Christ and Pop Culture

Hannah Anderson joins us to talk about the Broadway production of Hamilton, and how it is helping her to fall in love with hip hop. We talk literature/craft, the enlightening impact for its hearers, and some of the challenges of diving into hip hop as a new fan.

Wade is joined by guest Elijah Davidson (Reel Spirituality) this week to talk The Hunger Games franchise, as well as review Mockingjay Part 2. Is the odds in this film’s favor? Maybe.

Direct download: Seeing_and_Believing_Episode_29.mp3
Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:11am EDT

Thanksgiving is here! We know it’s about more than turkey and all the trimmings, but the eating can easily overshadow the thanks-giving this day is meant to prompt in us. In this episode, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss holiday traditions, the good and bad of the recent gratitude movement, and how to cultivate a heart of thanksgiving. 

Direct download: Persuasion_Episode_38.mp3
Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

Sam and Cray break down some news about wedding-crashing Kendrick Lamar and the now-presidential Pusha T, and then listen closely to Chance the Rapper's "Angels". It's an ode to Chance's community, including family, loved ones, and his local church. We also wonder if the rapper's vow to remain unspotted by the music business, a pure son of his city, is realistic.

Wade and Kevin introduce a new segment in this week's episode, as each of them secretly selects a TV show that the other hasn't seen and tries to sell him on it. Plus, they dive into Aziz Ansari's (of Parks & Recreation fame) new comedy series for Netflix, Master of None.


Direct download: Seeing_And_Believing_Episode_38.mp3
Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

Drew and Tyler chat with Nathan Valle about his recent article "When Serving The Government Gets in the Way of Serving God." We chat about the danger of conflating American interests with kingdom work. We relate Nathan's article to the current Syrian refuge crisis and talk about what it looks like to cultivate a kingdom mindset about these things.
Direct download: CAPC_Digest_Episode_34.mp3
Category:digest -- posted at: 10:25am EDT

An Ounce of Persuasion fast-chat episode with Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discussing the spread of “NPR Voice,” a speaking style that is attributed to NPR broadcasters but is growing in popularity among speakers on every platform. What do we lose when everyone tries to sound the same?

Direct download: Persuasion_Episode_37.mp3
Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

CAPC legend Brad Williams joins Sam and Cray to talk about his appreciation for Kendrick Lamar. Brad explains how he got hooked on Lamar, and how he learns about others through intentional listening.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 12:11am EDT

The guys are joined this week by critic and Bond expert Ryan Holt to talk about all things James Bond before jumping into a review of the latest Bond adventure, SPECTRE. As one of the longest-running film franchises in history, what distinguishes the superspy from other franchise heroes? What should viewers make of the series' well-documented issues with sexism and racism? And, of course, which Bond is the best Bond?

Direct download: Seeing_and_Believing_Episode_37.mp3
Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:55am EDT

Drew is joined by co-host Tyler Burns and Luke T. Harrington to talk about one of his regular column pieces.  The crew discusses California yuppies and culture around the organic food store chain including the outrage of the new budget 365 by Whole Foods experiment. The discussion continue to the story of Jesus and the rich young ruler and relating it to the inherent wealth the majority of American's enjoy when compared globally. Internet outrage, online petitions and finding a church that challenges you is all part of this episode of the Digest.

Direct download: CAPC_Digest_Episode_33.mp3
Category:digest -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

Sexual sin is devastating to relationships. Often discussion and support is centered on the one who has gotten caught up in the sin. But what’s the fallout for the one who was betrayed? Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson host a special listener who shares her experience of betrayal, the turmoil of healing, and the redemption God has brought to her marriage. 

Direct download: Persuasion_Episode_36.mp3
Category:persuasion -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

Before comparing Black Milk's lament in "Leave the Bones Behind" to Psalm 137, Sam and Cray look at the spiritual hip hop radar: blaspheming Yeezus, Drake and culture vulturing, Ben Carson's rap ad, and more.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 11:10am EDT

It's here! The episode in which Wade and Kevin review the film handpicked by you, the listeners. Woodlawn, The Last Witch Hunter, Jem and the Holograms, or Suffragette. One of these films gets a thorough review. But first, the guys ready their walking-and-talking shoes for their discussion of Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin's biopic of Steve Jobs.

Direct download: SB_Episode_36.mp3
Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

Drew and Tyler chat with S.D. Kelly about her recent column on the "evangelical" fascination with Donald Trump. We chat about the power and influence of money on Christians and their political leanings, and Christ's teaching on money.

Direct download: CaPC_Digest_Episode_32.mp3
Category:digest -- posted at: 11:43pm EDT

An Ounce of Persuasion: A fast-chat episode with Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discussing the bane of school fundraisers. Is it ethical for corporations to recruit our children for their sales force? Is there a way to support local schools without having to purchase kitschy trinkets and unappetizing frozen foods? Can we change the world?!?! (Anything is possible.)

Direct download: Persuasion_Episode_35.mp3
Category:persuasion -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We return to Watch the Throne, trying to decide if "Made in America" completes a spiritual bookend started with "No Church in the Wild". There is either more to the success of Jay Z and Kanye than the riches they revel in throughout the album, or they're content to celebrate hollow wealth alongside some of the most prophetic civil rights figures. We hope it's not the latter.

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Category:sundayoldskool -- posted at: 6:44am EDT