprout?

Stand by Me and the Magic of Summertime Questing

Stand by Me takes viewers along on a quest that encapsulates coming of age; deep, transforming friendship; and the possibilities of a “summertime kind of life.”

Our Beloved Stories of Summer

Revisiting good fiction—while by no means a replacement for Scripture—can become a vital part of the Christian life.

American Ninja Warrior: Villains Need Not Apply

The real joy of shows like American Ninja Warrior comes from the simple delight of watching people who are good at something do the something they are good at.

Rapper NF: The Face of Relevant Christian Rap

The phenomenon of NF’s painful but real music can’t be ignored.

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.