The Oscars | Live at Hales Ales

Each year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences vote on the best films of the year – a global event known as "The Oscars". What do the choices for "best picture" have to say about what our culture values? Where are meaning and faith to be found? What role does story have in […]

The Kindlings Muse | Annual Christmas Show!

Christmas is a time of new birth. Whether celebrating the coming of the Christ child or planning New Year's resolutions, this season orients us toward new beginnings. What is it about 'the most wonderful time of the year' that stirs in all of us a call to renewal? Listen in with host Dr. Jeff Keuss, special musical guest Hannalee, and […]

Star Wars: The Force That Is Still With Us

Decades on the cultural 'force' of the Star Wars legacy continues to shape global culture. Why does the story of "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far way…" still capture our imagination? What lessons might the Church consider as this next chapter of the Star Wars saga unfolds in JJ Abrams' eagerly awaited […]

God Help the Child – How Childhood Trauma Shapes and Misshapes.

Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel prize for literature, the Pulitzer, the National Book Foundation’s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and the National Book Critics Circle award published her 11th novel, God Help the Child: A novel, in April 2015. Join us as we explore ways in which childhood trauma shapes and misshapes […]

The Best Music for 2015, So Far: Why Listen and What's God Got To Do With It?

The spring offers some of the most notable music releases for the year. Our May show highlights some of the biggest releases in the first half of 2015. There's more going on in popular music than meets the ear. Whether it's Kacey Mugraves, Sleater-Kinney, Ibeyi, Kendrick Lamar, what story is the lyrics in this year's indie […]

The New Face of Justice: Life after Selma – The Kindlings Muse

Ferguson, New York City, and Baltimore are just the latest chapters in the Civil Rights movement and the ongoing transformation of the American Story. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the March at Selma and depending on how you look at it, much has changed and much has stayed the same. How has the face of justice […]

Sports as Religion: March Maddness, Superbowls and the Faith of Fan Culture.

Are you the devout March Madness-managed brackets of college basketball, the face-painting fanatic World Cup and Premier League Soccer fan, the statistic biding baseball fan, or are you the NFL-loving 12th Man? Sports have taken on a level of devotion, discipleship, worship, and community more often associated with the church-going public. An online discussion at […]

The Oscars Best Picture Nominees: What They Say About Us, Our Culture, & God.

Scientific Geniuses rising up despite opposition, overthrowing racial barriers, and boys learning what it is to be men, or men coming to terms with mortality are just some of the themes of this year’s Best Picture Nominees. The 2014 year in film was dubbed a box office failure, but this year’s Best Pictures defy the numbers with […]

50 Shades of Frenzy: Sex, the Bible, and What the Fuss is About

The film "Fifty Shades of Grey" is set to open on Valentine's Day, of all days. There is a reason well over 40 million people have purchased the erotic fan-fiction Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker,and Fifty Shades Freed.  The question is why? Why would a book about a woman who toys […]

Exodus: Gods and Kings – How Popular Culture Interprets the Bible.

The Bible has long been a source for fueling the cultural imagination. With the release of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" and more biblical epics in the works for 2015 what does this renewed interest in the Bible say about our culture and what people are drawing from these texts? This episode of The Kindlings Muse reviews the film […]