Recent Posts

No, There Isn’t a Global Satanic Cult That Ritually Abuses Millions of Children, but for a Long Time We All Really Wanted to Believe There Was

It’s not really a mystery why people yearn to believe bizarre and dramatic tales of evil: the actual truth about evil is that it’s mundane, pervasive, and unfixable, at least to us mortals.

Profound Grief Through Teen Eyes in Never Have I Ever 

What you will find in Never Have I Ever is a surprisingly profound look at grief through the eyes of teenagers.

The Last Dance: The Cost of Winning at All Costs (Episodes 7 & 8)

Amid all of Jordan’s anguish and aspersions, episodes 7 and 8 of The Last Dance helps us to better understand his drive for excellence.

Seeing and Believing 248 | Josh Trank’s Capone

Wade and Kevin get back to basics with a review of Josh Trank’s unconventional small-budget film examining the last year of the infamous gangster’s life.

The Umbrella Academy: Addicted to Love

The addiction that drives every member of the Umbrella Academy is the same which drives all of us—the desire to love and be loved

Rehearsing the Legends: Final Fantasy VII Remake and Why We Retell Stories

The Final Fantasy VII Remake does what many retellings fail to do; it reconciles the past with the future.

Persuasion 195 | Looking Ahead in a Viral Age

How do we live well in this ongoing (seemingly never-ending) viral age? Erin and Hannah discuss our new normal in the Growing Viral finale.

Grace for the Classzoom: Schooling in a Pandemic

In a pandemic, how can we foster the community so crucial for education?

Seeing and Believing 247 | 2020 Auteur Series – Wes Anderson

Wade and Kevin wrap up their auteur series with a look at the work of America’s foremost purveyor of immaculately framed family dysfunction: Wes Anderson.

Why Tulips Briefly Cost More Than Mansions

If you don’t have any sort of hope beyond death, the absurdity of everything tends to hit you hard. And then you end up doing stupid stuff, like betting the family farm on a bunch of tulips.

“Bye bye, Li’l Sebastian”: A Parks and Rec Special, A Farewell to Normalcy, and A Meeting of Old Friends

“A song about a miniature horse can be just what we all need right now.”

Persuasion 194 | Finding Goodness in a Viral Age

How can we search for goodness without minimizing the very real pain and grief of living in a pandemic? Erin and Hannah discuss our battle with discouragement in this Growing Viral conversation.

The Last Dance: Community Issues (Episodes 3 & 4)

Episodes 3 & 4 of The Last Dance is a picture of why God calls us to community: this is where we find commitment and accountability—and we are changed by it for the better.

Seeing and Believing 246 | 2020 Auteur Series – David Fincher

Wade and Kevin continue their auteur study with David Fincher as they rank their Top 10 David Fincher films and see the common elements in his work.

Cardi B: A Voice of the People

There is something admirable about Cardi B and her efforts to serve her neighbors.

Persuasion 193 | Releasing Control in a Viral Age

We’re accustomed to much freedom in daily life, making the government regulations feel all the more binding. Erin and Hannah discuss security and releasing control in the COVID-19 pandemic.