Christ and Pop Culture

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?

Music interlude by Danny Elfman, "Hero's Theme," from the Justice League official soundtrack.

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

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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.

Music interlude by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, "Escape," from the Stranger Things 2 soundtrack.

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

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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?

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: 11:53pm EDT

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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