Killer Serials: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, Season 3, Eps. 7-9


The next installment of Killer Serials, in which Tony Jones and I discuss episodes 7-9 of the third season of Orange is the New Black. … [Read more...]

SENSE8 and the Politics of Watching TV


The new Netflix series, Sense8 (by the Wachowski siblings) isn't a great series, but, set in the context of the ever-expanding television market, it is a must-watch series if you care about what type of content gets made.  … [Read more...]

Killer Serials: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, Season 3, Eps. 4-6


Tony and I are back with the second installment of Killer Serials and a look at episodes four, five, and six of the third season of Orange is the New Black. … [Read more...]

True Detective, “The Western Book of the Dead” Post Mortem


Given the ever-improving nature of television dramas, it's difficult to write confidently about a series after the pilot episode or to write off a series after a bad episode or two. How many people absolutely loved the first episode of The Wire? Writers and producers are playing a long game and people who reflect on the medium must adapt as well. Yet as a massive fan of the first season of True Detective, I wanted to weigh in on last night's second season premier, even though there's not much, in … [Read more...]

Is the Soul Gendered?

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I’ve noticed recently that when you post an article on Facebook, the all-knowing Newsfeed will post three articles below your post – two that agree with the article you posted and one that disagrees. This is an interesting idea, and may help break down the “echo chamber” that so much of our online dialogue has become.But then, sometimes, the articles Big Brother Facebook suggests are just downright offensive.Looking over some postings on the remarkable coming out of Caitlyn Jenner the oth … [Read more...]

KILLER SERIALS: Orange is the New Black, Season 3, Eps. 1-3


Good friend, theologian, and author Tony Jones and I are kicking off a new blog series today, which will eventually evolve into a full-on podcast. It's called Killer Serials, and in it we will take a closer look at some of the most talked-about television series from new broadcast and cable series to new Netflix content to old favorites available on other streaming services like Amazon and Hulu. In terms of streamed content, we will write about them three episodes at a time. If the series is … [Read more...]

Cross+Roads Faith and Film Renewal: Review of “Louder Than Bombs”

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Louder Than Bombs (directed by Joachim Trier) is an American-Norwegian film about a family still coming to grips with the untimely loss of the wife and mother. It stars Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Isabelle Huppert, David Strathairn, and Devin Druid. … [Read more...]

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL: Or Why We Should Celebrate the Rise of the Nones


A few weeks ago, the Pew Research Center released their latest study on America's changing religious landscape, which finds that young folks are not attending--or leaving--the church in droves. The "Nones" (or as George Clooney's character, Ulysses Everett McGill, referred to himself in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the "unaffiliated") are on the rise. Christians of all stripes continue to speculate and worry about what this means for our future...another case of what Richard Lindsay likes to call … [Read more...]