Christ and Pop Culture
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Category:general -- posted at: 8:35pm EDT

It’s a new year, brimming with opportunities to make the next 12 months your best EVER! Or so we’re told, year in year out. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the value of a new start, how to approach resolutions, and where God’s grace fits into our dreams for the future.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:22am EDT

What are the top pop culture events in 2015? Tyler Glodjo, SD Kelly, DL Mayfield, Tyler Burns, and Luke T. Harrington joined up to form the CAPC 25 council, setting this year’s list of pop culture events in stone. In part 1, the council ranked items 16 thru 25. Hear their reasoning, along with a peak at which items are being considered higher up the list.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:43am EDT

Merry Christmas from Seeing & Believing! As our special gift to you, please enjoy this all Star Wars episode, in which we discuss the peculiar magic of the Star Wars universe and then launch into a review of the latest entry in the saga: The Force Awakens

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT

Do you ever grow weary of the overly sanitized and saccharine expressions of Christmas cheer? Many people do, causing some to rebel with darker forms of festivities. Zombie nativities, Krampus parades, a noose-hung Santa—these all made the news this season. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss these bizarre and scary elements of Christmas and offer a few recommendations for a meaningful holiday.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 10:22am EDT

What do you get when you combine the writer/director of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ with a satire of evangelical Christian culture? Wade and Kevin find out when they review the new movie from Jared Hess, ‘Don Verdean’. Then they continue their highlighting of 2015's underseen films with the post-Holocaust psychological thriller ‘Phoenix’.

 

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 1:11am EDT

Drew and Tyler chat with Cray Allred about the Philadelphia 76ers and their commitment to lose basketball games. We talk about the ethics of deliberate losing and the importance of learning to be content in all circumstances.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Shakes. Oils. Bags. Kitchen gadgets. Food. Vitamins. Skin care. These are just a few of the products sold in the $34 billion multilevel marketing industry—one dominated by women as both the buyers and sellers. Why does this business structure have such appeal among women and especially among Christian women? How does this model affect our friendships and our Gospel witness? Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Kate Shellnutt, Christianity Today associate editor and Her.menuetics blog editor, to discuss the phenomenon. 

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The end of the year is approaching, which means that Wade and Kevin get to play catch-up on some of 2015's lesser-seen films. This week they highlight the extremely unconventional Christmas movie Tangerine. But first, they climb into the ring with the latest entry in the Rocky Balboa saga: Creed. Is this one a worthy addition to the most famous boxing-movie franchise of all time?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:23am EDT

Drew and Tyler chat with D.L. Mayfield about the final Hunger Games film, Mocking Jay Part 2. We chat about how the film challenged us to acknowledge the suffering of others, we chat about our nations current Dystopia, swap stories about what we learned about the end times growing up, and discuss the importance of acknowledging and engaging real world suffering.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Every Christmas, consumer spending skyrockets. We are really good at buying a lot of stuff. Gifts, decorations, food, travel—Christmas is an expensive celebration. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss traditions, shopping, the pressure to spend, and what contributes to our personal budget standards (which are always justified and reasonable, of course). 

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:44pm EDT

We cover a couple tracks from Logic's new album, "The Incredible True Story". With some help from quotes he's given, we try to parse out his worldview, which veers somewhere between positive thinking and the word-faith movement.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The Netflix/Marvel collaboration marches onward with the much-anticipated first season of Jessica Jones. Wade and Kevin review the season's thirteen episodes and discuss whether the series has legs. They then switch their attention to one of the most prominent films currently in theaters: the based-on-reality journalism drama Spotlight.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:18am EDT

Drew and Tyler chat with Val Dunham about her recent column: Touchdown Jesus: Peyton Manning Is Like a Breath, His Days a Fleeting Shadow. We talk about the temporal nature of our human bodies, our fascination and objectification of the bodies of elite athletes, and the inherent value of the body. We also talk about the toll contact sports often take on our bodies and consider what it looks like to think Christianly about sports which damage the human body.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

An Ounce of Persuasion fast-chat episode with Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discussing how men and women express humor, ideas, and confidence. How we communicate speaks volumes about who we are as individuals and can be a powerful force for shaping the way men and women express themselves in our spheres of influence.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 1:53am EDT

Hannah Anderson joins us to talk about the Broadway production of Hamilton, and how it is helping her to fall in love with hip hop. We talk literature/craft, the enlightening impact for its hearers, and some of the challenges of diving into hip hop as a new fan.


Wade is joined by guest Elijah Davidson (Reel Spirituality) this week to talk The Hunger Games franchise, as well as review Mockingjay Part 2. Is the odds in this film’s favor? Maybe.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:11am EDT

Thanksgiving is here! We know it’s about more than turkey and all the trimmings, but the eating can easily overshadow the thanks-giving this day is meant to prompt in us. In this episode, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss holiday traditions, the good and bad of the recent gratitude movement, and how to cultivate a heart of thanksgiving. 

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

Sam and Cray break down some news about wedding-crashing Kendrick Lamar and the now-presidential Pusha T, and then listen closely to Chance the Rapper's "Angels". It's an ode to Chance's community, including family, loved ones, and his local church. We also wonder if the rapper's vow to remain unspotted by the music business, a pure son of his city, is realistic.


Wade and Kevin introduce a new segment in this week's episode, as each of them secretly selects a TV show that the other hasn't seen and tries to sell him on it. Plus, they dive into Aziz Ansari's (of Parks & Recreation fame) new comedy series for Netflix, Master of None.

 

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

Drew and Tyler chat with Nathan Valle about his recent article "When Serving The Government Gets in the Way of Serving God." We chat about the danger of conflating American interests with kingdom work. We relate Nathan's article to the current Syrian refuge crisis and talk about what it looks like to cultivate a kingdom mindset about these things.
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Category:digest -- posted at: 10:25am EDT

An Ounce of Persuasion fast-chat episode with Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discussing the spread of “NPR Voice,” a speaking style that is attributed to NPR broadcasters but is growing in popularity among speakers on every platform. What do we lose when everyone tries to sound the same?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

CAPC legend Brad Williams joins Sam and Cray to talk about his appreciation for Kendrick Lamar. Brad explains how he got hooked on Lamar, and how he learns about others through intentional listening.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:11am EDT

The guys are joined this week by critic and Bond expert Ryan Holt to talk about all things James Bond before jumping into a review of the latest Bond adventure, SPECTRE. As one of the longest-running film franchises in history, what distinguishes the superspy from other franchise heroes? What should viewers make of the series' well-documented issues with sexism and racism? And, of course, which Bond is the best Bond?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:55am EDT

Drew is joined by co-host Tyler Burns and Luke T. Harrington to talk about one of his regular column pieces.  The crew discusses California yuppies and culture around the organic food store chain including the outrage of the new budget 365 by Whole Foods experiment. The discussion continue to the story of Jesus and the rich young ruler and relating it to the inherent wealth the majority of American's enjoy when compared globally. Internet outrage, online petitions and finding a church that challenges you is all part of this episode of the Digest.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

Sexual sin is devastating to relationships. Often discussion and support is centered on the one who has gotten caught up in the sin. But what’s the fallout for the one who was betrayed? Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson host a special listener who shares her experience of betrayal, the turmoil of healing, and the redemption God has brought to her marriage. 

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

Before comparing Black Milk's lament in "Leave the Bones Behind" to Psalm 137, Sam and Cray look at the spiritual hip hop radar: blaspheming Yeezus, Drake and culture vulturing, Ben Carson's rap ad, and more.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 11:10am EDT

It's here! The episode in which Wade and Kevin review the film handpicked by you, the listeners. Woodlawn, The Last Witch Hunter, Jem and the Holograms, or Suffragette. One of these films gets a thorough review. But first, the guys ready their walking-and-talking shoes for their discussion of Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin's biopic of Steve Jobs.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

Drew and Tyler chat with S.D. Kelly about her recent column on the "evangelical" fascination with Donald Trump. We chat about the power and influence of money on Christians and their political leanings, and Christ's teaching on money.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 11:43pm EDT

An Ounce of Persuasion: A fast-chat episode with Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discussing the bane of school fundraisers. Is it ethical for corporations to recruit our children for their sales force? Is there a way to support local schools without having to purchase kitschy trinkets and unappetizing frozen foods? Can we change the world?!?! (Anything is possible.)

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We return to Watch the Throne, trying to decide if "Made in America" completes a spiritual bookend started with "No Church in the Wild". There is either more to the success of Jay Z and Kanye than the riches they revel in throughout the album, or they're content to celebrate hollow wealth alongside some of the most prophetic civil rights figures. We hope it's not the latter.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 6:44am EDT

It's a big day for at least one of Seeing & Believing's hosts as they review Kevin's most anticipated film of the autumn: Crimson Peak. Does it live up to expectations? They're joined by special guest Blake I. Collier, who then lends his horror-movie expertise to a discussion of the horror genre: how does it intersect with the Christian faith?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:49am EDT

New co-host, Tyler Burns, joins Drew to geek out with special guest Paul Miller about the new Star Wars trailer and to disect the relationship between Luke and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. We discuss why the film has such a strong appeal to Christians, its ties to Greek tragedy, and what Christians can learn from it.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

If the pursuit of fame has become our newfound American pastime, the exploitation of it is our new profession. But how should the famous manage their status? How should the public behave toward celebrities? Why do we so long for special recognition and treatment? Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss how we fuel to the cult of celebrity by how we respond to the famous and pursue the spotlight for ourselves. 

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:41pm EDT

Sam and Cray play catch up after their time off. They round up hip hop news from the last few weeks: is Dee-1 being persecuted by his own label? Native American culture meets hip hop. Mac Miller as an extension of human brokenness. Are songwriters underappreciated in rap? Drake as understood by college kids.

And finally, Cray gets grumpy about a pet peeve and the k-os track "Crucify".

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 1:40am EDT

Tom Hanks plus Steven Spielberg -- is it still as much of a surefire combination as it once was? Wade and Kevin review the new BRIDGE OF SPIES to find out. Then they investigate the two sides of Spielberg: prestige filmmaker and populist entertainer. Which one is the "real" Spielberg? And at the end of the day, what ultimately characterizes a "Spielberg film"?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

What happens when the Gospel is packaged a little too well? Socality found out when its feed inspired the parody Instagram account Socality Barbie. Its popularity proves that Although the digital world makes it possible for us to craft beautiful stories and images for ourselves and our faith, the pieces may not add up to the watching world. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson hash out the weakness and danger of one dimensional stories and the importance of telling the truth in all spaces.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 1:57am EDT

This week, Wade and Kevin review the much-buzzed-about SICARIO, Denis Villeneuve's controversial thriller about the shadowy war between the United States government and Mexican drug cartels. Shot by the great cinematographer Roger Deakins, the film puts the guys in mind of Deakins's fine work on other films, and they share their picks for the best-looking Deakins movies of all time.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 2:07am EDT

An Ounce of Persuasion: A fast-chat episode with Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discussing “courtesy dates”—the convention in Christian dating which women are urged to accept a date from any man who asks out of courtesy. Is this Christian kindness to a brave guy or merely a slow rejection?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:16pm EDT

It's a special week on Seeing and Believing, as the guys sit down for an interview with Jonathan Raymond, screenwriter of the great MEEK'S CUTOFF, WENDY AND LUCY, and OLD JOY. After delving into the details of the craft of screenwriting, Wade and Kevin turn their attention to THE MARTIAN and a different kind of craft: that of staying alive on Mars long enough to be rescued, armed only with Matt Damon's science skills.

Music interlude by Yo La Tengo, "Leaving Home," from the soundtrack to OLD JOY.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

In the New York Times best-seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, author Marie Kondo outlines her approach to transformation via decluttering and keeping only what sparks joy. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the tenets of Kondo’s book and how we can find greater joy in our daily tasks by working to create beauty instead of hurrying through our mundane chores.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 10:10pm EDT

Sam and Cray weigh in on the new Mac Miller album and the track "Ascension". Mac sounds like he believes he's reached a higher spiritual plane, but does he really believe that? Cray also drops the bombshell that this is the last podcast of Sunday OldSkool......for one week. The SoS studio is getting a makeover and the crew is taking a week off to get the new gear in place and broken in. They also round up some happenings in the rap world and apologize for incorrectly using the word, "requisite."

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:09am EDT

It's fall, which means lots of new television shows. Wade and Kevin take a look at two of them: ABC's "The Muppets" and Fox's "Minority Report." Being based on preexisting properties, both shows have tough acts to follow. Do they succeed or falter?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 1:03am EDT

The CAPC Digest #30: Fathers in Videogames with Jonathan Clauson

This week, Managing Editor, Tyler Glodjo joins Drew to chat with Jonathan Clauson about his recent article, “Fathers in Videogames: Seeing Ourselves on Screen.” They chat about how fathers are generally portrayed in media and what we can learn from this. We argue about whether or not Joel from The Last of Us is a selfish jerk and close by sharing our favorite game dads and what we have gained from them.

 

 

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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Favorite books. The Pope. Obama’s faith. SEX. Persuasion listeners submitted questions covering these topics—and more!—for Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson to answer on this Ask Us Anything episode. 

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This week, Drew chats with Hannah Anderson about the TV series Broadchurch and what we can learn from it about the value of confession, not just personally before God but communally between one another in the church. We consider how we might cultivate vulnerable relationships with others in the church and even how we might encourage pastors to practice and benefit from communal confession.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina was recently belittled by fellow candidate Donald Trump—but not for her policy or platform. Rather, Trump attacked the look on her face. Whether Trump meant her measure of beauty or her countenance, the remark raises the age-old question of society’s expectation that women present a smiling face to the world. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss Fiorina’s brilliant response to Trump, as well as the Stop Telling Us to Smile campaign that is meant free women from the need to smile their way through life. 

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In part two, Doc breaks down the bulk of Scarface's "Deeply Rooted" album with us, which crescendos on the interesting if incoherent track, "God."

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 9:34am EDT

M. Night Shyamalan is back with his latest spine-tingler, and Wade and Kevin want to know: is it any good? But first (what a twist!), they each talk about their personal favorite film from Shyamalan's filmography, discussing what made him great as a director and what could make him great again.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 8:58pm EDT

Wade Bearden joins Drew and Bradford this episode of the Digest to talk about the Late Night wars. Leno and Letterman are now gone and with them the tense feelings of bitterness and competition. The team discuss Colbert getting deep with his guests while Fallon is appealing to the everyman with his genuine personality.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Custom hearses, parade processionals, destination funerals—these are the latest trends in the funeral industry. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss our culture’s growing fascination with end-of-life gatherings devoid of traditional services and mourning, raising the question of the need and purpose of grieving our losses.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:19am EDT

In part one, Doc shares what it's like to be a producer and how he found his way into producing for CCM artists. We also discuss Scarface's career and his new album, "Deeply Rooted".

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 8:41am EDT

What if Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey ended not with a joyful reunion but with the dog apocalypse? Wade and Kevin review the new Hungarian film White God, which explores just that possibility. The guys then look ahead to offer their picks for what autumn films people should keep an eye out for.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

Conversations about sexual sin happen most often in same-gender circles: men with men, women with women. Recent scandals, however, reveal much more is needed if we are to gain ground against this mighty foe. Erin Straza, Hannah Anderson, and Joe Rigney continue their series in the wake of Ashley Madison by discussing how men and women can begin battling together against sexual sin through honest conversation, bold confession, and amazing grace.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Cray and Sam listen to the spiritual framework for D'Anelgo and the Vanguard's "Black Messiah" album. The dueo discusses whether the R&B singer is co-opting the Christian tradition or honoring it. THEN, we offer our unique interpretation on the album's song structure--it involves TIME TRAVEL.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:54am EDT

Stephen Colbert and his new position as host of CBS's "The Late Show" after the departure of David Letterman is the topic of discussion as the guys are joined this week by Dallas-area standup comedian Taylor Johnson. What makes Colbert's comedic sensibilities so unique, and how does his Catholic faith inform it? How is his show going to fit into the current late-night landscape? And will Conan O'Brien send a certain bear after him?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 9:25am EDT

This week, Drew and Brad chat with Matthew Loftus about his recent article, “How to Defund Planned Parenthood.” We talk about what it means to be truly pro-life, the challenges that would arise were Planned Parenthood to be defunded and how Christians might show love to their neighbors who are exploited through our current healthcare system.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Recent news has us cheering and jeering men for walking out society’s definitions of manhood. We cheer the U.S. men who stopped a gunman in France, touting their courageous and self-sacrificing act. And we jeer the millions of men exposed as Ashley Madison account holders, blasting their self-serving and deceitful behavior. In this episode, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson explore definitions of manhood, how they shape our expectations of men, and the ways that men often behave more like boys.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Mary McCampbell joins the show to look back at the legacy of soul music and Stax Records, finding similar currents of black spirituality and commercial appeal that run through hip hop today.

 

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 5:21pm EDT

It's another Documentary Week on Seeing & Believing! The guys review Crystal Moselle's The Wolfpack, a fascinating dive into the lives of six shut-in brothers and their enormous love for movies. Then things take a turn for the creepy with Rodney Ascher's The Nightmare, a horror-tinged examination of the often terrifying experience of "sleep paralysis."

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:29am EDT

This week, Drew chats with Little Rock Police Officer Tommy Norman and staff writer Mary McCampbell about how Tommy has shown self-sacrificial love to the people of inner city Little Rock. We chat about how we can earn the respect of others by listening to them so that we might actively serve them.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 3:53pm EDT

We meet others first through the body we live in, which may be why it’s so easy to become obsessed with them. In addition to grooming, exercising, dressing them, we are now able to nip, tuck, amputate and reassign genders to our bodies to make them whatever we wish them to be. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson talk about the cultural differences between biological sex and cultural gender assignment, Target’s drive for gender neutral toys, the Bruce to Caitlyn Jenner transition and how faith can both help and hinder our ability to live in the skin we’re in.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We decide whether a few common rap motifs (swearing, Bible references, praising God for secular achievements, and  Jesus pieces) are blasphemous or not, and then wonder what spiritual content the new Jay Rock album might bring.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Wade and Kevin review the latest Asghar Farhadi film to be released on American shores: the suspenseful drama ABOUT ELLY. Then they switch gears to review Bobcat Goldthwait's brand-new documentary CALL ME LUCKY, a raw profile of the confrontational comedian and activist Barry Crimmins.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 1:24pm EDT

This week, Drew and Brad chat with staff writer Ethan McCarthy about the high human cost of sports and the tricky business of reform. We chat about how the recent massive scandal that has rocked the world’s largest sports organization, FIFA, illustrates, in its own way, the realities of human sinfulness and the value of dying to self.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT

More and more, you’re encouraged to “say what you want to say” and to give all your secrets away. But can the call to transparency become nothing more than voyeurism? What role should the virtues of discretion and privacy play in our lives?  CAPC staff writers Val Dunham and Hannah Anderson discuss Donald Trump, reality TV, and the pressure to be “authentic.”

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:35am EDT

In part two, Armond Wakeup is on the line to discuss the profane balancing act King Los tries to accomplish with the "God, Money, War" album, mixing the holy and the sinful. Armond also shares how hip hop and faith have run together in his own life, and gives an insider's perspective on the types of spiritual and artistic stifling that encroaches the world of Christian rap.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 8:20am EDT

Seeing and Believing Ep. 25: Kevin Reports from the Glen Workshop

This week, co-host Kevin McLenithan sends us a special report from the Glen Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He’s joined by friends of the show Jeffrey Overstreet, Nick Olson, and Alissa Wilkinson to talk everything film. You know those conversations you’d like to be a fly on the wall for? This one is it.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Armond Wakeup joins the show to drop knowledge on the new King Los album, "God, Money, War". In part one, we talk about the album's intentionally conflicted view of materialism, its compelling portrait of a "Lil Black Boy", and whether or not Los has read William Blake.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 2:34am EDT

Wade and Kevin’s mission, should they choose to accept it, is to watch all of the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE films and conclude with their review of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION. Listen to the crew at Seeing and Believing as they talk the highs of the Tom Cruise espionage series as well as its lows (Mission Impossible 2). Plus, their spoiler free review of ROGUE NATION will let you know if this summer blockbuster is worth it.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This week, Brad is back with Drew to chat with Staff Writer, E. Stephen Burnett about his article “Challenging the Culture of Troublesome ‘Discernment’ Blogging”. Stephen shares about the culture of discernment blogging and how we might watch out for its pitfalls. We also talk about the rules of internet discourse and the care with which Christians should practice discernment.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Conflicts among Christians aren’t new, but the Internet gives us a new place to engage in them. Before a watching world, we air our differences on social media, call people to account in lengthy blog posts, and point out errors via video. Is this the best space for conflict to be resolved? Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the pros and cons.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

Eons D returns to the show to talk about Oddisee's latest release. "Book Covers" turns a simplistic moral into a complex meditation on identity, judgment, and politics.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This week, Drew chats with features writer Amber Stamper about her article “I am Atticus”: Racism and Vision in Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. We chat about Harper Lee’s new novel, its critical reception and what Christians can learn from it. We chat about how Christians might open themselves up to those who are different from them and listen to them so that they might participate in Christ’s kingdom work of reconciliation.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

What does Martin Luther have to do with Kendrick Lamar? Travis Harris joins the show to connect the dots for us, exploring how "Alright" and the doctrine of justification both offer relief from the burden of condemnation.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 7:24pm EDT

Have you ever wondered how to have a persuasive conversation about faith in today’s culture? Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson offer examples and guidelines for how to engage with others in a persuasive yet winsome way. Discussion covers winsome evangelistic techniques, the effectiveness of online witnessing, and the proper approach for engaging with people who hold different beliefs.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

It's the Hollywood franchise's world ó we're just living in it. Wade and Kevin are joined by Christianity Today's Jessica Gibson to talk about what they hope to see in films that are built around previously established characters or settings. They also review the Ian McKellen-starring MR. HOLMES, the latest film to focus on the most famous fictional detective of all time.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This week, Podcast editor Jonathan Clauson joins Drew for a chat with Amanda Wortham on her article “A Living Sacrifice: The Beauty of a Body Broken for Others.” We chat about balancing the value of beauty with the call to sacrifice ourselves, including our bodies, for the good of our neighbors and the glory of God. We also chat about prevailing attitudes about the body and modesty in the church and how we might begin to have healthy encouraging conversations about what it means to honor God with the temporal bodies God has given us.

 

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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Personality tests are all the rage these days, from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to the endless BuzzFeed quizzes. Erin Straza (INFP / The Hulk) and Hannah Anderson (ENTP / Ironman) discuss the wisdom and fun such tests can provide and address the concern of cult from a Christian perspective.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We circle back to Tupac Shakur, analyzing "Ghetto Gospel" this time around. Was Tupac really a vessel of the Holy Spirit while rapping? Was his message of hope and reconciliation undercut by his less seemly content? We discuss.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The release of Harper Lee's follow-up to her novel TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD has Wade and Kevin thinking about the 1962 film adaptation of that book and about literary adaptations in general. What makes for a good book-to-film adaptation? How important is being faithful to the source material? And does the beloved Gregory Peck-starring classic still hold up?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Drew and Brad chat with Wade Bearden about what Christians can learn from the way Jim Gaffigan talks about his faith. We talk about how Christians need to realize that they aren’t experts on everything as well as way Christians might intentionally get out of the “Christian Ghetto.”

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Category:digest -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT

Erin welcomes acclaimed novelist Bret Lott to Persuasion to discuss his latest release, a nonfiction work titled Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian. Bret shares his insights for an approach to art, calling, and writing.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We've been anticipating Vince Staples' debut LP for quite some time, so it's natural we would feature the double album's standout track "Jump Off the Roof" for a show. Vince is cold as ever, rapping about the suffocating cycles of addiction that close in on so many. We listen for signs of hope, and wonder if his view of love reveals his spiritual demands.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Drew and Brad chat with Luke T. Harrington about his recent Lol Interwebz column about Kickended, a site dedicated to chronicling Kickstarter campaigns that failed to receive a single pledge. We talk about crowd funding and the ethics of laughing at failed crowd funding attempts.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

With Netflix becoming one of the biggest heavyweights in the ring when it comes to TV shows, the guys discuss how the streaming giant's strategy of releasing an entire season of a show at a time is affecting the way audiences watch TV. And with season 2 of the Netflix original BOJACK HORSEMAN on the horizon, they review season 1 to figure out what makes Bojack tick.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Keeping up with the Joneses used to mean moving to a bigger home or getting the latest gadgets. Today’s tiny house movement may change all that, as people are reassessing their attachment to material goods. In this episode, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the allure of this trend as well as potential it has for asceticism and guilt.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 1:19am EDT

Communion. Grandma. Church. Candy. Sex? After putting Bobby Shmurda on the prayer chain, we discuss "Sunday Candy" by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experimen, a project featuring Chance the Rapper. It's a sweet, earthy song reveling in the joy of human love, which is enough to mess with our (dumb) prudish evangelical sensibilities.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

One of our most anticipated films of the summer, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, has a wider theatrical release this month. Wade and Kevin review the film, then use its characters' love affair with the Criterion Collection as a springboard to talk about Criterion's role in bringing beloved classics and little-seen gems to a wider audience.

Music interlude by Civilized Creatures, "Do What I Do Not Want to Do." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The CAPC Digest #19: The World Cup and Womanhood with Valerie Dunham

Drew and Brad chat with Valerie Dunham about her experience growing up watching the World Cup and her experience growing up and seeking to understand what it means to be female. We also chat about what the church can learn both from feminism and the soccer community . . . U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

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Category:digest -- posted at: 7:20pm EDT

From the Members Only Podcast Archive

Dr. Werntz, co-editor of “Corners in the City of God: Theology, Philosophy, and The Wire”, joins CAPC-ers Tyler Glodjo, Val Dunham, Tyler Burns, and Matthew Loftus to discuss the show.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm EDT

In the stunning opening track to his new album, A$AP Rocky conjures heightened spiritual language to describe his approach to life, business, music, and religion in "Holy Ghost". We discuss whether he comes out as anti-church or merely anti-prosperity gospel (like us).

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:05am EDT

This week, the guys feel all the feels in their discussion of Pixar's new film, INSIDE OUT. They're joined by novelist and CAPC columnist Jeffrey Overstreet as they delve into just how acutely observed the film's psychological conceit is and discuss where the film falls in their personal Pixar rankings.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Drew and Brad chats with Kyle Worley about the “local” craze, consumption, ecology, waste, and stewarding creation based on Kyle’s article, “Living Local with Slavoj Žižek.”

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Category:digest -- posted at: 10:54pm EDT

Female icons Elizabeth Elliot and Caitlyn Jenner are in the news, offering two versions of what it means to be a woman. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson wrestle out the issues surrounding these complex, complicated people and the definitions of womanhood they espouse.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In the second half of their massive best-of-the-decade list, the guys are rejoined by Nick Olson to count down their top five and share the honorable mentions that just barely missed the cut for their lists.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:36pm EDT

It's the first half of Seeing & Believing's top-10-of-the-decade extravaganza! Wade and Kevin are joined by Christianity Today's Nick Olson to count down the best films to come out between 2010 and the present. This week: numbers 10 through 6, plus a discussion of the decade's overrated films.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:38am EDT

Is the death penalty fair retribution for the guilty? Is it cruel and base retaliation? Is it a biblical mandate from God? There are no easy answers for such questions, prompting many of us to back away from the discussion. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss this complex and complicated issue with Stacy Anderson, executive director of Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and board president for the Nebraska Innocence Project.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 7:50am EDT

As we get closer to Kanye West's next album release, we thought we'd double back to a track from "Yeezus". "Blood on the Leaves" is just as much a whirlwind as the rest of the album, but it's one of the most accessible tracks for most listeners. Come for the beautiful, mesmerizing production, stay for the boundary-pushing ideas about race, sex, and popping mollies.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Drew chats with staff writer S.D. Kelley, staff writer and co-host of the Persuasion Podcast, about our obsession with reality TV. We talk about the “Christian” reality shows like Duck Dynasty and 19 Kids and Counting and the dangers of trying using Christianity as an evangelistic platform. Both Sarah and Drew confess their interest in reality TV and the guilt that ensues. They talk about the larger problem of celebrity culture and how we are all complicit in it.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT