Christ and Pop Culture
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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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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 10:23pm EST

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!

Music interlude by the Fisherman, "Autumn" 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: 1:49am EST

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?

Theme music by Maiden Name.

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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!

Music interlude by Hans Zimmer, Main Theme, from the Blade Runner 2049 official soundtrack.

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

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

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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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

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.

Music interlude by Vangelis, "End Theme," from the <em>Blade Runner</em> original soundtrack.

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

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 8:12pm EST

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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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 10:40pm EST

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