Christ and Pop Culture

Wade and Kevin close out 2017 with reviews of two of this winter’s most anticipated films. First up is The Post, Steven Spielberg’s star-studded, timely retelling of the true-life confrontation between the Nixon administration and the Washington Post over news coverage of the Vietnam War and the Pentagon Papers. Then the guys dive into Guillermo Del Toro’s splashy new film, The Shape of Water, a fairy-tale-like story about the unlikely connection between a mute cleaning lady and a fish-man. Merry Christmas from S&B, and thanks to our listeners for tuning in during 2017!

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How’s your Christmas joy holding up? There are only days remaining before Christmas, but for many, the most wonderful time of the year isn’t always merry and bright. It’s full of extra pressures to create the sort of Christmas that wows on in crafting and baking and decorating. Which is great, if you are naturally gifted in these arts. If this isn’t your thing, you may wonder if you are ruining Christmas for your loved ones. Is it still Christmas if your gifts aren’t wrapped to match this year’s Christmas decor theme? What if your outside lights aren’t synched to blink with a custom song selection? And what if your gingerbread house is a hot mess and collapses into a heap? These may be ancillary, but so much of our celebrating employs skills many of us crack out only once a year, which can pile on stress in the middle of a season that should be filled with joy.

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss ways we put less pressure on ourselves to have a picture-perfect Christmas as well as how we can appreciate those who naturally shine in making Christmas celebrations beautiful. Learn answers to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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The most revered film franchise in history joins forces with the most ridiculed movie in history to rule the galaxyóor at least the podcastóthis week. Wade and Kevin review the long-awaited second installment in Disney's new Star Wars trilogy; they also take a look at James Franco's movie about the so-called "worst film ever made" and the oddball behind it. Whether you prefer samurai-wizards in space or long-haired weirdos with a tenuous grasp of human behavior, Seeing & Believing has you covered!

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Everyone knows about Santa’s Naughty or Nice List. If you are Nice, you get presents. If you are Naughty, you get coal. This tale is repeated every Christmas without fail, woven into our movies and books. It’s even perpetuated by the Elf on the Shelf phenomena, which traps parents into 24 days of elaborate elf happenings (mostly on the Naughty side, I might add), all to convince their children that the elf is track Naughty and Nice behavior for Santa. But what happens to those on the Naughty List? Are you stuck there forever? Does the slate get cleared every Christmas so we can start anew?

Such questions form the basis of this episode Persuasion. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss their own childhood experiences with the Naughty/Nice List and then compare that to the truth of God’s grace that changes us from the inside out. We embrace this hope for change for ourselves, but often we struggle to allow those we deem Naughty the same space for transformation. Is it possible those we place on the Naughty List don’t deserve to be? NPR’s Invisibilia builds a case that our behavior and personality are highly regulated by situation, and since we interact with others in the same contexts, we presume to know which list to put them on. What if people can not only change but are also actually much more layered and complex than we allow them to be? What if we are putting people on the wrong list? Learn answers to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

Be sure to answer our question of the day: What changes have you seen in yourself in 2017?

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The Deep South circa World War II and Los Angeles circa 2017 meet in this week's episode. First up is Mudbound, Dee Rees's film for Netflix about the entangled lives of two Southern families. Then Wade and Kevin turn their attention to Dan Gilroy's follow-up to Nightcrawler, the Denzel Washington-starring Roman J. Israel, Esq. How does Gilroy and Washington's legal drama stack up against 2017's best?

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Big news broke from the British royal family: Prince Harry is engaged to Meghan Markle, who is a U.S. citizen, actress, and humanitarian. The announcement produced an immediate frenzy of excitement from commoners wanting to know all the details, and news outlets were happy to oblige.

You may be wondering why this important when so much is wrong in the world today, so Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson share their hot takes in this episode of Persuasion. Is the British royal engagement watch a shallow distraction, akin to U.S. paparazzi celebrity stalking? How is Megan similar to her future sister-in-law Catherine and her finance’s late mother, Diana? Why does a successful royal marriage benefit society as a whole? Learn answers to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day: Is it appropriate to join in the royal engagement watch?

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In the wake of family get-togethers at Thanksgiving, Wade and Kevin review a pair of movies in which families figure prominently ... though that's about all they share in common. First up is Pixar's latest offering Coco, about a Mexican boy who makes a journey to the land of the dead. The guys then turn their attention to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the star-studded, gleefully profane film from writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges).

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For their Thanksgiving episode, the guys review two films that represent the full range of American cinematic bounty. First up is DC's latest mammoth entry into their burgeoning cinematic universe, Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon's Justice League. Then comes the real meal: Greta Gerwig's directorial debut, Lady Bird, a film that Wade and Kevin were both looking forward to this autumn. Do the two films live up to the hype surrounding them?

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The holidays are here! The many festivities and social obligations can be an added stress, but even more so if you have to go it alone. How do the unmarried people in our midst navigate this season that focuses so much on the nuclear family? Although family is a beautiful thing, it can sting the hearts of those who are single when holiday celebrations are seemingly geared only for those who are married with children.

To shed light upon this sensitive reality, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Gina Dalfonzo to Persuasion. Dalfonzo is an author and cultural commentator for many outlets, as well as a staff writer at Christ and Pop Culture. Her recent release is titled One by One: Welcoming the Singles in Your Church, in which she details the ways that we all can be more mindful about how we think about and treat those who are not married. In addition, Dalfonzo points out the untapped wisdom of singles and how their experiences have much to teach us. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day: For what aspect of the holidays do you need someone by your side, either literally or figuratively?

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Mysteries both paranormal and murder-y feature on this week's episode. First the guys tackle the second season of one of Netflix's most popular series, Stranger Things. They then go for a ride on the Orient Express in the company of one Hercule Poirot, the world's greatest detective.

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Wade and Kevin take George Clooney's version of a Coen screenplay, Suburbicon, out for a spin around the block. Did the Coens leave it in their drafts folder for a reason, or is this the film where Clooney makes a comeback as a director? The guys then turn their attention to Kogonada's Columbus, now available for home viewing. Is this Linklater-ish, Ozu-vian indie drama about architecture a worthy tribute to its eponymous town?

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Writing letters has fallen out of practice, and the loss of that art isn’t all we lose. Today’s digital communication is full of short-hand texting, gifs, and emojis—a far cry from the long-form letter scribed by hand. New modes of communication have their joys, but so too does the letter. It harkens back to an era when sharing ideas and feelings took effort and time; it was an investment in pen to paper, of heart and soul. And it echoes another time when life was, perhaps, more contained and less fragmented. It also echoes a certain sort of place—one that can be found today in smaller town or smaller circles where people are known in full and over many years. Is this sort of knowing of and investing in others possible in our digital age?

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Winn Collier to discuss all this and more. Collier is a pastor and author who sees value in slowing down and sharing things that matter in ways that won’t be soon forgotten. The discussion meanders in the best sort of way from penmanship to the arts to putting down roots. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day: What’s the last handwritten letter you’ve sent or receive?

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Considering the multitude of electronic entertainment and educational resources at our 24/7 access, few of us can even remember the last time we were bored. Every dull moment can be filled with a scroll through a social media feed or by catching up on e-communications or learning something new on YouTube. Mundane, boring tasks are transformed with the latest episode of your favorite podcast. (Ahem.) With all this stimulus, it is a rarity to experience true boredom, where we get to be alone with our thoughts and let our minds drift. Perhaps one the worst things about this constant stimulation is that we feel guilty for wasting time and we forget the value of having fun. It’s telling that our fun and silly activities often need to be scheduled and planned out!

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss our need for giving our minds a rest, whether that’s by being bored or engaging in play, and what we might be losing by engaging serious thought in every lull. Listen in to this quick take on how being bored may be a good thing, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Have you ever wondered if God really is love? Because there are times when He doesn’t adhere to the expectations we have for loving behavior. Few of us have made it through life without a trial that tests our faith in God’s unfailing love. Life delivers a sucker punch, rattling all the things we thought we knew about God’s love toward us. It raises the age-old question: If God is love, why did X, Y, and Z happen? Why didn’t God spare us pain and shower us with happiness? It’s in the trials that our faulty definitions of love are brought to light and we have to reconcile what we thought with what is true. Love is no simple thing.

To help us sort out these varying definitions of love, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Kelly Worral to share what she’s learned, which is detailed in her recent book, Pierced & Embraced. Kelly has done her own wrestling with God, trying to comprehend how the pain she’s encountered could possibly be part of God’s love toward her. This episode’s conversation covers the paradoxical nature of love, why we need trials, and how we can trust God’s love even in seasons of suffering. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Family dysfunction: the final frontier ... or was that space? In any case, the guys take a look at both this week with their reviews of Noah Baumbach's latest family dramedy The Meyerowitz Stories and CBS streaming's flagship series, the new Trek series Star Trek: Discovery. Which final frontier offers more surprises? Listen to find out!

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According to an NPR report, a pie craze has descended upon our country. Pie bars and diners are all the rage, dismantling the lengthy reign of the cupcake. Is this good news? Should we mourn the passing of the cupcake? In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson have their first fight over which dessert is best and share a few confessions about pie making as a measure of womanhood. Listen in to this quick take on how pie may be our last hope for national unity, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our questions of the day: Are you #teampie or #teamcupcake? What kind of pie best represents you?

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Wade and Kevin sit down to review the new sequel to Ridley Scott's classic Blade Runner this week, exploring its themes of creators, creations, and the nature of the soul. Does it live up either to the hype or to its predecessor? They then turn their attention to an awards-season hopeful, Marshall, the true story of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall's days as a lawyer fighting on behalf of the wrongfully accused for the NAACP. Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad star!

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This episode finds Drew and Tyler reflecting on Kendrick Lamar with R. S. Naifeh. R.S. penned an article for Christ and Pop Culture entitled, Kendrick Lamar's Real God which discusses a reversal of a popular Christian saying, "God is Real". The phrase Lamar uses, “real is God,” comes from Kendrick’s first major studio album, Good Kid, MAAD City. 

The discussion that follows breaks down the theology of Kendrick Lamar and how it can appear from different cultural perspectives. Songs like, "Alright," are examined to show how the formative years of Kendrick influenced his influential work.

How we consume entertainment and what we glean from it wraps up the discussion on Kendrick Lamar.

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Tom Cruise has come a long way from his <em>Top Gun</em> days, when he played a cocky pilot who doesn't play by the rules. In his latest film, however, he's playing ... a cocky pilot who doesn't play by the rules, but this time there are consequences! The guys review the new film from Doug Liman, <em>American Made</em>, and then offer a retro review of Ridley Scott's 1982 classic, <em>Blade Runner</em>, in anticipation of the upcoming sequel.

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Today's lesson: How to Avoid a Scuffle in a Foreign Land. Most people long to travel the world for a glorious adventure, but few would include getting in a scuffle with a local as part of the goal. Although seeing the world is high on many-a-bucket-list, the ability to do so isn’t quite so easy, however, due to the time and money required to get overseas. These barriers to travel are a loss in many ways, one being the lack of experience many of us have in navigating cultures, languages, and customs that aren’t like the ones we know. Many U.S. travelers find themselves at a loss in foreign countries, unable to speak the language and unskilled in deducing situations that are uncomfortable and confusing. Such inexperienced travelers are seen by locals as either silly or irritating, depending on the etiquette breach on display.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson recap a tourist debacle in Nepal. The event, while frightening, is a launchpad for discussing the need to travel with deep humility toward people and places you encounter for the first time. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

Be sure to answer our question of the day: What’s your funniest travel blunder?

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Wade and Kevin play catch-up this episode, reviewing two foreign releases from earlier in the year. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's procedural The Unknown Girl, about a young doctor playing detective in order to make up for a serious mistake, is first up. Will this film join the ranks of The Kid with a Bike; Two Days, One Night; and L'Enfant as one of the Dardennes' finest? The guys then turn their attention to the latest family drama from Hirokazu Kore-eda, After the Storm.

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Special guest Val Dunham returns to the show to talk about the atypical representation of love in the Netflix Original Atypical. There is phrase used in the community of autistic parents and family members, "If you know one person who has autism, you know one person who has autism." The disability is something that varies in presentation from person to person making the goal of representation in dramatic television a challenge. Drew and Tyler talk with Val about her review of the show and how the oversimplification of of "love is a verb" is detrimental to Christians and all viewers can be. While the show is far from perfect with critics praising and lambasting, Val finds merit in the characters and the nuance found within that she can relate to as the mother of an autistic child.

 


How is it that a fish can bring hope and a puppy can bring joy? There is something special about caring for and tending to animals that help us deal with the stresses of life. In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson share some of their most memorable animal stories as they explore the ways that animals are a true gift to our families and lives. We’d love to hear your animal stories, the animal Instagram accounts you scroll through, or the latest hedgehog video you have on repeat. And visit us on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC to share a photo of your beloved pet!

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The guys tackle one of the most controversial films of 2017 in Darren Aronofsky's Mother!, an allegory about the darkness of the creative impulse ... or is it about God and the problem of evil? Interpretations abound as Wade and Kevin wrap their brains around this film. They then look ahead to the end of the year, counting down their five most-anticipated movies slated for release in the months ahead and sharing listeners' picks as well.

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If women’s magazines are any clue, beauty is the primary concern among females. Magazines are stuffed with tips for fashion, makeup, diet, exercise, skin care, and more. And when those don’t work, there are the more extreme measures such as cosmetic surgery and extreme dieting, all to force our physical form into a certain predefined shape. Even without these extreme measures, most women are well aware of the ways their own body doesn’t meet the beauty standards of our culture. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the ways that women chase after beauty. Covering everything from negative self-talk to fitness challenges to the price of good health, Erin and Hannah explore the ways that unreasonable standards have us chasing a form of beauty that isn’t real. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day!

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Back from their two-week hiatus, Wade and Kevin are welcomed back by a sharp-toothed monster clown as they dive into the new adaptation of Stephen King's It. Does it sink under the weight of its mammoth source material, or does it ... float? Then the guys turn to (slightly) lighter fare with their review of the full first season of Marvel and Netflix's The Defenders, which brings together the four superheroes from their separate series for a big ol' punch-em-up.

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Our notions of house and home are elemental in how our approach to life. The modern age has made us more transient and outward focused, thereby weakening our rooted—to people and to places. At the same time, media entertainment, such as HGTV’s Fixer Upper, stokes our desire for a designer-like place to serve as the backdrop for our family’s memories. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Jen Pollock Michel to the conversation. Michel is author of Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home, and she has put considerable attention into the ways that home influences us individually and collectively. Whether our experiences of home have been positive or negative, our hearts desire a place of belonging and rest. This desire is really homesickness—a longing to be in the home God is preparing for His people even now. If you’ve ever wondered how gnosticism affects our sense of home or how Augustinian’s concept of rightly ordered loves checks nationalism or what the price is for seeing Church as family rather than home, this episode is for you. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day: What memory or emotion do you most associate with home?

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Sometimes single-minded focus on a goal makes you the endearing hero of a heist movie, and sometimes it makes you a weird technology addict with boundary issues. Wade and Kevin spend today's episode exploring both sides of the coin as they review Steven Soderbergh's return to the big screen, Logan Lucky (starring Channing Tatum as the man who would rob NASCAR blind), and Matt Spicer's debut Ingrid Goes West (starring Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza as an unhinged Instagram stalker).

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Do you ever feel judged for your parenting? Do you ever feel like everyone is watching you and thinks you are doing it all wrong? In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson address the weight of parental guilt in its multi-faceted forms. Identifying the impossible standards is a first step, and Bunmi Laditan (of Honest Toddler fame) put a humorous spin on the weight today’s parents bear. She listed the wide array of responsibilities (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, academic, health, etc.) that must be considered for a parent to be deemed worthy. As humorous as it may be, the reality remains: most parents feel judged for the decisions they make regarding their children. The pressure to make life all it can be for our children is a stress unknown to previous generations. Today’s parents need to be grounded if they are to rise above society’s expectations for what parents should and should not be doing as they rear the next generation. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day: What’s your funniest parental misstep?

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It's a special foodie-friendly episode of the podcast this week! Wade and Kevin open with a look at the third movie in Michael Winterbottom, Steven Coogan, and Rob Brydon's series about two actors (not-coincidentally named Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon) eating fancy food in Europe and bantering all the while. This year is also the 30th birthday of Gabriel Axel's classic <em>Babette's Feast</em>, which is as good a reason as any for the guys to revisit it for one of their retro reviews. How does the Danish film about food, community, and creative joy hold up, three decades on? Seeing & Believing is on the case.

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Wade and Kevin tackle Kathryn Bigelow's harrowing retelling of the 1967 Detroit riots, which focuses on the infamous Algiers hotel incident. Does Bigelow's latest succeed at the same mixture of drama and true-to-life events that has characterized her recent career? The guys then turn their attention to the brand-new HBO anthology series Room 104, produced by Jay and Mark Duplass. What do the initial two episodes signify about the series as a whole? Plus: listener mail and a capsule review of The Dark Tower!

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Advertising has done a masterful job informing us of the many germs are lurking among us—and how their magical products will eliminate the threat. These unseen microorganisms do have the potential to cause sickness and disease, so we are right to take precautions. In our homes we use antibacterial soap to wash our hands and disinfectants to clean our bathrooms. And then there are the habits we adopt for out in the world that readily echo Colossians 2:21: Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch! Some of these precautions are wise for avoiding unnecessary illness. But some of our habits and safeguards can be rooted in something other than scientific proof. Our personal preferences for cleanliness or the habits instilled in us from our family of origin all play a part in how we attempt to keep germs away. In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss typical germ standards that give us peace to live in a world full of unseen foes. Conversation touches on the Five Second Rule, hand washing habits, and sharing drinks. Listen in to this quick take on how we navigate the mysteries of the world and try to make ourselves feel safe even when we aren’t really sure if our efforts makes any difference whatsoever. Visit us on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC to share your germ-fighting rules and quirks!

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Fantastical sci-fi and realist drama share this episode together. First, the guys tackle Luc Besson's flashy space adventure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets with the help of special guest Ryan Holt, returning to the show after his turn on our earlier James Bond episode. Then Wade and Kevin turn to the Lily Collins-starring, anorexia-themed, semi-autobiographical film for Netflix, To the Bone. A broad, diverse film selection this week, on Seeing & Believing.

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Does social class affect the Body of Christ? That’s the question Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson address in this episode of Persuasion. In a previous conversation, class divides were discussed in regard to society as a whole and how social constructs keep us in our place largely through fear of shame and general ignorance in navigating unfamiliar social situations. What’s true for society at large is also true for our Christian sub-culture. Even within the Church, where unity is the goal, class divides us. Leadership and discipleship is shaped and geared toward upper-class tastes—primarily because of the dollars that are funding these packaged expectations for pursuing spiritual formation. What do we lose when the Haves in the Church are functioning a part from the Have-Nots? Where do you see social barriers negatively impacting the Body of Christ and our Kingdom calling? In what ways do our learned social behaviors send the message that outsiders are not welcome in our church community? Listen in to all these questions and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day: Where do you see class divides at work in the church?

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Summer blockbuster season may not seem like a natural fit for two war movies in the theater at the same time, but that's what is on the docket this week at Seeing & Believing. First up is Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan's lean, harrowing treatment of the WWII-era evacuation at Dunkirk. The word "masterpiece" has been used to describe the film; does the film merit such praise? Then the guys turn their attention to War for the Planet of the Apes, a film that's farther removed from reality than Dunkirk is, yet is no less serious about its central conflict.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:01pm EDT

Wade and Kevin tackle one of the most buzzed-about indie films of the year with David Lowery's A Ghost Story, a tale about one man's odyssey through time and memory after death. Then they make a foray into rom-com territory with The Big Sick, the film written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon about the true story of their relationship.

Music interlude by Dark Rooms, I Get Overwhelmed, from the A Ghost Story official soundtrack.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 8:59pm EDT

20 years later Radiohead's album OK Computer still manages to feel fresh  and relevant to today's social media, quick to react culture. The new "I Promise" track from the album that has languished in the unreleased catalog of the band, was released with a new music video that Cameron McAllister talks about with Drew and Tyler in this week's episode. 

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Category:digest -- posted at: 3:23pm EDT

Social divides are present in every culture. If you want to be an insider, you learn to rules of the class and abide by them. Breaking the rules results in embarrassment or even exclusion. As an insider, knowing the rules gives you a sense of belonging with those in the group and even power over those who are not. As an outsider, the rules may be confusing or impossible to abide by—making movement between classes difficult at best. New York Times Op-Ed columnist David Brooks recently wrote about a common class barrier: fancy sandwich shops with obscure names that only upper-class types understand. Such naming structures cater to a certain crowd (the first step in savvy marketing and business strategy) but also serve to keep class divides in place by making those outside too uncomfortable to venture in. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson cover everything from faux pas to class snobbery to the structures that keep us in our place. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day: What’s your most embarrassing faux pas?

 

 

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:15pm EDT

Seeing & Believing pairs the latest big blockbuster movie with an arthouse release in this week's episode. First, the guys review the sixth Spidey movie in fifteen years with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Does the latest installment, starring relative newcomer Tom Holland and a devious Michael Keaton, bring anything new to the webslinging table, or is it just one more entry in an overexposed franchise? Then they turn their attention to the little-seen but much-lauded Personal Shopper, Olivier Assayas's take on the ghost story that is finally receiving a VOD release. Does the film live up to the critical hype? All these questions and more on this week's episode!

Music interlude by Michael Giacchino, Theme (from Spider-Man), from the Spider-Man: Homecoming official soundtrack.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:34pm EDT

If you’ve read the Bible, you’ve likely encountered some strange and confusing passages. The accounts tell us of terrible atrocities and injustices, often with little commentary condemning the behaviors our hearts and minds rail against. And many times, women are the ones suffering the fall out. All this raises concerns, especially among women, of the place the Bible should hold in matters of life and faith. Does the Bible endorse harmful treatment of women? Can modern, rational women embrace the Christian faith? To help us with this discussion, Wendy Alsup joins this episode of Persuasion with Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson. Alsup’s recent book addresses the common questions raised in her book Is the Bible Good for Women?: Seeking Clarity and Confidence Through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture. The conversation here begins with the narrative arc of Scripture and why the Bible is not simply a moralistic guidebook. Listen for discussion on all these questions and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day: What Bible passage about women is most baffling to you?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

What better way to celebrate the week of the Fourth of July than with movies about the Civil War and about cannibalism? Sofia Coppola's latest film centers on a group of women in the Deep South who must contend with the intrusion of a wounded soldier in their midst, while Ana Lily Amirpour (of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night fame) offers a vision of a postapocalyptic wasteland in which rejects from the United States form their own savage societies out in the desert. Let the guys bring a patriotic tear to your eye in this episode of Seeing & Believing.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:52am EDT

If life is like a dance, then safety is the move of the decade. Bad things happen, and we start the safety dance, trying maneuver ourselves and our loved ones away from danger. We sidestep from life in an attempt to maintain a minimum safe distance from anything that could potential inflict harm. But in this world, there is no place that’s 100% safe. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson attempt to sort out our society’s near obsession with being safe. From safety drills to showering during storms to overseas travel, safety concerns dictate our lives and elevate safety as our top priority in life—even above and beyond our call to trust God with the number of our days. What happens when we worship at the alter of safety? How do we relax into living this life, despite the danger? How can we survive the guilt when bad things happen and we’re chastised for not taking greater precautions? Listen for discussion on all these questions and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day: What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve done in the name of safety?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

What do shades-wearing bank robbers and mutant livestock have in common? They're both featured in this week's episode, as the guys review the new hyper-kinetic heist thriller Baby Driver and the pretty darn weird girl-and-her-superpig fable Okja. Both were among their most-anticipated films of the summer seasonódo they live up to expectations?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

What if you could accomplish a full day’s work in only three hours? That’s the premise of a research study that affirmed what we already know about the law of diminishing returns: The more we work, the less effective we become with each additional hour of effort. It turns out the best practice for maximum productivity is to work in concentrated bursts followed by a short recovery period. This technique isn’t necessarily new. In the 1980s, Francesco Cirillo packaged it as the Pomodoro Technique, a time management method monitored by a timer to signal work and break intervals. (The name pomodoros is inspired by the tomato-shaped kitchen timer he first used.) Pomodoro doesn’t have a corner on the interval time management market. There are plenty of apps and books with recommendations to fit all sorts of work situations and worker personalities.

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the pros and cons of our busy lives and dream of the extra time (and energy) they would have by cramming eight hours of productivity into just three. Do you use a time blocking method to enhance your work productivity? Have you achieved a three-hour workday? Let us know on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the members-only community on Facebook. Thanks for joining the conversation!

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Superheroes, rap, and cultural seclusion go head to head in this episode of the CaPC 25 for 2017. Jonathan is back with special guests Erin Straza, Brad Vermurlen, and Andrew Whitworth to nominate WonderWoman, Kendrick Lamar's DAMN., and The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher.

Returning to the CaPC 25 from 2016 is Andrew Whitworth bringing the latest effort from rap artist Kendrick Lamar whose album To Pimp A Butterfly made it to #1 on The CaPC 25 from 2016. While lacking some of the redemptive themes from that album, the effort is strong in both production, lyrical content, and personal meaning that characterizes Lamar's work.

Wonder Woman, nominated by Erin Straza, brings the first super hero movie nomination to the list for 2017. Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster), the movie showcases a woman in the lead as both a human being, a woman, and a force to be reckoned with who can lead simply because she can. 

Rounding out the list is Rod Dreher's controversial book, The Benedict Option brought by Brad Vermurlen. The book harkens back to the ancient monk Benedict who taught seclusion from the world and its vices in the name of purity. Is this the option that the protestant church now must now discuss in the light of the pluralism now found in the land of the free? 

One of these nominations will make it on the list by the end of the show, but which one? Listen and find out!

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Category:the25 -- posted at: 6:48pm EDT

2017 is shaping up so far to be a great year for cinema! Wade and Kevin look back on the first half of the year so far and talk about their favorite moments and more. The talk also puts them in a nostalgic mood for one of the best movie years in recent memory: 2007. The guys list their top 5 picks from that year and speculate about whether 2017 is the new 2007.

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

Few who marry expect their marriage to produce anything less than marital bliss. But that bliss isn’t automatic—in fact, it begins in an unexpected place: personal discipleship. Since June is one of the most popular months to say “I do,” in this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite BJ Thompson to discuss the building blocks for strong marriages and how marriage itself is the backdrop for discipleship. Thompson shares from his experience leading Build a Better Us, a marriage discipleship organization that helps couples grow individually for the benefit of marriages and communities. Discussion in this episode is packed, touching on how strong marriages stabilize communities and why marriages are only as healthy as each spouse’s own relationship with God. Pre-marital counseling rarely prepares a couple for the refining they will face as honeymoon joy fades into the challenges of day-to-day life. That’s when the work begins, and perhaps that is the message couples need to hear: Saying “I do” is your commitment to lifelong refining and discipleship.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

Special guest David Lowery, director of last year's Pete's Dragon, joins the show today to discuss his hotly anticipated new film A Ghost Story, scheduled to release on July 7. He discusses both his creative process on this highly unusual movie and also what it says about humanity's place in the universe.

Then Wade and Kevin turn their attention to another much-anticipated film, Trey Edward Shults's post-apocalyptic thriller It Comes at Night. Music interlude by the Fisherman, "The Stalker." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0. Theme music by Alexander Osborn and Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:45am EDT

Raise your glass or coffee mug—we’re celebrating! Today marks the 100th episode of Persuasion. Over the past two years, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson have been starting conversations on everything from tiny houses to conspiracy theories to sexual sin. The topics have been as diverse as the guests who have come to share their expertise. In this celebratory chat, Erin and Hannah reminisce while inviting listeners behind the podcasting curtain to hear how Persuasion comes together each week. Podcasting has changed the way we  access discussion-based commentary, making it possible for shows like Persuasion to have a voice. Gratitude flows for the listeners who have tuned in over the past two and a half years to hear fine ladies, rational minds, and the best kind of company dish on pertinent ideas and issues. Has Persuasion stirred any conversations for you? Let us know on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the members-only community on Facebook. Thanks for joining the conversation!

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 1:42am EDT

This week, Wade and Kevin review the hotly anticipated Wonder Woman to see whether Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot can right the ship for the DC Cinematic Universe, but first they have the great pleasure to welcome Filmspotting's Josh Larsen back on the show! Josh sits down with the guys to talk about his new book coming out later this month, Movies Are Prayers, which contemplates cinema as a vehicle for crying out to God. Rate, review, and share this episode for a chance to a free copy of the book!

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

After a brief hiatus, Jonathan is back with a some familiar guests and familiar nominations. Tyler Burns, Luke T. Harrington, and Adam Bryant Marshall are on deck this week to bring 2 old nominees back with 1 fresh addition to the list going up against the underdogs. 

The Nintendo Switch is back with vengeance this week, once again championed by Luke with the key difference now being that Luke has one in his possession. 

Adam brings back the album A Crow Looked at Me from Mount Eerie hoping to succeed in putting this introspective album on the list. 

Tyler Burns shakes things up with a new nomination from author Colson Whitehead. The sixth album from the writer is entitled Underground Railroad but rather than tell a story about slaves escaping from the deep south through hidden basements, this novel is a work of fiction where there is an actual hidden railroad with box cars and tracks. 

One of these three nominees will make it onto The CaPC 25 for 2017. Which one will it be?

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Category:the25 -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

If you are like 75% of Americans, the neighbors next door are actually the strangers next door: only 25% of Americans surveyed knew their neighbors by name. Modern life contributes, of course. The pace is fast. Technology allows us to easily engage with people beyond our neighborhood. Much of our work and play is away from home. All these factors and more mean that we have little down time to chat with the people who live next door or across the street or on the other side of the fence. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson dissect how modern life has changed the way we interact with those who live in close proximity. But modern life doesn’t negate Jesus’ call to be true neighbors to one another.

So what does that look like in this day? Erin and Hannah share a few of their own love-you-neighbor fails and consider ways to overcome the stranger next door dilemma. Discussion wraps with a summary of Hannah’s 2016 article at Christ and Pop Culture on the kindness of Mister Rogers and how he modeled the sort of neighbor we should strive to be. Being mindful of the people in your neighborhood or in your daily path is the first step in getting to know their names and their stories, a small sort of kindness that our world needs more of. Do you know your neighbors? We’d like to hear about the ones you appreciate and the ones you want to know. Stop out on Twitter to answer the Question of the Day: Who are your neighbors?

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

It's a Netflix-centric episode this week, as Wade and Kevin review two exclusives from the streaming giant. First up is War Machine, the Brad Pitt-starring film about the conflict in Afghanistan that offers a jaundiced satire of war in general and generals in war. Then the guys turn to season 2 of Master of None, the comic-dramatic-romantic television show featuring the writing, directing, and acting talents of Aziz Ansari. Is it true that all's fair in love and war? Listen to find out!

Music interlude by South of Royal, "Never Be the Same." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

Theme music by Alexander Osborn and Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

Drew and Tyler chat with Rebecca Calhoun about her recent article, Moving Past the Purity Movement. We discuss our personal experiences with the purity movement and the lessons we have learned since then. We discuss the importance of making sure our teaching is marked by grace as well as how to encourage honest yet gracious conversations about sex in our churches and Christian communities.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 8:38am EDT

Get a double dose of America's favorite body-infesting xenomorph this week as the guys offer their review of the latest movie to feature a spacebound band of doomed souls, Alien: Covenant. But first, to get into the chest-bursting mood, they look back at the 1979 film that started it all. How has the series changed in its nearly forty years of dingy industrial space freighters, malevolent beasties, and uncannily calm androids? And how does the latest chapter stack up against previous installments?

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

 Graduation season is here! We all know the drill: the processional of robe–and-cap clad young people, the pomp and circumstance. And let’s not forget the commencement speech. The speaker is tasked with sending out a new batch of graduates with final words that encompass and sum-up their years of study. Most speeches are quickly forgotten, although a few standout due to the presenter or content. For example, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave an unforgettable address to Berkeley’s 2016 class, and it is praised as one of the best. David Foster Wallace’s profound 2005 speech at Kenyon College, titled This Is Water, was later published as a book. And powerhouse Bill Gates tweeted to all 2017 graduates his words of wisdom, proving that sometimes fewer words are just as effective as a 25-minute speech. In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson consider the typical wisdom commencement speakers dispense to graduates, which usually includes something about following dreams and refusing to settle for less than the best in life. The words are heavy on sunshine, but light in terms of helping graduates adjust to life beyond their college experience. Into that void, Erin and Hannah offer a few practical tips for young people as they embark on the journey that is adulthood.   
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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 10:19am EDT

In the digital age, working from home is no longer the prevue of the lucky few. Whether you crunch numbers or sell jewelry, more and more of us are experiencing the benefits of flexible work hours and short commutes. And while corporations tally the benefits in increased productivity and decreased costs, what does it mean for employees and for the home itself? What happens when the marketplace comes into our private space? On this week’s episode, author Courtney Reissig joins Hannah Anderson to discuss the plusses and pitfalls of working from home.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:09am EDT

Drew and Tyler chat with Jonathan Edwards about his recent article The Tragedy of Family ‘Fences.’ We discuss the recent Viola Davis and Denzel Washington film and its depiction of fatherhood. We discuss the film’s take on the destructive and deceptive power of sin. We also discuss how the gospel changes our perspective on family, even our family members who have most deeply betrayed us.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 9:46am EDT

Kevin is joined by special guest Melissa Tamminga this week as Seeing & Believing kicks off blockbuster season with a review of the new Guardians of the Galaxy. How do the latest adventures of James Gunn’s motley crew stack up against the first film. With that done, Kevin and Melissa turn their eyes toward the upcoming months and each offer their five most anticipated films of the summer movie season.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:03pm EDT

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Category:the25 -- posted at: 10:34am EDT

Being childless on Mother’s Day can be tough. Between family celebrations and church services, the day can take a huge emotional toll on the woman who is struggling with barrenness.

On this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson welcome Karen Swallow Prior to discuss her recent ERLC article titled “Called to childlessness: The surprising ways of God.” Prior speaks of the infertility she and her husband have faced and how God has affirmed that being childless makes way for another calling—one that isn’t about a lack of children but about a different kind of abundance. Both Prior and Straza speak of how they handle grief, feeling out of place, and insensitive questions. Discussion also touches on ways the Church can minister to women who are not moms, whether they are single, barren, or simply not sure they are called to motherhood. While the Church has rightly placed great value on the gift of children and the weight of motherhood, this has resulted in pressure for couples to pursue children no matter the cost or risk. Be sure to pop out to Twitter @PersuasionCAPC to answer the question of day: What kind of local support have you had from your church family in regards to our topic today?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

Pick your poison of near-future dystopias with this week's episode: grim authoritarian government regime or sinister-but-smiling tech hegemony? Wade and Kevin take a look at the first three episodes of Bruce Miller's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale. Does it do justice to the anxieties and complexities of its source material? The other dystopia is much sunnier but no less worrisome in its implicationsóJames Ponsoldt's filmic adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel takes a hard look at technology and social media's impact on society, but is there more realism or more hysteria in its musings on these themes? Listen to find out!

Music interlude by Run Maggie Run, "Lion Tamer." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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

Sorry, girls—if you wanted to be smart, you needed to be a boy. At least, that’s what recent research on gender stereotyping showed. In an article published at The Guardian, a new “study highlights how children as young as six can be influenced by stereotypes such as the idea that brilliance or giftedness is more common in men.” Those subtle assumptions have detrimental ramifications for females of all ages. Because being smart is something reserved for boys, girls begin to downplay their intelligence and question their God-given ability to engage fully, first in education and then in the workforce.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the ways that pop culture and society at large portray and relate to smart females. Covering various books and films that give young girls proper role models, Erin and Hannah highlight the need for girls to be encouraged to know their gifts and nurture them without shame. Pertinent to the conversation is recognizing different types of intelligence—not only mental, emotional, and spiritual, but also creative, analytical, operational, and so on. We have truly been fearfully and wonderfully made by a Creator who wires each of us to display His brilliance in ways that no one else is able. Be sure to pop out to Twitter @PersuasionCAPC to answer the question of day: What sort of intelligence do you most admire?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 10:24am EDT

Wade and Kevin do their best not to succumb to jungle madness as they dive into James Gray's spectacular new epic of exploration and obsession in the Amazonian rainforest, The Lost City of Z. Then they turn their attention to something a little lighter (at least in theory): the Anne Hathaway-starring kaiju flick Colossal.

Music interlude by Bear McCreary, "The Colossal Finale," from the Colossal Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Theme music by Alexander Osborn and Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:13am EDT

Tyler and Drew chat Jen Pollack Michel about her recent article “For the Love of S-Town” in which she reflects on the popular new podcast S-Town about a complex individual from a small rural town in Alabama and his complex relationship with his town. We discuss the importance of taking steps to actively love and empathize with people from places we find difficult and broken. We discuss the way the show humanized all its characters and even the way Brian Reed grew to appreciate them. 

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Category:digest -- posted at: 10:06pm EDT

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Category:the25 -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT

Is it OK to say you are enjoying life? With all the brokenness and suffering, it can feel rather callous to feel joy, take time to play, choose to laugh. Happiness visits, but pain is never far off. It tugs at our joy, weighing us down and reminding us that even if our current moment is light, others have overwhelming burdens… and perhaps instead of enjoying the moment we should be grieving and lamenting. As we learned in the classic film The Princess Bride, “Life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” Pain is real, and it isn’t going away until the age to come. So how do we balance enjoying the good times, despite the bad? Such questions can run us in circles.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Trillia Newbell to share her insight and unravel some of the confusion in regard to enjoying life. Trillia’s latest book is titled Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts (Waterbrook Multnomah), in which she explores ways we can experience joy despite the reality of pain. Find insight for savoring small joys without discounting the brokenness of the world, and then pop out to Twitter @PersuasionCAPC to answer the question of day.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

Wade and Kevin's heads are toward Eternity this week as they review Terence Davies' latest film, the Emily Dickinson biopic <em>A Quiet Passion</em>. But first, they take a look at a Japanese animated film that's been creating quite a buzz lately: <em>Your Name</em>. A lavish teenage romance and an austere literature-infused biopicóthere's something for everyone this week!

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 9:06am EDT

Tyler and Drew chat with Brad Williams about his recent article Stop Trying to Be a Man and Start Trying to Be a Good Man. We discuss some of the extra biblical definitions of manhood that are floating around the church as well as how we might encourage Christian men who might not fit the stereotype. Finally, Brad challenges us to ultimately pursue Christlikeness by pursuing peace, justice, and self-sacrificial love.  

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Category:digest -- posted at: 11:27am EDT

Adults reading kids stuff describes many of us when it comes to our literature preferences. Sometimes the heaviness of the world around us can make it difficult to pick up a book geared at adults be it fiction or non-fiction as Erin and Hannah discuss on this Ounce of Persuasion episode. Be it the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary, or The Giver by Lois Lowry there are a plethora of books for us to discover at our local libraries or Barnes & Noble. C.S. Erin and Hannah talk about their favorite books as they show us it is okay to be adults reading kids stuff.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 9:33am EDT

Pure Flix makes its first appearance on the show, as Wade and Kevin dig into the faith-based production company’s latest offering, The Case for Christ. Based on the bestselling apologetics book, the film has to get creative with how it adapts its source material. The question is, is it good? The guys then spend some time with Netflix’s new documentary miniseries Five Came Back, which tells the remarkable story of how five classic-Hollywood directors put their filmmaking prowess to use on the battlefields of World War II.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:16am EDT

This week's episode of The CaPC 25 for 2017 finds our managing editor Erin Straza pitted against Luke T. Harrington and newcomer for 2017, Mathew Loftus. Luke T. Harrington brings one of the most passionate and articulate orations in the history of the show for the Nintendo Switch console...which he neither owns nor has played. Meanwhile Mathew Loftus bring Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' to the table as the Christian film we didn't know we needed while Erin Straza tries to convince everyone that the S-Town podcast gives us an important and essential look into the human condition. 

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Category:the25 -- posted at: 8:46pm EDT

Do you know how to knoll? It’s possible you do and don’t even know it by name. Knolling is an organizational technique in which you arrange related items together by size, shape, color, or function and then display them in parallel or 90-degree angles. The term knolling came into use in the late 80s, describing the way a furniture designer arranged his tools at right angles as a way to prepare for his work. Knolling has grown in popularity over the past few years as photographers and creative types have adopted it as an art form. Instagram accounts and Tumblr feeds are full of knolling examples using food, tools, flowers, books, and more. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson look at the trend and why we are drawn to the symmetry and orderliness of knolling. Although the drive to knoll may be strongest in those who are natural organizers, it isn’t just for the neat freaks. Even the messiest among us see evidence of it, from a color-coordinated closet to a neatly aligned workspace or pantry. Listen in to hear how knolling can help and hinder us our work and being, and then pop out to Twitter @PersuasionCAPC to show us your knolling skills.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:13am EDT

The two films on today's show couldn't be more different. The first, Song to Song, is from the revered director Terrence Malick and concerns itself with the spiritual seeking of Texan characters in a numinous world. The second, Oz Perkins's The Blackcoat's Daughter, concerns the Satanic goings-on at a snowed-in prep school in upstate New York. The mystery: which one did Wade and Kevin like better?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

Disney’s 2017 live-action remake of its animated classic Beauty and the Beast has been all the rage—literally. Some are raging with glee, others raging with, well… rage. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson hash out all the cheers and jeers of Beauty and the Beast. Two controversies shape the discussion. First is the charge the film wasn’t feminist enough. Arguments have been raised of Belle’s captivity and oppression. There have been charges of Stockholm Syndrome. Eyes have rolled over using Belle’s ingenuity in developing a hands-free washing machine. Are these points valid? Perhaps this tale as old as time is beyond rescue and needs to be put to rest? In addition, the second set of charges came from some Christian leaders who were concerned about the “nice, exclusively gay moment” (so-described by director Bill Condon). Was the film appropriate for children? Was it promoting same sex attraction? Should Christians refuse to see the film? Hannah and Erin tackle these controversies and discuss aspects of the film that were enhanced or marred by the updated plot points for the 2017 release. Listen in to hear their hot takes on the blockbuster film and the fairy tale itself.

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Pull up a chair and be our guest on this week's show, as the guys review two recent spring blockbusters. The first film tells a tale as old as time, Bill Condon's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast hews closely to the 1991 animated original, but does it retain the old magic? The second film tells a tale as old as 1979: Daniel Espinosa's Alien-inspired sci-fi/horror flick Life skittered into theaters this past weekend. Does it blaze a new trail away from its xenomorph-filled forebears, or does it stick to formula?

Music interlude by Elvis Paja, "Ready for the Next Step." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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Today marks the 100th episode of Seeing & Believing! To celebrate this momentous occasion, the guys share some of their personal favorite S&B moments, laugh over the bloopers of the past, and put together a special top 5 list of their favorite films from the Sight & Sound Best 100 Films list. Plus, they dig into their listener mailbag and share well-wishes from some special guests. Here's to the next 100!

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

McDonald's Grand Mac, U2's 'The Joshua Tree', and Khalid's 'American Teen' are up for the 6th spot on the CaPC 25 for 2017. Special guests Skye Jethani, Drew Dyck, and Richard Clark join Jonathan for one of the most disorganized, non-political, and rule breaking episodes yet in the history of the show. 

Each week Jonathan and three guests nominate three cultural artifacts from 2017 for inclusion on our year end list, but only one can be added by the end of the show. Nominations and debates (and sometimes hilarity) ensue as everyone must come to an agreement about what best reflects the good, the true, and beautiful in pop culture. 

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Category:the25 -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

Can God’s Kingdom be built without missionaries? Well, it depends upon your definition of missionary and mission work and how these define our vision for making the Gospel known wherever we find ourselves. In her recently released book titled Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World, Amy Peterson asks questions like these, pressing readers to reconsider our notions of mission work and calling. Amy skill as a storyteller shines in this memoir of her “personal journey from wide-eyed adventurer to questioning believer to simply a beloved child of God.” Along the way, readers find Amy to be also be a stellar teacher who nudges her students to put aside worn-out ideologies in order to pick up powerful new definitions that will usher in God’s love. In this episode of Persuasion, Amy Peterson joins Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson to discuss Amy’s take on the American missionary myth and the outdated frameworks that limit Gospel work around the world. Relevant to this discussion is the way that mission work has been the outlet for women to freely use their gifts within the Body and how the changing landscape of missions work is connected to the Church’s uncertainty of a woman’s place in Kingdom work.

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He’s angry, he’s vicious, and he will destroy anything in his path. Is that a description of Wade or King Kong? Today on the show, Elijah Davidson of Reel Spirituality joins half of the Seeing and Believing crew to discuss Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ King: Skull Island. But, before the review, Wade talks with Elijah about his new book, How to Talk to a Movie.

You can purchase How to Talk to a Movie here. Use the promo code “INV50” before April 3rd to get 50% off!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:21pm EDT

Dark horror comedy, culture gardening tips, and instrumental music are up for the fifth slot on the CaPC 25 for 2017. Special guests Gina Dalfonzo, Tyler Burns, and Jason Morehead join Jonathan for a lively debate.

Up for nomination this week is the Jordan Peele directed film Get Out, the new instrumental album from Grails called Chalice Hymnal, and the book Culture Care by Makoto Fujimura.

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Dearest Target, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways! Target has everything we need for some serious shopping therapy. Known for its winning style and trendy decor, Target has become the go-to stop for chic home decor items and snazzy fashion accessories you didn’t even know you needed until you lost yourself its bright aisles. Despite the loyalty of Target shoppers, a recent article in The Atlantic raises a concern for its viability in  the online shopping age. Target has long been seen as a the quirky-cool brand that defies the typical disdain of big-box stores. That cool factor remains but only for those who cross the threshold to have a Target experience. Like many other retailers, Target is feeling the pinch in sales as many of us turn to the convenience of online giant Amazon for many of our regularly purchased personal items. With fewer reasons to stop by Target, we are missing out on the must-have seasonal items that make up Target’s bread and butter. In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss their love for Target and how the way we shop is shaping the sort of experiences we can expect in years to come. Will wandering around Target become a thing of the past? May it never be.

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Tyler and Drew chat with Chat Ashby about his recent article Dave Eggers’s The Circle: A Social Media Dystopia. We discuss the importance of privacy and our need to be truly known. We also discuss our investment in social media, Facebook in particular and how we might navigate that space more responsibly and Christianly.  

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Fancy yourself a prophet in the modern-day? It just take a bit of outrage, a pinch of wit, and platform to speak from—and, viola! People flock from near and far to engage in the chatter, praise your insight, and rally around shared tenets and beliefs. Jesus made it clear that a true prophet is without honor among his own people (see Mark chapter 6). But today’s prophetic voices are more often praised by the masses than hauled off for punishment. Oddly enough, today’s so-called prophets have adoring crowds who love the message—often because it cuts down those sinners, over there, while affirming the goodness of those in the prophet’s coterie. The stories of the prophets recorded in the Bible are quite different though—they spoke messages that burned, prompting the majority of listeners to reject the message and the mouthpiece only to sink deeper in to sin. Today’s sharp talkers are far from these portraits in scripture, causing us all to wonder if these prophets are called by God or merely self-selected.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite writer and thinker Sharon Hodde Miller to discuss her take on our current predicament. Miller recently wrote about the loss of prophetic imagination in the Christian realm and how that has rendered our leaders powerless to speak truth that will convict and usher in true repentance. Key to the conversation are the current events that have revealed many Christians to be more committed to political talking points than to biblical standards. If we are to pursue God’s Kingdom in today’s culture, we must develop our ability to speak disruptive truth so that together God’s people will lament over our collective sins and return to His ways.

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Special guest Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com joins Wade this week to discuss the first Marvel movie of 2017, Logan. As the swan song for Hugh Jackman's portrayal of the blade-knuckled hero Wolverine, does Logan serve as a fitting sendoff for the character? Another buzzed-about film, Jordan Peele's horror-comedy Get Out, gets the Seeing & Believing treatment as well, as Wade and Kevin examine its treatment of racial issues as well as its spine-tingling thrills.

 

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Drew and Tyler chat with Cameron McAllister about his recent article “A Question I Hope Ronda Rousey is Asking Right Now.” We chat about MMA and Rousey’s recent failures and what we can learn about confronting our own fear of failure. We also discuss how they gospel shapes our thinking about ourselves and keeps us from having to constantly worry about being found a fraud. We also briefly discuss the ethics of MMA.

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Category:digest -- posted at: 10:35pm EDT

Sarah Kelley returns along with Erin, Hannah and Val to add to the new list for the year. 

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Every evening, families across the nation face the drudgery of meal prep. The planners among us have a month’s worth of meals scheduled or a freezer full of ready-to-eat dishes. The rest of us do our best to choose a dish, gather up the ingredients, prep the elements, cook the meal, eat the meal, and then clean up. Meal planning and prep isn’t necessarily hard—it’s just so consistent. Every day it comes back to haunt and weighs on the mind. Savvy businesses have heard our weary cries and are responding with solutions. Meal kit delivery is soaring through companies like Blue Apron, Plated, Hello Fresh, and others. A subscription to one of these will get you a box of meals delivered to your door with a detailed recipe card and fresh, pre-measured and labeled ingredients. Another food trend that’s taken over Pinterest and social media is the Instant Pot. It’s a multi-use small appliance that transforms frozen food into a complete meal in like five minutes. Well, perhaps it’s not quite that fast, but users rave about its ability to eradicate meal time frenzy.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson dish on these latest food trends that are taking the drudgery out of meal prep. Pertinent to the conversation is assessing the gain/loss in preparing recipes devoid of family history or in meal prep that consists of tossing everything into a pot and pushing a button. Are we trading culture for convenience? Will we lose our sense of heritage when we are too weary to prepare family recipes that have been passed down for generations? These questions are worth considering, as food is a foundational component to our sense of self and to the community at large.

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Now that the Sundance Channel's series Rectify has wrapped up its fourth and final season, Wade and Kevin finally have a chance to discuss it. Does the story of Daniel Holden and his struggle to adjust to post-Death Row life come to a satisfying conclusion, and does the show as a whole live up to its status as the best Christian show on television, as some have called it? The guys then turn their attention to the latest film from Asghar Farhadi (and nominee for Best Foreign Film at this year's Oscars), The Salesman.

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Wade and Kevin are back in the Batcave for their latest episode, where they tackle the latest incarnation of Batman on the silver screen. Will Arnett's tiny, plastic Caped Crusader first appeared in The Lego Movie; how does he do when he has a movie all to himself? The guys then turn to discussing the upcoming Academy Awards: what was overlooked? What will win? And when will Amy Adams ever catch a break?

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If you’re feeling under the weather, it’s likely you’re also feeling guilty about it. Maybe it’s because we cannot will our bodies to behave as normal or how our absence will disrupt life for others. The guilt over being ill causes us additional stress as we try to determine how sick we must be to stay home from work or obligations. Is feeling run down a good enough excuse? Do we need to have a stuffy nose as well as a horrendous cough? It’s no easier to make such determinations for our children who may truly be sick but just as likely could be trying to avoid something at school. In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson bemoan the challenges of dealing with bodies that need extra care and rest, usually at inopportune times. How do we know when to admit our frailties and stay home to recuperate? Why does our society praise people who push through and gut out an illness while scoffing at those who admit they are only human? If you have ever felt guilty about being sick, this episode is for you.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 10:43am EDT

Tyler and Drew bring two guests onto the cast both of which wrote articles about Martin Scorsese’s film Silence. We discuss the film’s depiction of faith and doubt, its handling of Japanese culture, and whether Christians should feel responsible to support a film that so explicitly deals with the subject of faith.

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