About J. Ryan Parker

A Scorsese Q & A

Over the weekend, I had the rare opportunity to listen to--and briefly meet--one of my favorite directors (and one that I consider the greatest of all time), Martin Scorsese. We screened his latest film, Silence, for the Fuller Seminary community. After the jump, you can read some of the highlights from Scorsese's Q & A with Kutter Callaway, assistant professor of theology and culture at Fuller, and Mako Fujimura, director of the Brehm Center at Fuller. … [Read more...]

Book Review: CANCER IS FUNNY

That we have all been touched by cancer, if not personally, then relationally, is why Jason Micheli’s new book, Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Chemo, is such an important book. It’s also my first must-read recommendation of 2017. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: TRANSPARENT, S3, Eps. 6-10

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker wrap up 2016 with a discussion of one of the year's best series, TRANSPARENT. They talk about the brilliance of Judith Light, lament the absence of Rabbi Raquel, and speculate where the series might go in its upcoming fourth season. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: TRANSPARENT, S3, Eps. 1-5

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the first five episodes of the third season of TRANSPARENT, streaming on Amazon, and the themes of religiosity, sexuality, classism, and narcissism. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: AMANDA KNOX

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the new Netflix documentary, Amanda Knox, and what it says about unjust legal systems, amoral media outlets, and the public's obsession with crime stories. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: LUKE CAGE, Eps. 11-13

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker wrap up their discussion of Marvel's Luke Cage, streaming on Netflix. They lament a fading narrative, celebrate strong performances, and discuss the theological importance of setting a story such as this in a particular, real world time and place. Listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: LUKE CAGE, Eps. 9 & 10

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss episodes 9 & 10 of Marvel's LUKE CAGE, streaming on Netflix and the ways in which the narrative has begun to echo the biblical stories of Cain and Abel and Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: An Interview with Kutter Callaway

Kutter Callaway, Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Seminary, joins Tony Jones and Ryan Parker for a discussion about his new book, WATCHING TV RELIGIOUSLY: TELEVISION AND THEOLOGY IN DIALOGUE. The new book is a perfect resource for educators, influencers, and fans looking to engage the medium on a deeper level. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]