Christ and Pop Culture

Favorite books. The Pope. Obama’s faith. SEX. Persuasion listeners submitted questions covering these topics—and more!—for Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson to answer on this Ask Us Anything episode. 

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This week, Drew chats with Hannah Anderson about the TV series Broadchurch and what we can learn from it about the value of confession, not just personally before God but communally between one another in the church. We consider how we might cultivate vulnerable relationships with others in the church and even how we might encourage pastors to practice and benefit from communal confession.

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Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina was recently belittled by fellow candidate Donald Trump—but not for her policy or platform. Rather, Trump attacked the look on her face. Whether Trump meant her measure of beauty or her countenance, the remark raises the age-old question of society’s expectation that women present a smiling face to the world. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss Fiorina’s brilliant response to Trump, as well as the Stop Telling Us to Smile campaign that is meant free women from the need to smile their way through life. 

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In part two, Doc breaks down the bulk of Scarface's "Deeply Rooted" album with us, which crescendos on the interesting if incoherent track, "God."

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M. Night Shyamalan is back with his latest spine-tingler, and Wade and Kevin want to know: is it any good? But first (what a twist!), they each talk about their personal favorite film from Shyamalan's filmography, discussing what made him great as a director and what could make him great again.

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Wade Bearden joins Drew and Bradford this episode of the Digest to talk about the Late Night wars. Leno and Letterman are now gone and with them the tense feelings of bitterness and competition. The team discuss Colbert getting deep with his guests while Fallon is appealing to the everyman with his genuine personality.

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Custom hearses, parade processionals, destination funerals—these are the latest trends in the funeral industry. Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss our culture’s growing fascination with end-of-life gatherings devoid of traditional services and mourning, raising the question of the need and purpose of grieving our losses.

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In part one, Doc shares what it's like to be a producer and how he found his way into producing for CCM artists. We also discuss Scarface's career and his new album, "Deeply Rooted".

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What if Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey ended not with a joyful reunion but with the dog apocalypse? Wade and Kevin review the new Hungarian film White God, which explores just that possibility. The guys then look ahead to offer their picks for what autumn films people should keep an eye out for.

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Conversations about sexual sin happen most often in same-gender circles: men with men, women with women. Recent scandals, however, reveal much more is needed if we are to gain ground against this mighty foe. Erin Straza, Hannah Anderson, and Joe Rigney continue their series in the wake of Ashley Madison by discussing how men and women can begin battling together against sexual sin through honest conversation, bold confession, and amazing grace.

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Cray and Sam listen to the spiritual framework for D'Anelgo and the Vanguard's "Black Messiah" album. The dueo discusses whether the R&B singer is co-opting the Christian tradition or honoring it. THEN, we offer our unique interpretation on the album's song structure--it involves TIME TRAVEL.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:54am EDT

Stephen Colbert and his new position as host of CBS's "The Late Show" after the departure of David Letterman is the topic of discussion as the guys are joined this week by Dallas-area standup comedian Taylor Johnson. What makes Colbert's comedic sensibilities so unique, and how does his Catholic faith inform it? How is his show going to fit into the current late-night landscape? And will Conan O'Brien send a certain bear after him?

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This week, Drew and Brad chat with Matthew Loftus about his recent article, “How to Defund Planned Parenthood.” We talk about what it means to be truly pro-life, the challenges that would arise were Planned Parenthood to be defunded and how Christians might show love to their neighbors who are exploited through our current healthcare system.

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Recent news has us cheering and jeering men for walking out society’s definitions of manhood. We cheer the U.S. men who stopped a gunman in France, touting their courageous and self-sacrificing act. And we jeer the millions of men exposed as Ashley Madison account holders, blasting their self-serving and deceitful behavior. In this episode, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson explore definitions of manhood, how they shape our expectations of men, and the ways that men often behave more like boys.

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