Christ and Pop Culture

If you forget to post a life event online, did it really happen? Such a philosophical question is the basis of this episode of Persuasion. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson talk about our use of online platforms as a sort of repository for all of our life happenings, big and small, how they become an external hard drive for preserving memories, whether images or words, for all-eternity. But whatever we fail to record will be missing from our online historical record, in essence, it’s as if it didn’t happen. This generation’s use of a technological memory presents all sorts of quandaries and questions. Technology is forming us to be a certain kind of people… do we even know what we are becoming? An NPR article points to our desire for “digital transcendence”—a way of interacting in the world that cements our identities online, where we create the life we long for using our own hands… attached to a smartphone. Such devices are merely “digital extensions” of our selves and our minds, for who would we be without them? Do we know how to call loved ones? Do we know how to navigate highways or country roads? Do we lose a sense of joy without the digital cheers after posting photos of a delicious meal or the discovery of a beautiful place? Are we trying to capture a sense of self in ways that will forever elude 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: What part of online interaction is least satisfying for you?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

It's dressmakers and figure skaters on the show this week, but the movies being reviewed are anything but prim and proper. First up is Paul Thomas Anderson's much-anticipated new film, Phantom Thread, which stars Daniel Day Lewis in his swan-song role as a fastidious tyrant who makes dresses. Then the guys turn to the brash biopic of Tonya Harding that netted Margot Robbie an Oscar nod: I, Tonya. Will either of these films cause the guys to backtrack on their top-10 lists from last week?

Music interlude from the official soundtrack for Phantom Thread, "House of Woodcock."

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

Drew and Tyler are back in 2018 with CaPC writer Justin Cloyd to chat about his recent article “The Relatable Longings of Stranger Things and This is Us“. The discussion covers the concept of longing in both shows while the hosts share their thoughts on both series in general, and their hopes for these two shows going forward.


Each week the news seems to deliver yet another story about sexual harassment, assault, or abuse. The magnitude of accounts only confirms what victims already know: the weakest in the world are at risk when the worst among us are given power without accountability. But it’s not just those with power that keep corrupt systems in place. We all contribute to the culture when we refuse to listen to those who have been hurt and refuse to hold perpetrators to account for their monstrous acts. Is there hope for changing this culture of abuse and assault?

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza invites Christ and Pop Culture staff writer Abby Perry to discuss if change is possible and how we can work toward it. Key to the conversation is the way we listen to victims and horrific stories, as well as how we practice and model repentance. Our ability to face the worst in the world—and in ourselves—is the first step in making the world a life-giving place for us all. Learn about 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: 9:50am EDT

The guys try to balance out their emotions in the cold, dark days of January by reviewing an uplifting musical (The Greatest Showman) and a TV show about how technology will destroy us all (Black Mirror). Does the make-'em-smile spirit of Michael Gracey's treatment of P.T. Barnum's life help the guys feel better about Charlie Brooker's bleak techno-prophecies? Listen to find out!

Music interlude from the official soundtrack for The Greatest Showman, "This Is Me."

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:06am EDT

A recent Forbes article states that freelancers now make up more than 1/3 of the U.S. workforce. The category lumps together men and women who craft a nontraditional work life as well as entrepreneurs who take a chance and launch a business. The excitement of making your own work adventure comes with the stress of uncertainty. Financial strain, emotional tension, relational troubles, and more follow those who take the plunge into self-employment and startup life. And if you are married and have a family? How your work ebbs and flows affects them too. How can you navigate these choppy waters?

Author and Inc.com columnist Dorcas Cheng-Tozun offers her insight in this episode of Persuasion with Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson. In her new book, Start Love Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-Up World, Dorcas details how she and her entrepreneurial husband have survived and thrived in their nontraditional work life. Conversation covers everything from discerning marketplace trends to faith matters to spouses supporting each other for better or for worse. Learn about 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: If you could start any business, what would it be?


The most wonderful time of the year comes in January for Seeing & Believing, as Wade and Kevin finally get to share their ten favorite films from the past year. As a strong year all around, 2017 offers much to like. Will Kevin finally learn to stop worrying and love a superhero movie? Will Spielberg find his way back onto Wade's top 10 after a couple-years' drought? Will the guys agree about anything? All those questions and more are answered on this special plus-sized episode!

Music interlude from the Dunkirk official soundtrack, Supermarine

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

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 1:48am EDT

From travel intelligence and prophets to pets and knolling—we’ve covered quite the array of topics on Persuasion this year. Even with all that talking, there are plenty of things we didn’t say in 2017. The year was full of turmoil and unrest. White supremecy protests, political scandals, the #metoo movement, terrorist attacks, tragedies at home and abroad… these topics didn’t get slated for an episode this past year, and you may have wondered why.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson talk about the things they didn’t talk about in 2017 to shed light on their recording decisions. Recent articles have raised the valid question about women guarding their platforms by avoiding controversial or unsettling conversation. Is it possible—even for women—to have meaningful, sometimes heated, dialogue about tough topics? Erin and Hannah believe it is, but wisdom is needed for handling sensitive topics. 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 topics would you like to hear on Persuasion in 2018?

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

The Christ and Pop Culture Top 25 for 2017 list and ranking debate comes to an end with the second part of the show. Jonathan and crew return to rank the completed list in order from 25 to 1 in order of what they believe to be the best reflections of the good, the true, and the beautiful in pop culture.

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Category:the25 -- posted at: 11:54pm EDT

Jonathan is back, along with special guests Erin Straza, Luke T. Harrington, Tyler Burns, and newcomer Kaitlyn Schuss sit down for a marathon recording session to finalize the CaPC 25 for 2017. The pop culture events, people, movies, TV shows, albums, and more that defined 2017 in ways that reflected the good, the true, and the beautiful are molded into near final form in this two part extravaganza!

In Part 1, the panel has napped, been caffeinated, and then takes the list of nominations from our writer's group and decides amongst themselves which of the nominations are indeed deserving of inclusion. Wild cards will be brought in, nominations that didn't receive enough backing to make it onto the list are considered, and a the unthinkable happens when Jonathan attempts to remove Kendrick Lamar from the list!

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Category:the25 -- posted at: 11:49am EDT

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