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Joey Thurmond

Joey Thurmond is a dragon in disguise. But other than that, he has two degrees in Communication and English. He also loves quiet rainy days with tea or coffee. Games of the shooter and survival-horror variant are his favorite, and he's a living repository of Star Wars and Bionicle lore. He has written for Game Informer, Push Square, and Tech Raptor but currently maintains his own content as a side hobby at saveasdoc.com.

The Nuance of Trust in Raya and the Last Dragon

How much should we trust others with the ever-present potential of betrayal? Raya and the Last Dragon has a messy answer to a messy dilemma.

Challenging and Changing Cringe Culture

We label a lot of things that nerds do as "cringe," but there's a frequency and toxicity to this behavior that needs to change.

The Haunting of Bly Manor and the Redemptive Pain of Friendship

The real horror of The Haunting of Bly Manor is the fear of pain in loving others. Even still, it extols the need and value of relationships.

The Good, the Bad, and the Holy

The writers of LTN share some of the most powerful examples of faith in popular media—both prescriptive and problematic.

Aching for Justice in HBO’s Watchmen

HBO's Watchmen shows the consequences of tolerated injustice to help viewers understand the pain of the oppressed and need for a biblical view of justice.

Searching for Justice in Watchmen

Humanity's desire for retribution can be genuine and good, but Alan Moore's Watchmen shows us how our solutions for injustice are unjust and fall short.

Beastars and the Pain of Forbidden Love

Beastars shows the difficulty of love between incompatible people. Whether it's requited or not, sometimes denying that love is how to love someone best.

Holding out Hope in Parks and Recreation

People's shortcomings make us jaded, but we're all works in progress. Patience in light of that helps us find and stoke the potential for good in us all.

Why is Blasphemous Media Important?

Christians should be careful in their motives and guard their hearts with blasphemous media, but it can strengthen their faith, witness, and love of others.

Social Distancing and Death Stranding

For many introverts, quarantine life amid the coronavirus can feel normal. But Death Stranding reminds us to value both alone time and in-person fellowship.