Brett Kavanaugh, Willful Ignorance, and the Pop Culture of the 1980s

Movies like 9 to 5 belie Justice Kavanaugh’s notion that men of the ’80s had no choice but to conform to the patterns of the era’s most boorish comedies.

The Vocation of Parenthood

I did not choose to become a parent so much as I was made a parent by forces larger and greater than I could ever fathom or control.

When Cops Make Mistakes: Thinking through Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give reminds us to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.

Gen Z’s Biggest Legacy: Has Social Media Hacked a Generation?

Gen Z stumbled into social media blindly, but now we’re tasked with the responsibility of making sure that everything what happened to us doesn’t happen to our own kids.

Disney Sells Us an Idealized Derivative of Reality (and That’s Not All Bad)

The real Disney World—the physical space we enter—is an idealized derivative of imagined pasts, futures, and fantasies of the actual world.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and the Fragility of Hope

Did Mister Rogers die with his hope intact? Is hope itself fragile? Can it withstand life in America today?

For the Love of the Con: Finding Community among the Geeks

Wanting to connect was my reason to attend comic con that first time, but it cannot explain why I want to go back as much as I do.

We Can’t All Be Hawkeye: On Choosing Childlessness

Why do so many outsiders feel the need to correct the childlessness they encounter?

The Ending Is the Drama: Mission: Impossible, Fairy Stories, and the Longing for Consolation

The Mission: Impossible films appeal to us because they offer a kind of terrifying drama that ends in assurance and consolation.

Our Quest for a King: LeBron James’s Example of Fatherhood

For LeBron James, being a dad is everything. He is devoted to his children, making fatherhood one of the coolest things he’s ever done.

Hazy Beer in an Age of Authenticity

When consumerism dictates what is considered “good,” tradition and standards are reduced to marketing and the notion of craft itself is hollowed out.

Call for Pitches: Illustrations

Write for our digital magazine! Submit a pitch by 8/8 for a feature article on the theme of illustrations.

Leave No Trace and the Struggle to Leave Behind the Fears of Our Parents

As Leave No Trace teaches us, we’ve all been given lenses tinted by unhealthy fears because we live in a broken world that inflicts varying degrees of trauma on everyone.

B.Y.O.B. (Be Your Own Boss) Culture and the Cult of Self

If we embrace the hustle without a critical eye, we can feed ideas about ourselves that are untrue. Namely that we are the ultimate authority: the true “captain of our souls.”

What Is Christian Conversion? The Case of Danai Gurira’s The Convert

Danai Gurira’s play The Convert strips away spiritualized clichés to interrogate the real, complex, and often all-too-earthy motives behind conversion to Christianity..

David Foster Wallace and Worship in the #MeToo World

Who has the words to grieve that David Foster Wallace could write what we believe and betray it constantly in his own life?