Christ and Pop Culture

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.

Music interlude by Elvis Paja, "Geometry B." 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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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.

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

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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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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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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.

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

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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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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.

Music interlude by The Fisherman, "Out of Love." 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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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 EST

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