Boys State, Starring Our Own Malnourished Political Imaginations

We swim in the waters of partisan conflict, and we can hardly recognize that underneath all the posturing, strategizing, and warfare tactics is supposed to be a real vision of human flourishing.

You Will Probably Not Be a Rock God, and Neither Will I: Some Deep Thoughts on Bill and Ted Face the Music

We’re not, it turns out, a civilization of rock gods and their devotees; we’re all connected, and we all depend on each other.

Enola Holmes and the Goodness of Telling Old Stories from New Perspectives

What I love about the creation and inclusion of the Enola character is how much she makes sense in the Holmes family and how much she adds to the ethos of the story. 

What The Vast of Night Taught Me about Living in the Moment

If we struggle believing the best is yet to come, the first step is acknowledging that not all nostalgia is healthy.

Merricat and the Sin of Nostalgia

We are called not to stay as we were found or as we wish we had been found, but to grow in spiritual maturity and knowledge of the Gospel; to remain focused on the past is to refuse to grow spiritually.

Faith Coming of Age

In spite of our drive to speed up growth and reach the goal of faith, perhaps the real goal is to trust the process. Rather than an object to be controlled, we can enjoy the blessing of time as a gift.

Will Ferrell’s Eurovision Tribute: How to Save the World by Laughing at Yourself

The Story of Fire Saga shows us how to mature past win-lose games into a form of infinite play that values process and relationships over victory.

Cuties Isn’t the Problem: Our Cultural Addiction to the Sexualization of Minors 

Cuties is the product of perverse people who are perverse consumers who drive a capitalistic structure to give us what we want.

Skyfall and Spectre: The Bonds of Family

It took Sam Mendes making Skyfall and Spectre to give us a Bond to whom we could all relate.

COVID-19 Is Our Monster and Our Mirror

COVID-19 has become our society’s most recent real-life monster.

The Performers We’ve Lost and the Stories They Carried

The deaths of young celebrities lead to collective shock and grief because of the unique roles performers hold in society.

Chadwick Boseman Lived on Purpose—and We Will Never Be the Same

Choosing to play Thurgood Marshall and Black Panther while facing multiple surgeries and going through chemotherapy could not have been easy. But Chadwick Boseman understood his purpose. 

Deliver Us: What the Prince of Egypt Has to Say about Suffering

If Exodus voices our collective hunger for deliverance, it also calls us to work for deliverance, toward liberatory action.

History Is Written by the Losers

The lesson is that if we don’t tell the true stories, if we fail to pass them down to future generations, the lies will rush into the vacuum and take over.

How to Train Your Dragon: Revision, Restoration, and Edenic Longing

Even though How to Train Your Dragon should be a very silly story, sometimes very silly stories manage to say the very best things.

Hamilton Invites Us to Imagine the Power of Forgiveness

Alexander is redeemed, not because he deserves it, but because Eliza grants redemption to him.