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A podcast where fine ladies, rational minds, and the best kind of company gather to discuss all sorts of ideas and issues.

Persuasion Christ and Pop Culture

    • Christianity
    • 4.9, 100 Ratings

A podcast where fine ladies, rational minds, and the best kind of company gather to discuss all sorts of ideas and issues.

    Just Getting By

    Just Getting By

    After four months of navigating COVID-19 worries and addressing societal inequalities, it seems that most of us are embracing the reality that our world is forever changed. We're learning new ways to work, build community, celebrate milestones, and more. But none of it is easy or second nature. It's actually quite difficult. Most of us are getting by... but just barely.

    • 32 min
    Looking Ahead in a Viral Age

    Looking Ahead in a Viral Age

    We’re a people that loves to manage every scenario and have backup plans for every contingency. So what happens when the whole world screeches to a near halt and all the data we’ve used for decision making is no longer valid? Well, for most of us, this has produced a not so insignificant level of anxiety. As much as we like looking ahead toward the next thing, it’s tough to come to terms with something when the variables are unknown. In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson wrap up their Growing Viral: Well-Being in the Age of Corona series.
    For this conversation, Erin and Hannah discuss how we accept our new reality that is largely unknown to us. Despite experts best guesses, no one knows how long the pandemic will last, what impact it will have on our society for the future, or if our global economy will recover. Our normal may be long gone, leaving in its place room for something new.

    • 32 min
    Finding Goodness in a Viral Age

    Finding Goodness in a Viral Age

    Loss and grief are central to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve lost loved ones, jobs, freedoms, and security. Some have lost their wedding dates or vacations. Some have lost sleep or a sense of purpose. Discouragement is common as we all scramble to find meaning in the midst of a crisis. This collective grief weighs upon our society, stretching it thin. For this conversation, Erin and Hannah discuss the discouragement we are all experiencing. Without schedules to hem us in, we wander aimlessly through our days, wondering if there’s any reason to get up early or get dressed or even shower. 

    • 29 min
    Releasing Control in a Viral Age

    Releasing Control in a Viral Age

    COVID-19 has taken away so much from us, including our sense of control. Our plans have been cancelled, and our movements are restricted. We can no longer go where we want when we want with whomever we choose. Loss of control may make us angry or fearful or frustrated (or all of those!). In its absence, we begin to play games of If Only or What If in an attempt to regain a bit of what we’ve lost. For this conversation, Erin and Hannah discuss the loss of control we are all experiencing. From rebelling against the restrictions to compulsively adhering to them, we all react differently to the way this pandemic is exerting its power over our lives.

    • 30 min
    Seeking Justice in a Viral Age

    Seeking Justice in a Viral Age

    Anger is on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic—and for good reason. Almost every aspect of our lives has been upended. We are now working and learning from home. All of our public gatherings have been cancelled or postponed, from weddings to funerals to sports to graduations. We have been asked to stay home with our family unit—and the lack of variety is enough to get on our last nerve. Anger is certainly understandable in this viral age.

    • 32 min
    Practicing Lament in a Viral Age, with John Starke

    Practicing Lament in a Viral Age, with John Starke

    The world is grappling with a pandemic that is changing life as we know it. We are grieving the loss of loved ones. Those who have recovered are facing uncertain long-term health conditions. The global economy is struggling along with unknown ramifications for millions of employees. As the coronavirus runs its course, the only thing we know for sure is that life as we know it is forever changed. Yet, facing this reality is no easy task. John Starke joins this conversation to help us look at our use of denial in this season and how lament offers a more fruitful way forward.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 Ratings

Rachel_geneologie_lover😍 ,

True and simple

Balanced, open minded, scriptural.
3 things that often don’t go together now days woven into an easy listen that will challenge deeper thought and conversation.

M Albright ,

My Favorite Podcast

This is my all-time favorite podcast to listen to - the one that makes me do a little happy dance in my house when the notification comes up on my phone that a new episode is available. I love the range of topics covered, the practical wisdom along with all the good “thinking questions” that they bring up while keeping the conversation jovial. Erin’s and Hannah’s personalities couldn’t be more different, but that’s another reason this is so enjoyable - you get angles that represent almost everyone on the spectrum. (I’m more like Hannah, FYI. But I got my sister listening because of Erin. 😉) Thanks to you both for the thought and time you put into these podcasts. Don’t you ever dare stop! 😏

StephenCarterPhotographydotcom ,

My Go To Podcast

I end up taking notes on every single episode. This is what thoughtful, theologically-based Christian conversation looks like. I am more impressed with the episodes that DON'T resolve than the ones that do. These women draw you into the almost unicorn-like space that doesn't seem to exist in our world anymore: a crossroads of humilty and intelligent thought.

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