Soul Music and the Obviousness of God

And that’s real soul music. It assumes God is within the reality of life—all of your life. Dancing and dating are in the same universe as politics and poetry—this is all God’s world, anyways.

What Do We Owe Each Other While We Wait for The Good Place?

In essence, “What are my rights?” is private and individual. “What do we owe one another?” is personal and communal. It’s to shift from “What do I deserve?” to “What is best for us?”

Out of Many, One: What Jane the Virgin Can Teach Us about Immigration

We’ve forgotten (or refuse to see) that we are better because of our diversity, because we are a nation of immigrants, and because our collective experiences make us stronger.

The Christ and Pop Culture 25 of 2019

A list of our favorite things from 2019.

Rory Williams Is a Misfit Refined by Love

Like Rory Williams in Doctor Who, we are called to show up in the difficult places, called to be near broken people and called to uncomfortable situations.

Following in the Footsteps of Sophie Scholl’s Misfit Messiah

The film’s intentional depiction of an all too real history invites reflection on the nature of the conscience and urgency of becoming a misfit.

Notes from the Ultimate Misfit, an Enneagram Four

We all, especially Enneagram Fours, must not sacrifice the sacredness of the mundane on the altar of self-actualization.

Not Like Me: The Irony of Heeding the Tragic Hero

Simply upholding these tragic hero figures as warnings ultimately cheapens our understanding of both human depravity, and, more consequently, the extent of grace.

On First Reformed, Narcissism, and Being a Beautiful Soul

After all, to turn inward, to turn away from the world, is that not also a type of violence?

A Frankenstein Approach to Self-Definition

We tinker and work slavishly as Dr. Frankenstein did, assembling our online creations with the parts we gather from various sources.

Swipe Right: Tinder and the Quest for Perfection

In so doing, Tinder taps into the soul’s quest for perfection while inviting the user to advertise themselves for mass consumption.

Finding Reason and Goodness in the Longing for a Superhero

Our collective superhero fascination reveals a lot about how we define ourselves, Jesus, and our relationship to him.

Violet Evergarden: What Is Love?

When we understand that love is multi-faceted and that it uncovers hurts, we move closer to understanding how love redeems.

Anime & Overcoming

The central message of shōnen manga seems to be that whatever obstacles you face, try hard, stay true to your values, work together with your friends, and you will prevail in the end.

Eighth Grade and the God Who Loves

For all of the striving, pain, and difficulty Kayla goes through to obtain love it turns out that a father’s love is what it takes to set her free.

Art. What Is It Good For?

And just as there is no one purpose for our most common and immediate medium of expression, the voice, there is likewise no one purpose for art. Art, after all, is merely voice through another medium.