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How might your pop culture fandom resonate with your faith? Josh Larsen, editor of Think Christian, talks with TC writers about the latest in TV, movies, music, and more, exploring the ways popular culture and its cultivators interact with God’s story.


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How might your pop culture fandom resonate with your faith? Josh Larsen, editor of Think Christian, talks with TC writers about the latest in TV, movies, music, and more, exploring the ways popular culture and its cultivators interact with God’s story.






What Do We Do With Paul Schrader? (TC Movie Club)

Listen in as TC’s Josh Larsen and guest Jeff Munroe lead a conversation with Movie Club members about First Reformed, Hardcore, and other films from writer-director Paul Schrader. (To join the club, sign up at Show Notes: Josh’s video essay on First Reformed: Josh’s 2018 interview with Paul Schrader: Jeff’s TC post on First Reformed’s ending: Micah Rickard on The Card Counter:


Abbott Elementary’s Amazing Grace

With Season 2 complete, Josh, Kathryn, and Roslyn discuss all things Abbott Elementary: the way iron is sharpening iron, relationally and professionally; Ava as a child in the kingdom of God; and the school’s communal importance as a place of grace, acceptance, and belonging. Oh, and what we think about the whole Janine-Gregory thing. Show Notes Brian Howell on ‘Saint Abbott Elementary’ - Josh, Kathryn, and Joe George discussing Abbott Elementary on the Best TV of 2022 episode - Join the TC Movie Club -


Boygenius and Being Known

Teaming up for their first full-length album as supergroup boygenius, Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus seamlessly blend their talents to share what they yearn for most of all: “to be known so well.” Josh, Abby, and Sarah discuss the music, the universality of that longing, and a story about being known that’s found in the Gospel of John. Show Notes Micah Rickard's TC post on Julien Baker's Little Oblivions: Chad Ashby's TC post on Phoebe Bridgers' Punisher: Josh and Aarik discussing Lucy Dacus' Home Video on the TC podcast: Carl Wilson's Slate review of the record: boygenius music video directed by Kristen Stewart: Sarah on Skinamarink and the rapture: Join the TC Movie Club:


The Mandalorian Gets Religion

With Season 3 delving even more deeply into The Way of Mandalore, Josh, Claude, and JR. discuss the ideas of redemption, community, and calling that are at play. Get your free copy of our Theology of Star Wars ebook here: Read JR.’s post on The Mandalorian Season 2 here: Listen to Josh and Sarah Welch-Larson discuss The Mandalorian Season 1 here: Read Claude’s post on My Hero Academia Season 6 here:


Superhero Theology (Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, The Superpowers and the Glory)

How do the themes in superhero movies relate to Christ's teachings? How do believers reconcile superhero violence with Jesus' message of peace? In his new book, The Superpowers and the Glory, Joe George considers these questions and more. Joe joins Josh to discuss the project, as well as the latest MCU installment — Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Get Joe’s book here: Find a roundup of TC articles on the MCU here:


Oscars 2023 (TC Movie Club)

Listen in as TC’s Josh Larsen and Roslyn Hernández lead a conversation with Movie Club members about four faith questions relating to the 2023 Best Picture nominees. (To join the club, sign up at


Witness (Bono’s Surrender, Belle and Sebastian’s Late Developers)

How might Christian artists hold their faith while moving in mainstream circles? Josh and Aarik - critics who work in both faith-based and secular media - discuss, using the new memoir from U2’s frontman and the latest album from Belle and Sebastian to guide their conversation.


Best Movies of 2022

From Everything Everywhere All At Once to Fire of Love to Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Josh, Abby, and JR. celebrate their favorite movies of 2022.


Best TV of 2022

From Abbott Elementary to Severance to Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Josh, Kathryn, and Joe celebrate their favorite television of 2022. Plus, listener picks too!


Best Music of 2022

Saba. Carly Rae Jepsen. Wild Pink. Madison Cunningham. Beach Bunny. Josh, Claude, Sarah, John, and Aarik celebrate their favorite music of 2022. Plus, listener picks too!


Royalty (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Crown)

The concept of royalty drives much of the action in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. It’s also the reason for being in Netflix’s The Crown. How do these depictions of royalty stand alongside those in the Bible — including the King of Kings?


Antiheroes (Andor, Taylor Swift’s Midnights)

On Midnights, Taylor Swift adopts the persona of an antihero (especially on “Anti-Hero”). On Andor, Disney Plus’ latest Star Wars series, Diego Luna plays one. Are either of these antiheroes reminiscent of those we find in the Bible? What can we learn from antiheroes about the human condition — and how does the gospel respond to that condition? Josh, JR., and Kathryn discuss.


Transcendent Spielberg (TC Movie Club)

Listen in as TC’s Josh Larsen and Robert Rivera lead a conversation with Movie Club members about signs of transcendence in the films of Steven Spielberg. (To join the club, sign up at


A Christian Defense of Horror IV (Barbarian, 1978’s Halloween)

Our annual Halloween show applies a theological lens to horror both new (Barbarian) and old (1978’s Halloween). Josh, Joe, and Abby discuss what Christians might appreciate about movies designed to scare us. Show Notes Sign up to receive email updates about Josh's forthcoming book, Fear Not! A Christian Appreciation of Horror: Read Joe's TC post on 1978's Halloween: Read Abby's TC post on Five Films to Help You Observe Advent:


Innocence (Marcus Mumford’s Self-Titled, Death Cab for Cutie’s Asphalt Meadows)

How should Christians think about innocence, especially alongside the reality of original sin? Two new albums — by Marcus Mumford and Death Cab for Cutie — provide context for considering innocence lost and gospel repair.


Tolkien Theology (The Rings of Power)

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth has captured countless imaginations, Christian imaginations in particular. Josh, Claude, and Sarah weigh in on the Lord of the Rings-based fantasy series, now streaming on Prime Video, and also dig into the new TC ebook reflecting on the eight previous screen adaptations of Tolkien’s work.


Christlike Masculinity (Prey, 1987’s Predator)

Prey, the new Predator installment, feels fresh partly because its central female character recontextualizes the macho masculinity of the original action film. Josh, Abby, and JR. discuss both movies alongside the idea of Christlike masculinity.


Freedom in Surrender (Beyoncé’s Renaissance, Maggie Rogers’ Surrender)

Toward the end of a summer in which many slowly emerged from COVID, Beyoncé released Renaissance, a celebratory dance album. How might Christians understand its spirit of freedom? And how does it sound alongside another new release, Maggie Rogers’ Surrender? Josh and Kathryn discuss the albums and the biblical idea of freedom in surrender.


TC Movie Club: The Prophetic Voice of Jordan Peele

Listen in as TC’s Josh Larsen and D. Marquel lead a conversation with Movie Club members about the ways Nope, Us, and Get Out speak truth to power. (To join the club, sign up at


Gentleness (Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Julia)

Gentleness, a fruit of the Spirit, defines a silly little movie about a talking shell and an HBO Max biography series about television chef Julia Child. How might both encourage us to “keep in step with the Spirit” by living lives of gentleness? Josh, Sarah, and Joe discuss.