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    Persuasion 201 | Taking America Back for GodTaking American Back for God

    Persuasion 201 | Taking America Back for GodTaking American Back for God

    In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson dig into the For God and Country series. In this conversation, Erin and Hannah look to the pain points Christians are feeling and use them to unearth the way fear can sway our political leanings. In Christian circles, there has been increasing concern about religious rights and freedoms, as well as rally cries to take our nation back for God. To help us understand the factors feeding these ideas, Hannah speaks with Sam Perry, who has done significant research on Christian nationalism. Together with Andrew Whitehead, Sam authored a book of his findings titled Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States. Sam addresses the growing conflation of Christian faith with nationalism, which at its core is political idolatry. Because we are so accustomed to these messages and stances within the Church, we can become blind to how we've adopted ideals and stances that are contrary to the gospel. Is it truly our mandate to take America back for God? Are Christians under persecution in the United States—or is it just a loss of privilege and status? Should Christians focus on protecting our own rights or is it more important to reach others with the love of God found in Jesus? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these as we learn to think more clearly about the intersection of faith and politics. Then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

    • 42 min
    Seeing and Believing 263 | Niki Caro’s Mulan and Rian Johnson’s Brick

    Seeing and Believing 263 | Niki Caro’s Mulan and Rian Johnson’s Brick

    The calendar says that summer is drawing to a close, but Seeing & Believing refuses to accept it! Blockbuster season goes on as the guys take the plunge on the Disney+ exclusive Mulan, the latest live-action remake of a Disney animated feature. The "Summer of Darkness" also continues with a review of Brick, Rian Johnson's 2006 debut, which sets the familiar hard-boiled detective story in a high school.
    Music interlude by ALPH, "It's That Kinda Night." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

    • 56 min
    Persuasion 200 | For God and Country? with Kaitlyn Schiess

    Persuasion 200 | For God and Country? with Kaitlyn Schiess

    In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson kick off their fall series called For God and Country. Each episode of the series will tackle an aspect of how faith and politics collide. To get the conversation started, Erin and Hannah host fellow Christ and Pop Culture writer Kaitlyn Schiess. Kaitlyn is a seminary student and bright thinker with a new book releasing September 8 from InterVarsity Press titled The Liturgy of Politics: Spiritual Formation for the Sake of Our Neighbor. She wrote this book to help fellow Christians recognize the formative power of the political forces all around us and then to help us recover historic Christian practices that shape us in faith so that our political engagement is more effective. Considering the stress most people experience in political conversations, this is one area we could all grow in!

    • 39 min
    Dean Parisot’s Bill and Ted Face the Music and Roman Polanski’s Chinatown

    Dean Parisot’s Bill and Ted Face the Music and Roman Polanski’s Chinatown

    Brush up on your air-guitar skills and get your SoCal dude-accents ready, because Seeing & Believing embarks on another excellent adventure this week. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter may be getting a little long in the tooth, but that doesn't mean they can't bring their iconic slackers back for another victory lap around time and space. Wade and Kevin review Bill and Ted Face the Music to see if the Wyld Stallyns still have a spring in their step after all this time. They balance out the frivolity with the somber neo-noir classic Chinatown, the next installment in the Summer of Darkness.
    Music interlude by mad bello, ìBon Voyage.î Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.
    Theme music by Alexander Osborn and Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

    • 51 min
    Getting By... with Luke T. Harrington

    Getting By... with Luke T. Harrington

    Humor has been rather hard to find in 2020. We've had month after month of very serious happenings. When the world is falling apart, laughter feels wrong—even callous. Serious things call for a serious countenance... right?
    In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson kick off a late summer miniseries called Getting By. Each episode of the series includes a special guest who has something specific to share about how we can get by in life considering the world as it is today. Luke T. Harrington joins this conversation to help us see the value of humor—especially in dark times. His latest release from Thomas Nelson is titled Murder-Bears, Moonshine, and Mayhem: Strange Stories from the Bible to Leave You Amused, Bemused, and (Hopefully) Informed. This nonfiction humor book looks at some of the odd tales in the Bible, examining and casting new light on some of the Bible's stranger moments. Luke's work flows from a truly unique perspective on life and faith. And that perspective is one we all need if we are to move forward and remain emotionally stable during life's trials, both personal and societal. Humor is good for our psyche—relieving stress and disarming our defenses. Although humor may not come naturally to us, we can borrow the lens from friends like Luke. Is it OK to chuckle at the absurdities we see in the world? How about the ones we see in Scripture? Does humor discount suffering and sorrow? How does humor enrich our faith? Conversation touches on the importance of humor and how our faith can actually be strengthened when we learn to take ourselves—and life—a little less seriously. Listen in for dialogue on questions like these as we learn how to get by together. Then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

    • 41 min
    Amanda McBaine/Jesse Moss’s Boys State and Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-hiker

    Amanda McBaine/Jesse Moss’s Boys State and Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-hiker

    As election season spins up in earnest, the guys get into the spirit of the season with a new documentary. Boys State explores what happens when over a thousand bright high school boys from Texas get together to form their own two-party government: is it more Frank Capra or more Lord of the Flies? Also on the docket is the next installment in the "Summer of Darkness" film noir marathon, featuring the first major noir to be directed by a woman, the great Ida Lupino.
    Music interlude by Idyllic, "Cogitation." Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

    • 1 hr 8 min

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