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I am a writer from Southern California interested in nerd culture, literature, religion, and Hawaiiana. I'm grateful to be a contributor here! I tweet at @tpeopleswriting.

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    Before the Big Top, There Was Love: <i>The Greatest Showman</i>

    Before the Big Top, There Was Love: The Greatest Showman

    The many movies that contemplate men experiencing work/dream/family conflicts have not, generally, been helpful to viewers—men or otherwise. This category of film is vast, of course, but they almost always posit that fathers who sincerely return their gaze to family in Act 3 will achieve a previously inconceivable version of whatever they were pursuing to […]

    Living and Dying with Rich Mullins: Reckless Raging Fury

    Living and Dying with Rich Mullins: Reckless Raging Fury

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of Rich Mullins’ death in a car accident at age 41. To commemorate this occasion, I am writing my memories of his music—not so much music criticism as memoir-via-music. See part 1 here. You don’t often hear a singer downplay the next song on the setlist; you don’t often […]

    Living and Dying With Rich Mullins: I Believe What I Believe…

    Living and Dying With Rich Mullins: I Believe What I Believe…

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of Rich Mullins’ death in a car accident at age 41. To commemorate this occasion, I am writing my memories of his music—not so much music criticism as memoir-via-music. I didn’t know the signs. Rich Mullins sang “Creed” as I and the rest of the retreat’s super-secret Prayer Team […]

    <i>Chill, dummy</i>—It’s Only Life or Death

    Chill, dummy—It’s Only Life or Death

    The first time I saw an audience simultaneously discomforted and reassured was at a P.O.S concert. After he sang one of his new songs, “Wearing a Bear,” he explained that the goofy dance he did at the end was for the day of his death (#ripPOS). He had done a different dance at every show […]

    The Post-Millenials, or Generation X at the End of the World

    The Post-Millenials, or Generation X at the End of the World

    I do not read Revelation regularly. I’m scared of it. Not of the actual text, mind you — I’m scared of being overwhelmed by half-remembered theological positions and theories about eschatology. I’m skeptical that anything in the text is meant to be a prediction — thief in the night, etc. — but I’m neither biblically […]

    Something for Almost Nothing: A Confession

    Something for Almost Nothing: A Confession

    All day I thought about the questions I would ask MC Lars and Mega Ran, two of my favorite rappers. I had already contacted both via social media and requested an interview, and both were game despite some obvious barriers (noise, crowd, other fans, merch sales). I thought, fruitlessly, about the interview questions at work, […]

    <i>Moana</i> Leads the Way Home (and to the Horizon)

    Moana Leads the Way Home (and to the Horizon)

    One of the more attractive elements of grace-based living is that it removes (in doctrine, anyway, if not always in practice) the pressure to discern every decision correctly. Both the roughing-it-through-the-grind and seeking-the-horizon are both valid and acceptable approaches to life. This stance contrasts with FOMO-driven media in both the general and Christian spheres. Such […]

    A Grace Too Powerful to Name

    A Grace Too Powerful to Name

    Mike Birbiglia has touted his ability to make any awkward situation more awkward, but I think I win. Not long ago, I reply-all’d to a church discussion an a-propos-of-nothing question about how to take hold of grace. I immediately regretted it, because it was an unanswerable question. I know that divine forgiveness is, in Lin-Manuel […]

    A Review of <i>A Woman’s Place</i> [From a Man’s Perspective]

    A Review of A Woman’s Place [From a Man’s Perspective]

    Oftentimes evangelicalism, from the average parishioner’s perspective, is not so much a steady worldview as a collection of silently predetermined ideas. One of the more pernicious assumptions that many (though certainly not all) evangelicals share is that women are…limited? It’s really tough to nail down, partly because it is not universal. My first thought is Mark […]

    Hollywood Teaches Us How to Be Good Friends: A Much-Belated Review of <i>The Intern</i>

    Hollywood Teaches Us How to Be Good Friends: A Much-Belated Review of The Intern

    I inwardly sighed last week when my wife suggested that we watch the 2015 Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway comedy The Intern on HBO Now. One has to admit there are problems with the film’s setup. Robert De Niro plays Ben Whitaker, who is a retired, widowed, 70-year-old who spent 40 years climbing the corporate ladder […]

    <i>UnREAL</i> Season 1, Part 2: Death by Suicide, Death to Self-Pity

    UnREAL Season 1, Part 2: Death by Suicide, Death to Self-Pity

    This is part two in a series on UnREAL, a Lifetime drama returning for its second season on June 6. You’ll find part one here. Mega-super-nuclear-option spoiler alert: the following discloses the ending of the show’s first season. Reality TV often has an ambience of controlled insanity. The contestants act in violent, conniving, or erratic ways, and one can […]

    <i>UnREAL</i> Is Uncomfortably Close to Reality

    UnREAL Is Uncomfortably Close to Reality

    This is part 1 of a multipost series on UnREAL, a serial drama on Lifetime that is returning for its second season on June 6. Spoiler alert, but you’ve had a year to enjoy this one… I am that guy who hates reality shows and wants you to know about it—out of sincere concern for […]