Christ and Pop Culture

What do shades-wearing bank robbers and mutant livestock have in common? They're both featured in this week's episode, as the guys review the new hyper-kinetic heist thriller Baby Driver and the pretty darn weird girl-and-her-superpig fable Okja. Both were among their most-anticipated films of the summer seasonódo they live up to expectations?

Music interlude by Heritage Hill, "Death Is Dead." Used by permission.

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

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

What if you could accomplish a full day’s work in only three hours? That’s the premise of a research study that affirmed what we already know about the law of diminishing returns: The more we work, the less effective we become with each additional hour of effort. It turns out the best practice for maximum productivity is to work in concentrated bursts followed by a short recovery period. This technique isn’t necessarily new. In the 1980s, Francesco Cirillo packaged it as the Pomodoro Technique, a time management method monitored by a timer to signal work and break intervals. (The name pomodoros is inspired by the tomato-shaped kitchen timer he first used.) Pomodoro doesn’t have a corner on the interval time management market. There are plenty of apps and books with recommendations to fit all sorts of work situations and worker personalities.

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the pros and cons of our busy lives and dream of the extra time (and energy) they would have by cramming eight hours of productivity into just three. Do you use a time blocking method to enhance your work productivity? Have you achieved a three-hour workday? Let us know on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the members-only community on Facebook. Thanks for joining the conversation!

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Superheroes, rap, and cultural seclusion go head to head in this episode of the CaPC 25 for 2017. Jonathan is back with special guests Erin Straza, Brad Vermurlen, and Andrew Whitworth to nominate WonderWoman, Kendrick Lamar's DAMN., and The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher.

Returning to the CaPC 25 from 2016 is Andrew Whitworth bringing the latest effort from rap artist Kendrick Lamar whose album To Pimp A Butterfly made it to #1 on The CaPC 25 from 2016. While lacking some of the redemptive themes from that album, the effort is strong in both production, lyrical content, and personal meaning that characterizes Lamar's work.

Wonder Woman, nominated by Erin Straza, brings the first super hero movie nomination to the list for 2017. Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster), the movie showcases a woman in the lead as both a human being, a woman, and a force to be reckoned with who can lead simply because she can. 

Rounding out the list is Rod Dreher's controversial book, The Benedict Option brought by Brad Vermurlen. The book harkens back to the ancient monk Benedict who taught seclusion from the world and its vices in the name of purity. Is this the option that the protestant church now must now discuss in the light of the pluralism now found in the land of the free? 

One of these nominations will make it on the list by the end of the show, but which one? Listen and find out!

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Category:the25 -- posted at: 6:48pm EDT

2017 is shaping up so far to be a great year for cinema! Wade and Kevin look back on the first half of the year so far and talk about their favorite moments and more. The talk also puts them in a nostalgic mood for one of the best movie years in recent memory: 2007. The guys list their top 5 picks from that year and speculate about whether 2017 is the new 2007.

Music interlude by Surrender Monkeys, "Translate Your Fate." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:43pm EDT

Few who marry expect their marriage to produce anything less than marital bliss. But that bliss isn’t automatic—in fact, it begins in an unexpected place: personal discipleship. Since June is one of the most popular months to say “I do,” in this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite BJ Thompson to discuss the building blocks for strong marriages and how marriage itself is the backdrop for discipleship. Thompson shares from his experience leading Build a Better Us, a marriage discipleship organization that helps couples grow individually for the benefit of marriages and communities. Discussion in this episode is packed, touching on how strong marriages stabilize communities and why marriages are only as healthy as each spouse’s own relationship with God. Pre-marital counseling rarely prepares a couple for the refining they will face as honeymoon joy fades into the challenges of day-to-day life. That’s when the work begins, and perhaps that is the message couples need to hear: Saying “I do” is your commitment to lifelong refining and discipleship.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

Special guest David Lowery, director of last year's Pete's Dragon, joins the show today to discuss his hotly anticipated new film A Ghost Story, scheduled to release on July 7. He discusses both his creative process on this highly unusual movie and also what it says about humanity's place in the universe.

Then Wade and Kevin turn their attention to another much-anticipated film, Trey Edward Shults's post-apocalyptic thriller It Comes at Night. Music interlude by the Fisherman, "The Stalker." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0. Theme music by Alexander Osborn and Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:45am EDT

Raise your glass or coffee mug—we’re celebrating! Today marks the 100th episode of Persuasion. Over the past two years, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson have been starting conversations on everything from tiny houses to conspiracy theories to sexual sin. The topics have been as diverse as the guests who have come to share their expertise. In this celebratory chat, Erin and Hannah reminisce while inviting listeners behind the podcasting curtain to hear how Persuasion comes together each week. Podcasting has changed the way we  access discussion-based commentary, making it possible for shows like Persuasion to have a voice. Gratitude flows for the listeners who have tuned in over the past two and a half years to hear fine ladies, rational minds, and the best kind of company dish on pertinent ideas and issues. Has Persuasion stirred any conversations for you? Let us know on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the members-only community on Facebook. Thanks for joining the conversation!

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 1:42am EDT

This week, Wade and Kevin review the hotly anticipated Wonder Woman to see whether Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot can right the ship for the DC Cinematic Universe, but first they have the great pleasure to welcome Filmspotting's Josh Larsen back on the show! Josh sits down with the guys to talk about his new book coming out later this month, Movies Are Prayers, which contemplates cinema as a vehicle for crying out to God. Rate, review, and share this episode for a chance to a free copy of the book!

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

After a brief hiatus, Jonathan is back with a some familiar guests and familiar nominations. Tyler Burns, Luke T. Harrington, and Adam Bryant Marshall are on deck this week to bring 2 old nominees back with 1 fresh addition to the list going up against the underdogs. 

The Nintendo Switch is back with vengeance this week, once again championed by Luke with the key difference now being that Luke has one in his possession. 

Adam brings back the album A Crow Looked at Me from Mount Eerie hoping to succeed in putting this introspective album on the list. 

Tyler Burns shakes things up with a new nomination from author Colson Whitehead. The sixth album from the writer is entitled Underground Railroad but rather than tell a story about slaves escaping from the deep south through hidden basements, this novel is a work of fiction where there is an actual hidden railroad with box cars and tracks. 

One of these three nominees will make it onto The CaPC 25 for 2017. Which one will it be?

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Category:the25 -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

If you are like 75% of Americans, the neighbors next door are actually the strangers next door: only 25% of Americans surveyed knew their neighbors by name. Modern life contributes, of course. The pace is fast. Technology allows us to easily engage with people beyond our neighborhood. Much of our work and play is away from home. All these factors and more mean that we have little down time to chat with the people who live next door or across the street or on the other side of the fence. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson dissect how modern life has changed the way we interact with those who live in close proximity. But modern life doesn’t negate Jesus’ call to be true neighbors to one another.

So what does that look like in this day? Erin and Hannah share a few of their own love-you-neighbor fails and consider ways to overcome the stranger next door dilemma. Discussion wraps with a summary of Hannah’s 2016 article at Christ and Pop Culture on the kindness of Mister Rogers and how he modeled the sort of neighbor we should strive to be. Being mindful of the people in your neighborhood or in your daily path is the first step in getting to know their names and their stories, a small sort of kindness that our world needs more of. Do you know your neighbors? We’d like to hear about the ones you appreciate and the ones you want to know. Stop out on Twitter to answer the Question of the Day: Who are your neighbors?

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

It's a Netflix-centric episode this week, as Wade and Kevin review two exclusives from the streaming giant. First up is War Machine, the Brad Pitt-starring film about the conflict in Afghanistan that offers a jaundiced satire of war in general and generals in war. Then the guys turn to season 2 of Master of None, the comic-dramatic-romantic television show featuring the writing, directing, and acting talents of Aziz Ansari. Is it true that all's fair in love and war? Listen to find out!

Music interlude by South of Royal, "Never Be the Same." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

Drew and Tyler chat with Rebecca Calhoun about her recent article, Moving Past the Purity Movement. We discuss our personal experiences with the purity movement and the lessons we have learned since then. We discuss the importance of making sure our teaching is marked by grace as well as how to encourage honest yet gracious conversations about sex in our churches and Christian communities.

<em>Theme music by <a href="" target="_blank">BKnapp</a>.</em>

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Category:digest -- posted at: 8:38am EDT