Stephanie Carney's Articles

Confessions of a Limited, Introverted, Summer-loathing Mom


We can't love like Jesus unless we rest—in Jesus and in how he made us.

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God Loves Your Kids More Than You Do


If God is sovereign—even over breakfast—then there's no need to parent under pressure.

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Bedbug Theology: How to See God's Mercy in Everyday Trials


Jesus cares about your ordinary ordeals. And he wants to walk with you through them.

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Christmas Movies Are the Best Movies


Watching Christmas movies can be a love-forming, Big Story-enhancing ritual.

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Chasing Down Justice, Mercy and Good Samaritans in ‘Fantastic Beasts’


Spoiler Alert: Stephanie Carney did her best to not spoil any major elements, but we cannot guarantee all major plot points are protected.

As the credits began to roll at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, my husband and I looked at each other and said, “I really liked that movie.” At first, we couldn't quite put into words why (it was more than the comfy reclining seats and the XD surround sound that was making my husband a bit giddy). I realize there are many opinions on the “magic” movie genre in general—I understand and I respect these views. But for me, there are three-ish reasons why I love Fantastic Beasts.

The value of understanding the world and culture you live in cannot be underestimated. Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne), a British wizard visiting New York City is also a magizoologist, an expert in magical creatures. He strives to understand magical creatures for their own good but also to educate the magical community so that these creatures won't be killed senselessly out of fear. When his creatures escape, he says: “We're going to recapture my creatures before they get hurt. They're currently in alien terrain surrounded by millions of the most vicious creatures on the planet—humans.”

Later, the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (Carmen Ejogo), shares this: “Magical beasts are terrorizing no-majs [non-magic people], and when no-majs are afraid, they attack.” I realize we're talking about magical creatures and fantastical people, but these lines resonated with me. Sometimes, we just don't bother to understand people.

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