Living Lutheran: “What Incredibles 2 teaches about heroism”

There’s been a lot written about the Randian undertones in Brad Bird’s movies, particularly The Incredibles. The sequel Incredibles 2 is a bit more blurry in its messaging, but one thing is clear: the movie worries that everyday people too quickly live vicariously through famous or “great” people. From Screenslaver’s monologue to Mr. Incredible’s storyline…

Fathom Magazine: “Teaching Confession, Learning Repentance”

A few years ago, a student in one of my lit classes recommended a book to me, based on the readings I assigned in the course. “It’s about a guy who hears voices that tell him to murder everyone, but he acts like this really nice person who everyone loves,” explained; “It seems like the…

Think Christian: “O Superhero Death, Where Is Your Sting?”

This might be the piece I’ve had the most fun writing, probably because it’s about something I know well that’s been part of the mainstream conversation: superhero deaths. Comic book readers are well aware that dead superheroes always come back. In fact, one of my earliest comic book memories was reading a letter in a…

Mudbound and Get Out: Right-Feeling or Repentance?

In my over ten years of teaching literature, I’ve come to expect that stories about racism elicit a certain response from certain students. If it’s a piece like Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye or even Octavia Butler’s Kindred, then white students will respond with sympathy. Their discussions will signal that racism is bad and they…