Christ and Pop Culture

Have you ever felt that you are judged by your language? Is it fair to judge others by their command of the English language? For those steeped in proper language usage, poor speech is almost painful to the ear. Mismatched subjects and verbs, dangling participles, incorrect word choice—all these prompt the most discerning to make judgments about the person’s intellect or ability. However, the way a person talks tells us much about his or her country of origin, background, education, and personality. Do we need to have such strict standards of speech as long as the messages we communicate are clear? And if the grammar police have their way, would that strip out the very distinctions that make us individuals? Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson tackle such questions in this ounce of Persuasion fast chat. Although it is tempting to judge people by their language, doing so isn’t without cost. Those who love language can ease their frustration by extending grace to others and holding loosely to proper speech that is always evolving.

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This week, Wade and Kevin take a look at the premiere of AMC's latest television show, Preacher, about an unconventional minister facing some weird, possibly End-Times-related events in his small Texas town. Things get even weirder with their review of The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos's oddball look at a society in which single people are faced with a choice: find a soul mate, or be transformed into an animal.

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This episode of the CaPC Digest finds the group defending the idea that politicians are people too. Staff writer Amanda Wortham joins host Drew Dixon to talk about the idea that underneath the rhetoric, the policies, and personas we see of our favorite (or hated) politicians, they are still created in the image of God and as such are worthy of dignity. How we talk about politicians, celebrities, and even Christian leaders within our families, friends and even our children reflect the attitude of our hearts. 

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Chewbacca Mom Candace Payne, the angst of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars Rebels: Season 2, and the return of The Babylon Bee are all vying for the 15th spot on the Christ and Pop Culture 25 for 2016. Jonathan and Sara are joined by Adam Bryant Marshal returning to the show along with our first Canadian ambassador Allison Barron as they debate the merits of "prophetical satire", the cultural relevance of Star Wars and the pure joy of a Texas mother who has catapulted to viral fame.


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Being a good listener isn’t easy. Not only are they many messages and voices competing for our ears, but it is also a complex skill to master. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite InterVarsity Press author Adam S. McHugh (ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary) to share from his recent book, The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction (InterVarsity Press, 2015). As an ordained Presbyterian minister and spiritual director, McHugh has served at two Presbyterian churches, as a hospice chaplain, and as campus staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. His ministry has taught him what it means to truly listen in a noisy world. Listening changes our relationships with God and others, enabling us to settle down inside so we can practice humility by lending our ears to others. We must learn to listen—to God, others, our emotions, creation, and more—if we are to become the people God means us to be.

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Sunday Oldskool is hitting the pause button. Sam and Cray explain why the hiatus is necessary before giving thanks for everyone who has supported the show for over 90 episodes.

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One of Seeing & Believing's most anticipated films of the spring, Last Days In the Desert, has hit theaters, so Wade and Kevin do a deep dive into its knotty exploration of Jesus' human side and his struggle with Satan in the wilderness. They then fast-forward to a very '70s vision of the future as they take a look at Ben Wheatley's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise.

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Tyler and Drew chat with E. Stephen Burnett about Spider-Man’s entrance into the wider Marvel Universe films and his previous films. We discuss Peter Parker’s story arc and spiritual battles throughout the first films with Toby Maguire and onto the current iteration in Captain America: Civil War with only a few light Jesus Jukes.

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Vinland SagaStar Wars: The Force Awakens, and Captain America: Civil War are the nominees for the latest episode of The CaPC 25 for 2016. Brad Williams returns to please for the inclusion of the latest outing in a galaxy far, far away while Jonathan attempts to use the themes of fraternity and unity to nominate Civil War. Seth T. Hahne also makes his first appearance on the show with the first manga nomination with Vinland Saga.

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Communal living has gotten a makeover and young adults in big cities are catching the vision. Common, WeLive, Pure House and other startups have reshaped the traditional co-living concept and made it hip for young professionals.

In a New Yorker article titled “Happy Together,” Lizzie Widdicombe explains that in a typical setup, residents rent a private room but share bathroom, kitchen, and living room space with others on their floor. Modern conveniences, social activities, and posh interiors are a draw for residents looking for more than a roommate. The creativity of these startups in repackaging communal life for city dwellers is to be commended but it also raises questions. Are co-living residents merely avoiding adulthood by prolonging a college dorm lifestyle? Does communal living fill the familial void many have in our transient society? In this fast chat Ounce of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the pros and cons of the co-living movement.

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The one and only Ray Neutron joins the show to discuss his work, which includes his stunning Snap The Track of Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly", human-centered photo-journalism at TYPICAL, and touring with artists like Lecrae, Dream Junkies, and John Givez. He also gives his thoughts on the art of the album cover, and why "a ratchet beat a day keeps the fake deep away".

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Christianity Today's Jessica Gibson joins Wade and Kevin for a review of one of the most hotly anticipated films of the year so far: Marvel's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. They discuss the film on its own merits, then consider what it represents for the superhero genre as a whole. Then Kevin sits down for an interview with Rodrigo Garcia, the writer and director of the acclaimed new film about Jesus' wilderness temptation, LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT.

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Sarah Kelly takes the center chair this week and hosts returning guests Karen Swallow Prior, Luke T. Harrington and Adam Bryant Marshall for this 12th episode of the CaPC 25 for 2016. Disney's The Jungle Book, the video game Dark Souls III, and James K.A. Smith's new book You Are What You Love are the nominations for this week and only one will make it onto the 13th spot for our year end list. 

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For centuries, domestic life has been understood as a death knell for creative endeavors, forcing both men and women to choose between the two. If nothing else, the sheer work of maintaining hearth and home leaves little time for creative pursuits, all but proving Virginia Woolf's famous dictum that in order to write, one must have "money and a room of one's own." But must we really choose between cultivating our closest relationships and cultivating our gifting? Even more to the point, What do we lose when these parts of our lives are set in opposition to each other? Artist, educator, and mother Michelle Berg Radford joins CAPC staff writer Hannah Anderson to discuss the nexus of (and the conflict between) domestica and our other creative callings.  

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The guys review Richard Linklater's Linklater-y look at college baseball players, Everybody Wants Some! They then return to their TV-recommendation corner, where they each try to sell their co-host on a TV show. Wade sings the praises of The People Vs. OJ Simpson, while Kevin makes a case for the HBO political satire Veep.

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Tyler and Drew chat with Val Dunham about her recent article “In the NFL Draft, Does Function Trump Value?” We talk about the ups and downs of the draft and discuss the ramifications of the very intimate and personal way we get to know prospects in the draft process. We chat about what that means for football going forward and how we as Christians should view professional athletes from a Christian perspective.

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Beyonce for 2016, the HGTV show 'Fixer Upper', and the Cohen Brother's movie Hail Caesar are the nominees for this week's episode of The 25 for 2016. Seeing & Believing's Wade Bearden along with CaPC Staff Writer Danielle Mayfield join Sarah and Jonathan in a discussion covering a wide range of pop culture offerings for inclusion on The 25. 

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New designs have been announced for several bills in our nation’s paper currency lineup. Andrew Jackson, for example, is getting bumped from the front of the twenty-dollar bill to the back to make way for abolitionist Harriett Tubman. Tubman was slated to replace Alexander Hamilton on the ten-dollar bill until the award-winning Hamilton show has produced many fans who are winning to fight for Hamilton to remain in that place of honor. (Too bad Jackson doesn’t have a Broadway show to his credit to.) Other bills are to feature women who led the suffrage movement and African Americans who led the civil rights movement. With these new faces, we gain new stories of our nation’s history by heroes who lived by and fought for the principles we most admire: courage, integrity, freedom, and the like. In this fast chat Ounce of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the currency announcement and the use of cash in this age, as well as the need to introduce U.S. citizens to those in our midst who have made life better for us over the years.

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