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When God Became White: Dismantling Whiteness for A More Just Christianity

This book by a Canadian-Korean theologian sets out to “unpack the origins of whiteness and its implications for the church, Christianity, and theology.” From her story of family immigration, becoming educated in a predominantly white school environment, and converting to Christianity at a white Chri

Butter No Parsnips Podcast

On their weekly podcast, Butter No Parsnips, hosts Emily Moyers and Kyle Imperatore explore the etymology of words you’ve probably never heard of. For those of us who like to play with language, Butter No Parsnips is a fun way to spend a half hour each week. The title comes from an old proverb, “fin

Eyes That Weave the World's Wonders

In introductory notes to this book that explores transracial adoption, author Liz SoHyeon Kleinrock, who was born in South Korea and was adopted by a white American couple, writes, “I remember years ago when I was asked, ‘When was the first time you saw yourself represented in a book?’ The truth is,

Physical: 100 - Season Two

In May 2023, I wrote a review for The Banner on the first season of Physical: 100, a Korean reality TV competition show on Netflix. After watching the first season, I concluded that the show represented a small, but significant paradigm shift in the reality TV genre. Unlike its game show counterpart

Louder Than Hunger

Author John Schu’s fictionalized novel-in-verse is based on his experiences as a 13-year-old who suffered from anorexia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and depression. Schu spent more than two years in and out of several inpatient and outpatient treatment programs and facilities.Thi

The Storm We Made

In introductory notes to her debut novel about her homeland, Vanessa Chan writes, “In Malaysia, our grandparents love us by not speaking. More specifically, they do not speak about their lives from 1941-1945, the period when the Japanese Imperial Army invaded Malaya (what Malaysia was called before

Heaven’s Frequency (Live)

One simple but profound term describes Meredith Andrews’ music: worship. The singer-songwriter’s latest release, Heaven’s Frequency (Live) continues Andrews’ habit of directing listeners in praise and honor of the Lord and Jesus. According to a news release, this work “boasts authentic moments of sp

Doing Asian American Theology

I’ve been to the Grand Canyon twice—once as a teenager with my parents, and two decades later as a father with kids of my own. Before both trips, I researched America’s lone Natural Wonder of the World in an attempt to maximize my experience. But the two research efforts were not equal. Before my tr

Little Spark of Life

As a young boy shares a snack with his parents on the couch, his pregnant mother addresses his curiosity about the baby in her womb: “Are you wondering just who is growing in me, / How this baby of ours first came to be? / Your beautiful brain, imagination so wild / will show you what’s hidden from

Family Nights, Vol. 1: All Your Heart

Almost 10 years ago Jess Ray and Taylor Leonhardt, two young singer-songwriters, met in Raleigh, N.C., and quickly became friends and musical partners. They started a weekly gathering where a group of people shared a meal and a time of worship together. That led the pair to start writing songs that

Slow Noodles: A Cambodian Memoir of Love, Loss, and Family Recipes

In her riveting, gut-wrenching memoir, author Chantha Nguon relates how she fled from Cambodia to Saigon, South Vietnam, in 1970 when she was 9 years old. Nguon was the daughter of a Vietnamese woman and a Khmer man. Because of burgeoning discrimination against Vietnamese people living in Cambodia,

The Brothers Sun

Michelle Yeoh can’t miss these days. From Shang-Chi, American Born Chinese, and her award-winning role in Everything Everywhere All at Once, to voicing characters on The Minions and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Yeoh has certainly taken advantage of her opportunities.This stretch now includes he

Unsung Hero

Touching.This word names my experience of the film Unsung Hero. Though known as “the Rebecca St. James movie,” it doesn’t focus on this famous Christian singer, but on “Mum,” Helen Smallbone.In a History vs. Hollywood interview, brother Luke Smallbone, the movie’s producer and half of the Christian

Building a Dream: How the Boys of Koh Panyee Became Champions

This fictional children’s picture book is based on the true story of creative and courageous boys in the village of Koh Panyee in southern Thailand. Author Darshana Khiani relates how the boys are passionate about football (called soccer in Canada and the United States) and long to compete with thei

Where the Joy Is

We Are Messengers have blazed an impressive musical journey. The natives of Ireland released their first studio album in 2016, and their latest work, “Where the Joy Is,” marked studio album number four. We Are Messengers is a band for the people. “The goal has always been to engage culture in conver

Rift: A Memoir of Breaking Away From Christian Patriarchy

When someone escapes from Hawaii to Grand Rapids, Mich., you know they had compelling reasons.Such was the experience of Cait West, who details her confusing, oppressive upbringing as a daughter of a heavily patriarchal father and compliant mother in her searing and ultimately soaring debut.From the

I/O

Peter Gabriel has been a recording artist for over 50 years, starting as the lead singer of the British band Genesis before going solo in 1977. It has been over 21 years since he released Up, his previous album of new material. Gabriel likes to jump-start his creativity by setting restrictions for h

Taste and See: All About God’s Goodness

The verse “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8) connects our spiritual experience to that of food-tasting or feasting. As our basic subsistence, food runs through the Bible, from fruit trees in Eden, manna in the wilderness, bread and fish by the sea of Galilee, to the final feast with Go