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Whether you know it or not, shame is in the house. It is the silent fiend that steals our peace and joy and prompts us to question our place in this world and in relation to everyone else. Despite its prevalence, few of us are free from shame and its debilitating, isolating ways. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite counselor and author Heather Davis Nelson to parse out how we can find freedom from shame and walk in the grace and love of Jesus. Nelson has drawn from her professional and personal experiences in combatting shame to craft her first book, published by Crossway, titled Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame. This episode explores the ways shame affects us in daily life, the role a safe community has in overcoming shame, and the ways shame’s negative influence can be defeated. Nelson’s book is a CAPC Member Offering for July.

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The CaPC 25 is back after a two week hiatus to fill the 19th slot on the ever growing list. This week find's Jesse Williams BET Awards speech pitted agains J.D. Vance's book Hillbilly Elegy, and Pokémon Go

Jesse Williams, a former public school teacher turned actor on ABC's Grey's Anatomy has been at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement. Awarded the Humanitarian award at the 2016 BET Awards, his 4 min speech left those who watched it both in person and via streaming agape at the passion and delivery of his speech regarding the status of Black Lives Matter movement. 

JD Vance's book Hillbilly Elegy is juxtaposed against the Black Lives Matter movement with the white working class portrayed by J.D. Vance. The former Marine and Yale Law School graduate who is now an executive in Silicon Valley is a self-identified hillbilly who great up in poverty and the shadow of steel mills within Appalachian culture. Bringing much needed awareness of the diversity found within the "white" culture, Hannah brings this book to the table. 

Jonathan takes a back seat from hosting duties to bring Pokémon Go, the mobile game from Niantic and Nintendo that has taken the world by storm seemingly overnight. The ability to form community with random people around a common purpose almost instantly is the reason the game has been nominated.

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It's been fifteen years since Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant first brought THE OFFICE to British television and eleven since NBC adapted it into one of the most successful American sitcoms of the new millennium. Wade and Kevin take a trip down memory lane, discussing the merits of each version of the show and sharing their favorite moments from the world of dead-end paper companies. Then they take another look back, this time at the work of famed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, whose death earlier this summer deprived international cinema of one of its brightest lights.

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You’ve heard it said that polite conversation avoids religion and politics. But those aren’t the only subjects that produce awkward conversations. Many small talk topics are actually emotional landmines for tender hearts. Asking women if they have children or sharing about an exotic vacation or complaining about opportunities only available to the elite are just a few topics that can make people uncomfortable. Good conversation develops in being aware that our experiences may be quite different from others. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss sensitive subjects that arise in everyday conversation and how we can avoid those awkward lulls that can add insult to injury. Being aware that some topics are painful to discuss is the first step as we get to know others. It’s also important for sensitive hearts to extend grace when painful questions are asked or differences of opinion, opportunity, or lifestyle are discussed. Our ability to engage in meaningful conversation rests on a willingness to truly know others and the surprising way their lives unfold differently from our own.

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Wade and Kevin travel to the land of fantasy with Disney's BFG from director Steven Spielberg. The duo share their thoughts on the presentation of the live action and CG merged picture including the performances of newcomer Ruby Barnhill and Academy Award Winner Mark Rylance who partnered with Spielberg in Bridge of Spies. In the second segment, another film written by Melissa Mathieson, The Black Stallion, is given a retro review treatment. It is children's movie week on Seeing & Believing so grab the kids, some popcorn and settle in for a weekend of light hearted listening.

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Tyler and Drew chat with Rachel Horner Stark about her recent article, “Obama, Cosby, and America’s Black Family.” We discuss Obama’s policies and his family values. We discuss the example he has set as a husband and father and how that compares to the family values of current political candidates. We chat about the importance of recognizing truth and goodness in others when it is apparent as well as how we might promote gospel values when they are not shared or even contradicted in the political realm.

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Conferences provide attendees with all kinds of information on sessions, lodging, dining, and the like. But when Erin and Hannah attended a national women’s conference, they observed plenty that wasn’t detailed on the conference website. In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson highlight a few of these curiosities and how they made sense of them. From standing in endless lines to phone use to wardrobe selections, this episode covers a different side of attending a conference with thousands of women.

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The guys take a trip back to the '90s with their look at the remarkable five-part documentary series from ESPN, O.J.: Made In America. Two decades since the trial of the century, is hindsight 20/20? Then they turn to address a movie that's slightly less serious, though no less scary: the Christianity-inflected horror movie The Conjuring 2.

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