Christ and Pop Culture

Wade and Kevin do their best not to succumb to jungle madness as they dive into James Gray's spectacular new epic of exploration and obsession in the Amazonian rainforest, The Lost City of Z. Then they turn their attention to something a little lighter (at least in theory): the Anne Hathaway-starring kaiju flick Colossal.

Music interlude by Bear McCreary, "The Colossal Finale," from the Colossal Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Theme music by Alexander Osborn and Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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Tyler and Drew chat Jen Pollack Michel about her recent article “For the Love of S-Town” in which she reflects on the popular new podcast S-Town about a complex individual from a small rural town in Alabama and his complex relationship with his town. We discuss the importance of taking steps to actively love and empathize with people from places we find difficult and broken. We discuss the way the show humanized all its characters and even the way Brian Reed grew to appreciate them. 

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Is it OK to say you are enjoying life? With all the brokenness and suffering, it can feel rather callous to feel joy, take time to play, choose to laugh. Happiness visits, but pain is never far off. It tugs at our joy, weighing us down and reminding us that even if our current moment is light, others have overwhelming burdens… and perhaps instead of enjoying the moment we should be grieving and lamenting. As we learned in the classic film The Princess Bride, “Life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” Pain is real, and it isn’t going away until the age to come. So how do we balance enjoying the good times, despite the bad? Such questions can run us in circles.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Trillia Newbell to share her insight and unravel some of the confusion in regard to enjoying life. Trillia’s latest book is titled Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts (Waterbrook Multnomah), in which she explores ways we can experience joy despite the reality of pain. Find insight for savoring small joys without discounting the brokenness of the world, and then pop out to Twitter @PersuasionCAPC to answer the question of day.

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Wade and Kevin's heads are toward Eternity this week as they review Terence Davies' latest film, the Emily Dickinson biopic <em>A Quiet Passion</em>. But first, they take a look at a Japanese animated film that's been creating quite a buzz lately: <em>Your Name</em>. A lavish teenage romance and an austere literature-infused biopicóthere's something for everyone this week!

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Tyler and Drew chat with Brad Williams about his recent article Stop Trying to Be a Man and Start Trying to Be a Good Man. We discuss some of the extra biblical definitions of manhood that are floating around the church as well as how we might encourage Christian men who might not fit the stereotype. Finally, Brad challenges us to ultimately pursue Christlikeness by pursuing peace, justice, and self-sacrificial love.  

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Adults reading kids stuff describes many of us when it comes to our literature preferences. Sometimes the heaviness of the world around us can make it difficult to pick up a book geared at adults be it fiction or non-fiction as Erin and Hannah discuss on this Ounce of Persuasion episode. Be it the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary, or The Giver by Lois Lowry there are a plethora of books for us to discover at our local libraries or Barnes & Noble. C.S. Erin and Hannah talk about their favorite books as they show us it is okay to be adults reading kids stuff.

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Pure Flix makes its first appearance on the show, as Wade and Kevin dig into the faith-based production company’s latest offering, The Case for Christ. Based on the bestselling apologetics book, the film has to get creative with how it adapts its source material. The question is, is it good? The guys then spend some time with Netflix’s new documentary miniseries Five Came Back, which tells the remarkable story of how five classic-Hollywood directors put their filmmaking prowess to use on the battlefields of World War II.

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This week's episode of The CaPC 25 for 2017 finds our managing editor Erin Straza pitted against Luke T. Harrington and newcomer for 2017, Mathew Loftus. Luke T. Harrington brings one of the most passionate and articulate orations in the history of the show for the Nintendo Switch console...which he neither owns nor has played. Meanwhile Mathew Loftus bring Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' to the table as the Christian film we didn't know we needed while Erin Straza tries to convince everyone that the S-Town podcast gives us an important and essential look into the human condition. 

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Do you know how to knoll? It’s possible you do and don’t even know it by name. Knolling is an organizational technique in which you arrange related items together by size, shape, color, or function and then display them in parallel or 90-degree angles. The term knolling came into use in the late 80s, describing the way a furniture designer arranged his tools at right angles as a way to prepare for his work. Knolling has grown in popularity over the past few years as photographers and creative types have adopted it as an art form. Instagram accounts and Tumblr feeds are full of knolling examples using food, tools, flowers, books, and more. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson look at the trend and why we are drawn to the symmetry and orderliness of knolling. Although the drive to knoll may be strongest in those who are natural organizers, it isn’t just for the neat freaks. Even the messiest among us see evidence of it, from a color-coordinated closet to a neatly aligned workspace or pantry. Listen in to hear how knolling can help and hinder us our work and being, and then pop out to Twitter @PersuasionCAPC to show us your knolling skills.

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The two films on today's show couldn't be more different. The first, Song to Song, is from the revered director Terrence Malick and concerns itself with the spiritual seeking of Texan characters in a numinous world. The second, Oz Perkins's The Blackcoat's Daughter, concerns the Satanic goings-on at a snowed-in prep school in upstate New York. The mystery: which one did Wade and Kevin like better?

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Disney’s 2017 live-action remake of its animated classic Beauty and the Beast has been all the rage—literally. Some are raging with glee, others raging with, well… rage. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson hash out all the cheers and jeers of Beauty and the Beast. Two controversies shape the discussion. First is the charge the film wasn’t feminist enough. Arguments have been raised of Belle’s captivity and oppression. There have been charges of Stockholm Syndrome. Eyes have rolled over using Belle’s ingenuity in developing a hands-free washing machine. Are these points valid? Perhaps this tale as old as time is beyond rescue and needs to be put to rest? In addition, the second set of charges came from some Christian leaders who were concerned about the “nice, exclusively gay moment” (so-described by director Bill Condon). Was the film appropriate for children? Was it promoting same sex attraction? Should Christians refuse to see the film? Hannah and Erin tackle these controversies and discuss aspects of the film that were enhanced or marred by the updated plot points for the 2017 release. Listen in to hear their hot takes on the blockbuster film and the fairy tale itself.

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