Christ and Pop Culture

Today’s digital age means greater exposure to tech talk: and we mean more than just computer lingo and technological vocabulary. Every corner of our lives has its own set of words and phrases that makes plenty of sense to those within the system but have no meaning for those on the outside. The way we talk to one another either builds community or prevents it. Those who know the proper words and terms to use within a particular subgroup have a measure of power—and that power needs to be applied rightly, for the good of others. Understanding how our language creates or tears down barriers to community is critical for Christians in today’s cultural climate. And Christians bear great responsibility to display humility and create spaces that welcome outsiders, not only to draw them closer to Jesus but also to be effective ambassadors of the gospel. We must be aware of the tech-based talk we employ in our conversational spheres.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Talking about Talk series discussing the pros and cons of tech talk in our conversational bubbles. How does specific system-based language help people connect? How does insider language keep outsiders from participating? When is tech talk appropriate, and when do we need to adopt new words for a new era? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of day: What’s the most recent slang you had to Google?

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The guys get into the Halloween spirit by reviewing the latest entry in one of the most iconic horror franchises of all time: David Gordon Green’s sequel/reboot of John Carpenter’s classic Halloween. Is this new movie a worthy successor to the Halloween crown? Wade and Kevin also take a look at the beguiling South Korean Oscar contender Burning, a dreamlike thriller that features The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun and is based on a Haruki Murakami story.

Music interlude by ID4 Rustle, “I Dream of Gini.” Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:34am EST

Young men exploring outer space and old men robbing banksóthese are the two most common varieties of male, at least in this week's show, as Wade and Kevin discuss the two newest movies from directors who have gotten a lot of love on the show before. First up is First Man, the Neil Armstrong biopic that takes a look at the nuts and boltsóliterallyóof space travel. The guys then consider another biopic: The Old Man and the Gun, which may be Robert Redford's last role as an actor and certainly is an interesting encapsulation of his distinctive screen presence.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:44am EST

Humor can be hard to find with all the heartache we face in the world today. As the weight of life presses down, our ability to kick back and laugh shrinks—to our detriment. Research shows that laughter is still good and needful medicine, strengthening the immune system, boosting your mood, diminishing pain, and protecting you from the damaging effects of stress. Rather than humor being a sign of ignoring life’s troubles, its pursuit is actually a way to combat the world’s troubles from the inside out.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Talking about Talk series by inviting Ben Fort to the conversation. Ben has been writing, producing, and composing for theater and sketch comedy for more than a decade. As head of the Comedy Writing Program at The Four Day Weekend training center in Fort Worth, Texas, Ben nurtures and develops others in their creative comedy skills and projects. Erin and Hannah pick Ben’s brain about the role of humor, asking questions such as: What role does humor play in matters of faith? Is it possible to build up your funny bone? How has comedy changed in the #metoo era? Does humor work in mixed-gender company? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of day: Who is the funniest person you know IRL?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 9:44am EST

The biggest movie on the planet right now seems to be Bradley Cooper's Lady Gaga-starring remake of A Star Is Born, and Wade and Kevin are on the case. Is the saga of a singer's rise to fame and fortune, accompanied by Gaga's powerful voice, enough to put the guys under its spell? The review is accompanied by some big news: Seeing & Believing is covering this year's Chicago International Film Festival, and Kevin has the details of the coverage to come!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

Think back to the most recent social event you attended—it’s likely you had to interact with people you didn’t know well or don’t see very often. Those situations require us to call upon our small talk skills—and for many, such situations produce a certain amount of anxiety and discomfort. Being a good conversationalist requires us to start talking about something—usually something light-hearted or devoid of potential strife. Small talk sticks to the outer edges of ideas, often consisting of commentary about the weather or local news or inquiries about one’s family.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Talking about Talk series with a conversation about the social chit chat that causes many a heart to flutter. What is it about small talk that makes us so uncomfortable? Is small talk even necessary? What good do social pleasantries contribute to a larger conversation? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of day: Do you know someone who’s great at small talk?

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:55am EST

Terrence Malick's masterpiece The Tree of Lifeis back in a big way these days, as the new Criterion Collection release includes a brand-new cut from the director himself! Wade and Kevin revisit the film to explore how the extended edition changes Malick's vision, for better or for worse. They then turn their attention to a film that in many ways is the polar opposite of The Tree of Life: Jeremy Saulnier's meditation on human savagery, the Netflix original film Hold the Dark.

This episode has been brought to you by Kyle Matthews and the rest of our faithful Seeing & Believing patrons!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:01am EST

How would you describe your family’s table talk during your childhood? Was it lively or subdued? Was it friendly or feisty? Was it harsh or loving? Whatever it may have been, the conversational style of your family—both around the table and throughout the home—had a profound impact upon your approach to conversation today. Our families were the first to teach us vocabulary, pronunciation, and syntax—the building blocks to relaying information. But our families also modeled conversation—how we exchange ideas with others. And those lessons have lasting power, drawing us to enter dialogue in ways that mirror what we were taught—and what we caught—as children.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Talking about Talk series by sorting out the role our families play in shaping our conversational style. Home life teaches us crucial skills about relaying information, listening, negotiating, dealing with conflict, and being vulnerable. All of these are crucial conversational skills, which is why being an adept talker is about so much more than just stringing words together. It’s learning how to live life together for the good of all. Considering the formative impact our table talk has upon us, is it possible to learn new skills? Did our family’s communication style doom us to broken relationships—and therefore, a broken society? Listen in for dialogue on issues like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of day: What’s your family’s conversational quirk?

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:12am EST

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