About J. Ryan Parker

#KillerSerials: LUKE CAGE, Eps. 3 & 4

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker welcome guest Jay Bakker to discuss episodes 3 & 4 of Marvel's Luke Cage. Jay and Ryan attempt to school Tony on the Marvel cinematic universe and talk about what Luke's backstory has to say about political, cultural, and religious issues today. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

Ranking BLACK MIRROR Season 3

We all agree that Black Mirror is superb television and one of the best series going...right?!?! But, within that certainty, no doubt, lie disagreements on best and/or favorite individual episodes. Check out the Pop Theology rankings of the new season's six episodes below. While much of this is, of course, personal preference, some of these episodes feel more vital than others, given the volatile political and cultural times and spaces in which we find ourselves. It's nearly a tie for the top sp … [Read more...]

Reflections on THE BIRTH OF A NATION

New Pop Theology contributor and Killer Serials co-host, Tony Jones, offers up some reflections on the controversial new film, The Birth of a Nation, which releases in theaters nation-wide on Friday, Oct. 7th. More after the jump. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: LUKE CAGE, Eps. 1 & 2

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the new Netflix hit, Luke Cage, and talk about how it's folding in current events and concerns, celebrating black history and culture, and drawing on religious imagery and narratives. They're also well aware that as a couple of white guys, they're probably only scratching the surface of the series' themes and references. Take a listen. … [Read more...]

Music Review: Bon Iver’s 22, A MILLION

Resident Pop Theology music critic, Benjamin Griffin, offers a review of Bon Iver's latest album, 22, A Million. More after the jump. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: 2016 Emmys

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker, as PhDs are want to do, belatedly discuss this year's Emmys, what they say about pop culture, what we think about the winners, and what our next Killer Serial will be. … [Read more...]


Tony Jones joins the magnificent ranks of Pop Theology with a brief reflection on this week's #1 box office hit, The Magnificent Seven. … [Read more...]


Tony Jones and Ryan Parker welcome John Bucher to the podcast to talk all things STRANGER THINGS. They look back on the entire first season, talk about where the second season might go, the series' themes of sacrifice (self and otherwise), and whether or not Eleven is a Messiah figure and the boys are her disciples. Listen after the jump. … [Read more...]