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Advent 2: The Mother

Advent 2: The Mother

Mary, the God-bearer, shows us what it looks like to receive Christ. This week we meditate on the Magnificat, the Consolation of Eve, and Thomas Tallis' Magnificat setting.

Ep. 39: Is the Book Always Better?

Ep. 39: Is the Book Always Better?

Anselm novelist Mandy Houk joins the pod to talk movie adaptations: what makes a good one, and why she thinks the Narnia ones missed the cut.

Advent 1: The Coming

Advent 1: The Coming

Joy explains the history of Advent, the theme of Advent, and some ways you can celebrate it, all through the lens of beautiful art.

Fasting and Feasting

Fasting and Feasting

An episode on Babette's Feast and the spiritual profundity of feasting, cohosted with David Bennet. 

The Celtic Way

The Celtic Way

Joy and guest Sarah Clarkson explain their love of Celtic music, art, and prayers. 

Ep. 38: Welcome, Great Pumpkin

Ep. 38: Welcome, Great Pumpkin

In which Matt and Marcus pick their favorite Halloween books and movies, and show the Great Pumpkin that their podcast is the most sincere.

Disappointment

Disappointment

How do we move past disappointment? How do we live with it? The 1975, Ladies in Lavendar, and Hannah Coulter help us figure out how to live well when disappointment strikes. 

Ep. 37: Book Girl

Ep. 37: Book Girl

Author Sarah Clarkson shares the blessings of a reading life from her new book, “Book Girl,” and convinces Matt and Marcus that they should be book girls too.

Decent Men in Indecent Times

Decent Men in Indecent Times

Why are there so many books and movies about World War Two? It has something to do with evil, bravery, and the hope that people can still be good even in impossible times.

The Wisdom of Whimsy

The Wisdom of Whimsy

We have to love what is good before we're brave enough fight for it (feat. Chesterton, Beatrix Potter, and Regina Spektor).

The Art of Lament

The Art of Lament

Ken Robertson explores the art of lament as a response to grief…and as a way to walk with God through darkness.

Ep. 36: Outliner's Revenge

Ep. 36: Outliner's Revenge

Should artists outline their work ahead of time, or let their creativity carry them as they go?

Heroes and Anti-Heroes

Heroes and Anti-Heroes

The difference between them, and what anti-heroes in modern films say about us as a culture.

The Army of Emotions

The Army of Emotions

Is it possible to have a rich emotional life without being ruled by it? We ask Saint Macrina, Fred Rogers, and Saoirse the Selkie. 

Ep. 34: Frankenstein's Playwright

Ep. 34: Frankenstein's Playwright

The Rabbit Room's Pete Peterson on his upcoming stage adaption of the classic novel and the forgotten themes behind the monster.

Ep. 33: L'Engle's Light

Ep. 33: L'Engle's Light

Sarah Arthur shares her forthcoming book, “A Light So Lovely,” which explores Madeleine L’Engle’s complex spirituality.