Christ and Pop Culture

Two genre films are up for consideration this week: one set in the farthest reaches of space, and one that hits uncomfortably close to home. Wade and Kevin do a deep dive into Us, Jordan Peele's follow-up to the celebrated Get Out. Is this new chiller as frightening and incisive as its predecessor? Paired with this film is the hard sci-fi film Prospect, created by indie filmmakers Chris Caldwell and Zeek Earl and recently hitting its home release.

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The guys lean into the rule of threes with this week's pair of films. First up is Triple Frontier, the first collaboration between director J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost), screenwriter Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty), and Netflix. Is this film's story of U.S. Army veterans turned heist thieves in South America successful? Wade and Kevin then take a look at the new film from Iranian master Jafar Panahi, 3 Faces. Panahi's penchant for metafictional gamesmanship is well established; how does his latest fit into that phase of his career?

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The human brain is an astounding organ that coordinates all of our intellectual, sensing, and nervous functions. It also stores our mental frames—the term we’ve been using during this series to summarize the collection of presuppositions and preconceived notions that point our thoughts in a particular direction before we even think of them. Our mental frames can lock us into patterns and ruts of thinking, but that doesn’t mean we are stuck with the same thinking for life. Because of the brain’s plasticity, it’s possible to experience renewed thinking.

In this episode of Persuasion,Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson wrap-up their Ready, Set, Think!series with a conversation about the way our brains can grow and change. And this is good news considering the frustration we can feel about our knee-jerk reactions and negative thought patterns. Because the way we think affects how we engage with our neighbors and cultivate grace in the world, Erin and Hannah passionately argue for Christians to explore the heart-level undercurrents that affect us unaware. Is it possible to experience that renewed mind referred to Romans 12? How does this transformation happen? Is there hope for renewed thinking? Listen in for dialogue on issues like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Seeing & Believing is back from its break with a big, bombastic episode. They offer their review of the much-anticipated Captain Marvel, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first female-led superhero movie and an integral building block in the upcoming Infinity Warsequel in May. To stay in the blockbuster spirit, Wade and Kevin also look ahead to the warmer months, which are brimming over with cinematic offerings. Which ones have gotten the guys most excited to see?

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In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Ready, Set, Think!series by inviting Laura Turner to the conversation. Laura is a freelance journalist covering religion and politics for outlets such as BuzzFeed,the Atlantic,and Politico,and she is currently writing a book about the cultural history of anxiety. Discussion for this episode covers the way that anxiety affects our thinking and decision making, how time scarcity infects our professional and personal pursuits, and why anxiety can actually be an entry point for God’s grace and power.

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In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Ready, Set, Think! series looking at the way our mental frames are shaped by the groups and systems we live within. Despite the way independent thinking is favored in our society, none of us are as detached and neutral as we presume ourselves to be.

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With Lent on the horizon, the guys take a look back at one of the defining Christian movies of modern times: Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. Gibson's film hits its 15th anniversary this year. Both Wade and Kevin are on record as having been powerfully affected by it at its initial release; a decade and a half later, has their opinion changed? Also up is the latest film from a favorite Seeing & Believing director, Asghar Farhadi. How does the Javier Bardem- and Penelope Cruz-starring Everybody Knows compare to the Iranian master's previous films?

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