Christ and Pop Culture

Tyler Burns is running the show with special guest Val Dunham as they talk about her article on Christ and Pop Culture, "Baylor's Need for a Lingering Repentance." The duo talk about the situation at Baylor University, the consequences that can arise from a male dominated sport that has been turned into an industry, and the moral conviction of Baylor that is sorely needed in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed the school. 

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Category:digest -- posted at: 11:59am EST

Special guest John Wilson from Books and Culture joins Jonathan, Sarah and returning guest Kevin McLenithan in the 17th episode of the season. The nominations for inclusion on the prestigious #25 include black comedy The Lobster, a republishing of three of Ross Macdonald's crime novels in Ross Macdonald: Three Novels of the Early 1960s, and the late fashion photographer and cultural observer Bill Cunningham. 

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Category:the25 -- posted at: 11:11am EST

After a week off, Wade and Kevin try to remember how to make a podcast as they dive into Pixar's latest, Finding Dore. Then they shift gears to review the new indie document Almost Holy, about a Ukrainian pastor whose passion for helping the poor and cleaning up the streets of his city goes to some very unusual places.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:17am EST

The CaPC 25 for 2016 is back after week off and it is possibly our best yet. Jonathan and Sarah are joined by special guests Amanda Martinez Beck and Kevin McLennithan to find out what will be added in the 17th slot for 2016. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda is the 30 something, man-bun sporting, baby seal eyed, musical force that is taking pop culture by storm and is the nomination of Amanda Martinez Beck. Known for 'Hamilton', the New York born musical prodigy is racking up accolades and has a near cult following amongst his most devoted fans, but is it enough to warrant inclusion on our year end list?

Anthony Bourdain is a celebrated chef, author, and television personality currently on CNN as the host of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. One of the earliest pioneers of making food a pop culture conversation and educating the masses of what is possible in the field of culinary experiences. He also exemplifies what Christians preach in his world travels by not being a snob and treats people with great affection and dignity from the street vendor to the 5 star chef. 

Love and Friendship is the final nomination in which we see Jane Austin's adapted to the silver screen. Kate Beckinsale plays the lead anti-hero and perfectly represents a departure from the prim and proper portrays we are used to seeing in Jane Austin works. The story of redemption is a powerful motivation but is it enough to gain entry onto the prestigious 25? 

Find out if Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anthony Bourdain, or 'Love and Friendship' make it onto the 17th slot in The CaPC 25, Episode 16

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Category:the25 -- posted at: 12:42pm EST

Have you noticed how easily we profess a hatred or fear of math? Common, everyday situations that call for basic calculations can cause us great anxiety—revealed in an outpouring of commentary such as, “I don’t do numbers” or “I’m not a math person.” We are quick to distance ourselves from anything math-related, and the consequences are growing.

In a Washington Post article by Valerie Strauss says much in the title alone: “Stop Telling Kids You’re Bad at Math. You Are Spreading Math Anxiety ‘Like a Virus’.” Strauss reports that consistently bemoaning our fear of math and numbers is affecting the next generation. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Wendy Alsup to discuss a better way forward.

As a math educator and fellow thinker, Alsup works directly with adult learners helping them to overcome their own fear of math that keeps them from understanding math in their jobs. Alsup shares with Persuasion listeners the glory of math as foundational to the created world and how God can be known using advanced mathematics. With this framework in place, we can embrace the beauty and value of numbers as people of faith and pass on to the next generation a wonder and love for math.

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Category:persuasion -- posted at: 5:53pm EST

The two films on deck for the show this week couldn't be more different: Love And Friendship, a Jane Austen adaptation about a scheming widow in Georgian England; and Weiner, a documentary about a certain New York senator with an unfortunate last name. Political sex scandals or politely vicious drawing-room machinationsówhich one captures Wade and Kevin's fancy more?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:25am EST

Tyler and Drew chat with Amanda Martinez Beck about her recent article: Real God, Messy People: Christians and ABC’s ‘The Real O’Neals’. We chat about the church’s current uneasy relationship with LGBT people, the scandalous grace of God in the gospel, and the importance of listening to and learning from our neighbors.


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Category:digest -- posted at: 12:14pm EST

Chewbacca Mom roars back onto the nomination pile along with Disney's Zootopia. Both are looking for a shot at redemption after failing to clinch their spots on the The CaPC 25 for 2016. However both nominations will have to content with Muhammed Ali as the boxer's passing brings his immense popularity and influence both in sports and culture back to the forefront. Can Candace Payne go toes to toe with 'The Greatest' and the joke telling sloths of Zootopia?

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Category:the25 -- posted at: 11:25am EST

This week on Seeing and Believing, Wade is joined by Reel World Theology founder, Mikey Fissel. Since Kevin’s off saving the world from worldwide destruction (this isn’t what happened, but it sounds cool), Wade and Mikey chat about Bryan Singers’ new mutant extravaganza, X-Men: Apocalypse. Then, they follow this discussion with a few thoughts on a plethora our biggest directors and performers heading to explosive, superhero projects. Is this a good thing, or a bad thing? Hey, at least we’ll get to see the world almost end in all its cinematic brilliance.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

Drew is joined by David O. Taylor to talk about a dream at 3am that eventually lead to the meeting of Eugene Peterson and U2 frontman Bono for the purpose of discussing the Psalms.

The conversation follows the near decade long effort to have a connection between Bono and Eugene Peterson and the documentation of the meeting. The dialogue turns toward the ideas David acquired of redefining friendship and the emotional vulnerability that it requires. The idea of redefining friendship, acquaintances, and how we frame our digital relationships are all topics of discussion in this episode of the CaPC Digest.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:06am EST