Christ and Pop Culture

In the stunning opening track to his new album, A$AP Rocky conjures heightened spiritual language to describe his approach to life, business, music, and religion in "Holy Ghost". We discuss whether he comes out as anti-church or merely anti-prosperity gospel (like us).

Direct download: Holy_Ghost.mp3
Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:05am EDT

This week, the guys feel all the feels in their discussion of Pixar's new film, INSIDE OUT. They're joined by novelist and CAPC columnist Jeffrey Overstreet as they delve into just how acutely observed the film's psychological conceit is and discuss where the film falls in their personal Pixar rankings.

Direct download: Inside_Out_and_Pixar.mp3
Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Drew and Brad chats with Kyle Worley about the “local” craze, consumption, ecology, waste, and stewarding creation based on Kyle’s article, “Living Local with Slavoj Žižek.”

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Category:digest -- posted at: 10:54pm EDT

Female icons Elizabeth Elliot and Caitlyn Jenner are in the news, offering two versions of what it means to be a woman. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson wrestle out the issues surrounding these complex, complicated people and the definitions of womanhood they espouse.

Direct download: Let_Me_Be_a_Woman.mp3
Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In the second half of their massive best-of-the-decade list, the guys are rejoined by Nick Olson to count down their top five and share the honorable mentions that just barely missed the cut for their lists.

Direct download: Top_Ten_of_the_Decade_So_Far_Part_2.mp3
Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:36pm EDT

It's the first half of Seeing & Believing's top-10-of-the-decade extravaganza! Wade and Kevin are joined by Christianity Today's Nick Olson to count down the best films to come out between 2010 and the present. This week: numbers 10 through 6, plus a discussion of the decade's overrated films.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:38am EDT

Is the death penalty fair retribution for the guilty? Is it cruel and base retaliation? Is it a biblical mandate from God? There are no easy answers for such questions, prompting many of us to back away from the discussion. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss this complex and complicated issue with Stacy Anderson, executive director of Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and board president for the Nebraska Innocence Project.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 7:50am EDT

As we get closer to Kanye West's next album release, we thought we'd double back to a track from "Yeezus". "Blood on the Leaves" is just as much a whirlwind as the rest of the album, but it's one of the most accessible tracks for most listeners. Come for the beautiful, mesmerizing production, stay for the boundary-pushing ideas about race, sex, and popping mollies.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Drew chats with staff writer S.D. Kelley, staff writer and co-host of the Persuasion Podcast, about our obsession with reality TV. We talk about the “Christian” reality shows like Duck Dynasty and 19 Kids and Counting and the dangers of trying using Christianity as an evangelistic platform. Both Sarah and Drew confess their interest in reality TV and the guilt that ensues. They talk about the larger problem of celebrity culture and how we are all complicit in it.

Direct download: A_Reality_TV_Postmortem_with_SD_Kelley.mp3
Category:digest -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT

Summer vacations are just ahead, but taking time off to rest isn’t easy. Rest can feel like more work than it’s worth. In this episode, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss our need for rest—especially as it pertains to spiritual formation—and the challenge of making rest a priority in a society that doesn’t value it.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Enmity, the Bible Belt, and face tattoos. In "Best Friend", Yelawolf and Eminem take very different approaches to their earthly and heavenly relationships. We break down pop country's cliche of laid back and private faith. Eminem's refusal to repent, and the scars of a rigid fundamentalist upbringing.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 2:19am EDT