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Seeing and Believing 155: Netflix’s Wild Wild Country and Brett Haley’s Hearts Beat Loud

Netflix’s new documentary miniseries Wild Wild Country tries to get to the bottom of a 1980s dispute between a religious commune and the Oregon community next door. Also the Nick Offerman-starring Hearts Beat Loud, a feel-good indie movie about a dad trying to get the band back together with his college-bound daughter.

What the NFL (and the Church) Can Learn from the NBA

Like many with power, the NFL owners are using their wealth and status to steamroll those in a weaker position.

Solo: Gambling on an Origin Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story edifies not only the existing Star Wars canon, but it injects new meaning into the life and storyline of Han Solo.

Blessed Are the Unsatisfied by Amy Simpson, Free for CAPC Members

Living unsatisfied is the reality we know deep down and no longer need to cover with a shiny veneer.

Persuasion 138: You Can’t Say That!

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss several recent free speech kerfuffles covered in the news and online, including recent comments by Rosanne Barr and Samantha Bee and the NFL’s anthem ruling.

Let Us (All) Eat Cake

The church has far too often failed to critique the way our culture shames the bodies of those outside the ideal and given theological weight to claims that some bodies are more godly than others.

Agents, Aliens, and Angels: Salvation in The X-Files

I am hopeful that The X-Files will be remembered as an allegory of faith and faithfulness, rather than the twisted Greek tragedy it seemingly became at its close.

Seeing and Believing 154: Bart Layton’s American Animals and Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke’s Cargo

The guys take it down a notch after the blockbusters of last week. First they review American Animals, director Bart Layton’s follow-up to The Impostor.

In His Image by Jen Wilkin, Free for CAPC Members

Wilkin concludes that the hope of the gospel is not that we would just make better choices, but that we would grow into better people. To do that, we need to have a better grasp of who God calls us to be.

Persuasion 137: When Living Your Best Life Is Mocked on Twitter

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson talk about being mocked on Twitter. They also consider the components we embrace for living our best life and what those components say about our values, our dreams, and our vision of the good life.

Arrested Development‘s #MeToo Moment

Not only did these men fail to do the right thing in the moment; they failed to recognize the part they played in perpetuating their female colleague’s pain.

“This is America”: Childish Gambino’s Warning to Evangelicals

So as we nod our heads, bounce our shoulders, and rap with Childish Gambino in “This is America,” we need not disregard the America he and many others perceive, nor dilute it down to sensationalized art.

The Royal Wedding and Our Fascination with Majesty

The British monarchy is not devoid of dysfunction or heartache, but it gives us a real-life vision for the royalty that is to come.

Seeing and Believing 153: Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story and David Leitch’s Deadpool 2

Scoundrels everywhere can rejoice as Wade and Kevin tackle Solo: A Star Wars Story, the new Han Solo prequel from Disney, and amoral scoundrels everywhere can rejoice (possibly) over their review of the sequel to 2016’s R-rated breakout smash about the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool 2.

A Perfect Circle: Elephants and End-Times

Keeping with the political tenor of the times, A Perfect Circle fearlessly brings religion into the fray once again.

Waiting for the Light to Come On: Scott Hutchison and Frightened Rabbit

Scott Hutchison didn’t believe in anything beyond this life, but when I talk about light that emanates from his songs, I call it spiritual. He saw a daunting, cold world and set about doing what he could to breathe warmth into it, to strive against his pride to love unselfishly, to rage against the idea that we must accept the earth in its broken state.