Christ and Pop Culture

Putting together a team of heroes to accomplish a missionóit's one of the most durable movie stories of all time, thanks to Akira Kurosawa's <i>Seven Samurai</i>. Kurosawa's classic has inspired countless other films, but one of the most memorable is also the film that directly adapted the samurai story as a Western: 1960's <i>The Magnificent Seven</i>. Wade and Kevin discuss the similarities and differences between the two films, then review Antoine Fuqua's new, Denzel Washington-starring <i>Magnificent Seven</i> remake.

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Drew and Tyler chat with Gina Dalfonso about her article, “Loving My Prodigal Country.” We chat about the Christian’s responsibility to country. We discuss how we can love our country without making it into an idol as well as the dangers of blind nationalism. We discuss these things in light of the recent protests sparked by Colin Kaepernick and the contentious political season we find ourselves in.

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Hillary Clinton is a human. Hillary Clinton got pneumonia, and the whole world’s in an uproar. Reports of her illness flooded news outlets in an attempt to give meaning to this SHOCKING turn of events. Everyone is speculating why Clinton didn’t make her illness public, why she didn’t leave the campaign trail to rest, why she got dehydrated, and more. The reality is, human beings get sick. Clinton’s bout with pneumonia confirms what everyone already knows: When you push your body beyond its limits, sometimes it gets to weary to fight off illness. But we all push the limits anyway, don’t we? In our attempts to be, do, and have more, we ignore our limits and wreak havoc on ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss recent events that depict our tendency to idolize those who seem to be superhuman only to kick them when they fall. All this dovetails with Hannah’s upcoming book, Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nurtures Your Soul, which releases October 4 from Moody Publishers. Understanding our creaturehood is necessary if we are ever to know our limits and learn to live well within them.

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Drew and Tyler chat with Blain Grimes about comics and his recent article “New Super-Man Reinvents the Superhero Redemption Story.” We discuss Gene Luen Yang’s new run of Superman, his unique approach to the superhero story arch, and the value of diverse voices in media. 

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We had an opportunity to snag an interview with Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone this week! Wade sits down with Stone to discuss his upcoming SNOWDEN and ask him about how his spiritual outlook affects his filmmaking. Then the guys offer their review of Clint Eastwood's SULLY, in which Tom Hanks lends his reassuring presence to the story of the airplane crisis that led to the "Miracle on the Hudson." 

When was the last time you did absolutely nothing? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe asks that question in his 2012 TEDx Talk that’s part of a new TED Radio Hour series at NPR, titled “Slow Down.” Puddicombe purports that our highly distracted and busy minds are no longer able to be present in the current moment. The cure, according to Puddicome? Ten minutes of nothingness a day. It’s a type of meditation in which you step back from your life—the buzz, the pressure—and simply look at what what your mind is preoccupied with and the feelings you are experiencing because of it. Puddicombe suggests that 10 minutes of such meditation will help you be less distracted and, as a result, happier. Is there any truth to this theory? Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson offer 10 (plus) minutes of analysis on Puddicombe’s recommendation. In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, discussion touches on the definition and suspicion of meditation as a spiritual practice, our need to exercise our brain’s recall functioning, and if doing nothing is truly the equivalent of Christian meditation.

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What is a woman’s place? That is the question spurring many a debate among  women and men, inside and outside the church. And the answers aren't easy to come by, because women face unique circumstances, opportunities, and responsibilities that refuse to adhere to a hard-and-fast rule. Tackling this complex issue is Katelyn Beaty, author of A Woman's Place: A Christian Vision for your Calling in the Office, the Home and the World. Beaty is managing editor at Christianity Today magazine and cofounder of Her.meneutics, which have given her keen insight into the cultural debate about women and the role work plays in our lives. In this two-part episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson host Katelyn Beaty to discuss her book and what prompted her to write it. The conversation covers everything from the true definition of work to the proper way men and women are called to work together for the common good. Be sure to catch part one of the conversation, as it is the foundation and starting point for this conversation.

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It's a sibling-themed episode this week as Wade and Kevin review a pair of movies that have brothers and sisters at their center. In HELL OR HIGH WATER, two brothers turn to robbing banks and fleeing the law as they seek to scrounge the cash to pay off a mortgage in debt-ridden West Texas. In the gentle drama OUR LITTLE SISTER, three adult sisters discover that they have a half-sister from another of their father's marriages, and they offer to take her under their wings when he dies.

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