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Crazy Rich Asians and the Limits of Representation

If people of color are the only ones raising their voices and celebrating increased representation, then our collective forward progress will be minimal, indeed.

We Can’t All Be Hawkeye: On Choosing Childlessness

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

The Bible, Explained

When we continue feeding our desire for easy answers, we lose the ability to approach complexity with the appropriate tools.

Persuasion 145: Joy Is Finding a Public Power Outlet

Erin and Hannah examine the realization that joy is finding a public power outlet when our mobile devices send us into survival mode with a low battery.

Finding Redemption in The O.C.

We’re 11 years removed from saying goodbye to the Cohens and The O.C., yet pop culture writers and fans alike regularly indulge in heated discussions about this hyper-self-aware soap opera’s merits and cultural impact.

Hope for Henry Higgins: My Fair Lady in the #MeToo Era

In the #MeToo era, an ending like that in My Fair Lady could give us all hope that people can change—something we desperately need to remember.

Persuasion 144: When Heaven Is an Endless Aisle of School Supplies

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson gush over when Heaven is an endless aisle of school supplies and how their annual appearance marks the most wonderful time of year for many who are no longer students.

Sneaky Pete: Incarnation Incognito

The lesson for us as Christians is that we likewise toe the precarious line of having our identities shaped by both a heavenly and earthly community.

YouVersion Bible Lens App: Mediating the Bible through Your Life

All of this mediation draws us away from the actual Word of God and toward our minds and an awareness of our public identity.

Seeing and Believing 164: Carlos Lopez Estrada’s Blindspotting and Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson’s The Endless

Wade and Kevin have gentrification on the mind this week, as they review two films about unwelcome new arrivals in the neighborhood: Carlos Lopez Estrada’s Blindspotting, a drama about race and indie sci-fi/thriller The Endless, the new neighbor is an otherworldly force revered by a backwoods cult.

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.

Let the (Big) Children Come Unto Me: On Harry Potter, Young Adult Literature, and Learning to Love Your Audience

I discovered, as I imagine J. K. Rowling did at some point, that to love teenagers is to write them as they are—not as we wish they would be.

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.

Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette Proves That Laughter Is Not Always the Best Medicine

Part of Hannah Gadsby’s subversive power consists in the fact she still manages to be hilarious even as she refuses to let us rest in the abridgments necessary to her former punchlines.

Seeing and Believing 163: Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade

Wade and Kevin review the latest Mission: Impossible film (alternate title: See Tom Run) and the latest indie darling from studio A24, Eighth Grade. Thrills and chills abound!