Christ and Pop Culture

One of the most hotly anticipated movies of the winter awards season, La La Land, has finally hit theaters, and the guys sit down with it for their last episode of 2016. How does Damien Chazelle's throwback to classic-Hollywood musical romances hold up? The film puts Wade and Kevin in mind of other great musical moments from movies, and they close things out with a list of their top five favorite such moments. Merry Christmas from Seeing and Believing!

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For many of us, Christmas shopping winds down just as the hunt rants up for the perfect calendar for 2017. There’s the traditional wall calendar for the family, the academic planner for the student, and the daily planner for the professional. But like most things in our culture, the options don’t end there. Planners and calendars are big business, with weighty brands like the Erin Condren LifePlanner, Plum Paper, Passion Planner, and Sacred Ordinary Days. Many of today’s planners can be customized and designed exactly to your own specifications—for a price, of course. You choose the style, the layout, the binding, and the theme. And if that’s not enough, you could simply create your own calendar, using the bullet journaling system that’s taken on a life of its own over at Pinterest. Bullet journaling is a scrapbooking planning mash-up for those who are artists at heart but can’t quit their day jobs. With so many approaches to organizing our days, certainly there is something to be learned from the calendar systems we choose. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson dissect the trends of planners and calendars and tease out what our planner-of-choice says about our personalities, goals, and gifting. If you’ve not selected your 2017 system yet, this discussion can help you sort out the options and land on the calendar option that’s the best fit for you.

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Tyler and Drew chat with Nana Dolce about her recent article “Ava DuVernay’s 13th Explores the Troubling Roots of Mass Incarceration. We discuss the 13th, a recent documentary on our nation’s problem of mass incarceration and the systemic injustice at its roots. We discuss how we might pursue repentance, serve in our prison systems, and start productive conversations about justice in our communities and churches.

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That's no moon ... it's Rogue One, one of the biggest blockbuster releases of the year. Wade and Kevin sit down to talk about the latest film entry in the Star Wars universe; is it a worthy addition to the franchise? Also on the agenda: one of the bigger deals in 2016's arthouse scene, Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake, is receiving its U.S. theatrical release after winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes earlier this year, and the guys stand ready to give it a closer look.

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Wade and Kevin snap out of their post-Thanksgiving food lethargy to discuss two major films this week. First up is the latest offering from the wonderful world of Disney, Moana. Will this story about a Polynesian princess and a mischievous demigod prove to be as big a juggernaut as Disney's Frozen? The guys then turn their attention to what may be a major player come Oscars time:Loving, Jeff Nichols's film based on the true story of the couple who helped overturn the prohibition against interracial marriage in the American South.

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