Christ and Pop Culture

The two films on today's show couldn't be more different. On the one hand we have <i>Hidden Figures</i>, the Oscar-nominated inspirational drama based on the true story of the African American women who were integral to the NASA space program of the 1960s. On the other side is M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller, <i>Split</i>, a trip into the twisted psyche of a kidnapper with multiple split personalities.

Music interlude by Z Tapes, "Earth Bound." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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Stubborn people can be so annoying, right? They latch on to a cause or take a stance, then refuse to back down, even in the face of difficulty and opposition. They won’t let anything go. They have a point to prove and are willing to stick to their convictions until they have the last word and the whole world knows they were right. All this can be annoying, true. But what if our world could use a few more stubborn souls who passionately pursue change? In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson consider the difference made by Virginian Nick Stafford. Stafford got the runaround from his local DMV when he needed to register a car for his son. So he challenged the inefficiencies and absurdities of the bureaucracy by filing three lawsuits, investing countless hours (not to mention emotional energy), and spending and extra $1,000 to pay his bill in pennies. In the end, Stafford justified his means, because he didn’t think anyone else should have to go through the same thing. He was willing to sacrifice and endure the process to see change come about. Depending on the situation, this level of uncompromising diligence can be either annoying or world changing. Erin and Hannah discuss Stafford’s amusing case and then ponder the good such stubborn souls can do in society.

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Tyler and Drew chat with Matthew Loftus about his recent article “Nothing is New Under the Black Mirror.” We chat about the human tendency to use technology in destructive ways. We talk about what Black Mirror has to say about the state of discourse in our country as well as how we might cultivate a greater awareness and understanding of technology’s reach and influence in our lives.

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The past year or so, we’ve had plenty to be frustrated about. The world isn’t what we’d like it to be. In this environment, frustrations easily turn to hopelessness or anger. How are people of faith to deal with these emotions? Some will try to gloss them over by turning their frowns upside-down. Others will will try to mask them with denial or criticism. But author Anne Kennedy recommends another way: sarcasm. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Anne to discuss her recent devotional release, titled Nailed It! 365 Sarcastic Devotions for Angry or Worn-Out People. Not only does Anne find sarcasm to be helpful for Christians, she also sees it used by God Himself in Scripture. Humor is an important response to the brokenness we encounter, standing in stark contrast to the overly saccharine Christianity that is more popular today. For all the challenges the world faces today, we need a way to diffuse with the tension; Anne believes sarcasm offers a profoundly effective alternative. As 2017 begins, this devotional is seriously witty, with wry humor that cuts deep in ways readers didn’t even know were needed. Anne has a distinct way of asking the questions are hearts have been raging about but haven’t been able to voice yet. 

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At long last, Seeing & Believing shares its picks for the finest films that 2016 had to offer. Does the critical wave for La La Land continue to roll with their lists? What overlooked gems deserve more attention? And does the cinematic tour de force of Nine Lives finally get its due? Wade and Kevin dive in!

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Tyler and Drew chat with Collin Huber about his recent article “Cooked, Slow Food, and the Allure of Beauty.” We discuss the recent Netflix Documentary series Cooked, the slow food movement. We also discuss the ethics of what we eat and how we cook. We chat about how food relates to us image bearers and how eating and cooking provide opportunities for worship and ministry.  

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The Crown is a new original series on Netflix highlighting the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The first season (10 episodes) released in November and focused on her early life, including her marriage and her assumption of the throne as a 25-year-old after the sudden death of her father, King George VI. Key to the storytelling is how each episode frames up a different challenge Queen Elizabeth faced in taking on the duty of a queen. She is shown to wrestle with both the weight and the responsibility of leading her country to the best of her ability—even when her ability seems less than adequate. As the new Queen learns how to handle her power and find her voice, she also comes to terms with her duty to serve her country above all else, including personal preferences, emotional comfort, and relational peace. The crown the Queen wears requires everything of her. Although few of us are in line for a royal throne, we too struggle with issues related to calling and duty. Queen Elizabeth’s calling was defined for her, whereas we must forge our own way to determine how our gifts, talents, experiences, and preferences come together in a way that serves the world around us. Whatever our calling may be, it’s not always easy to faithfully carry it out. Every calling requires sacrifice, just as Queen Elizabeth’s does. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss The Crown and how its themes of calling and duty are helpful as we embark on a new year. This season beckons us to assess the work of our lives and do some course correcting for the year ahead. Key to the conversation is how we view duty and the role it plays in a life given in full to our calling for the benefit of others.

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One of the guys' most anticipated films of 2016 is kicking off their first show of 2017! Martin Scorsese's Silence, based on the much-lauded novel by Shusaku Endo, is going into wide release this weekend. What does the film say about religious doubt and the Christian call to evangelism? And where does it fall among the films in Scorsese's storied career? Fellow critic David Roark joins Wade and Kevin for their review, and tog

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Drew and Tyler chat with Stephen Addcox about the hit HBO show Westworld. We discuss the ethical dilemmas the show brings up. We discuss its handling of suffering and love as well as the difficulties of a world where anything goes.

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