Interview with Stephen Cone, Director of ‘Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party’

Tuesday, May 3, is an exciting day for lovers of good independent film because it marks the video release of Henry Gamble's Birthday Party. Written and directed by Stephen Cone, a Southern-born filmmaker now living and working in Chicago, it tells the story of a 17 year-old preacher's kid coming to terms with his sexuality. With this story line of course it's been wildly popular at LGBT and independent film festivals. But the film is so much more than a coming out movie. The events unfold over … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: The Path, Ep. 6

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the latest episode of The Path on Hulu. In this episode of the Killer Serials podcast, Kyle Allen (Hawk) joins them to talk about his role in the series. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

Presbyterian Reflections on the Death of Prince

Strange things happen at summer camp. Even Christian summer camp. Away from parents, out in the woods, under the supervision of mildly responsible college students. It was at my Christian summer camp in 1985 that I first heard the music of Prince.There in the meadow shelter at Camp Wildwood, the picnic tables had been pushed aside for the talent show. Some of the performers were doing lip-sync. (When did this even become an art form? With the invention of more portable music on cassette? … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: THE PATH, Ep. 5

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the latest episode of The Path on Hulu and talk about pushing boundaries, Cal losing his grip, and Sarah keeping the faith. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

Book Review: ON PURPOSE

As election season trudges on and troubling laws are passed in places like Mississippi and North Carolina on a weekly basis, few books are as timely and necessary as Paul Froese’s On Purpose: How We Create the Meaning of Life. … [Read more...]

“The Wise Kids” and the Apocalypse of Young Adulthood

“…And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20.I am of the notion that there is not a singular Apocalypse. Apocalypses happen multiple times in one’s life: those moments when the ground beneath you shakes and the veil of reality rips, and whether you're ready for it or not, one age is over and a new one begins.For many young adults, the first great apocalypse is high school graduation. The highly structured environment of high school begins to rupture and fall … [Read more...]


Fox Searchlight has just released the first trailer for The Birth of a Nation, the standout film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and what is sure to be one of the most important films of the year. The Birth of a Nation releases in theaters on Oct. 7th. You can view the trailer and read more about the film after the jump. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: THE PATH, Eps. 3 & 4

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss episodes 3 and 4 of The Path on Hulu. This week, we continue our discussion of what the series says about belief in general and how the subplots in the series provide windows into the different ways of being in communities of truth. After the jump, you can listen to the podcast and read about Jessica Goldberg's creation of the Meyerist Movement. … [Read more...]