New Persuasive Words

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

258 episodes of New Persuasive Words since the first episode, which aired on August 7th, 2015.

  • Episode 240: The Politics of the Cross

    October 8th, 2018  |  36 mins 52 secs

    In this episode we reflect on America's deep political divisions and tribalism in light of the theology of the cross.

  • Episode 239: Politics after Kavanaugh

    October 6th, 2018  |  31 mins 15 secs

    In this episode, recorded as the Senate was voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, we discuss the events that led up to his confirmation and what they might mean for the future of American politics and culture.

  • Episode 238: Is There a Philosophy of the Cross?

    October 1st, 2018  |  35 mins 10 secs

    In this episode, inspired by an essay that appeared in the Expository Times, we talk about the relationship between Christianity and philosophy. Specifically we consider what Christ crucified, "the foolishness of God," has to do with the philosophical enterprise.

  • Episode 237: Death

    September 25th, 2018  |  34 mins 20 secs

    In this episode we talk about life's most universal experience: death.

  • Episode 236: A Post-Christian Conservatism?

    September 18th, 2018  |  28 mins 46 secs

    In this episode we discuss the results of a recent study that show that there is an increasing number of secular and irreligious people forming Trump's GOP base. These less religious Republicans tend to share more of Trump's views that their religious counterparts. What does this mean for the future of the Republican party and the conservative movement?

  • Episode 235: What Was Paul's Problem Anyway?

    September 15th, 2018  |  31 mins

    In this episode, drawing inspiration from a book by Stephen Westerholm, we discuss the Old and New Perspective on Paul and whether Paul's "problem" was a Gentile issue or a problem facing the entire human race.

  • Episode 234: Does The Media Get The Church?

    August 30th, 2018  |  35 mins 2 secs

    In this episode, inspired by a piece in Commentary Magazine about the current crisis in the Catholic Church and the controversy surrounding President Trump's recent dinner with prominent evangelical leaders, we talk about how the media covers and sometimes misunderstands the church and church controversies.

  • Episode 233: Socialism on the Rise?

    August 20th, 2018  |  26 mins 42 secs

    In this episode, inspired by a discussion on the Commentary Magazine podcast, we discuss the rising popularity of socialism in America today.

  • Episode 232: Infrastructure and Tradition

    August 16th, 2018  |  34 mins 56 secs

    In this episode we talk about Roman roads, the importance of infrastructure and the nature of preservation and innovation in traditions.

  • Episode 231: Patriotism and Nationalism

    August 7th, 2018  |  28 mins 1 sec

    William F. Buckley once said: "I’m as patriotic as anyone from sea to shining sea, but there’s not a molecule of nationalism in me.” Inspired by this quote, we consider whether one can be an American patriot and a nationalist at the same time.

  • Episode 230: Nature and Grace

    August 2nd, 2018  |  28 mins 13 secs

    In this episode, continuing a series on law, grace, the Christian life and the nature of the human condition, we discuss the relationship of nature and grace.

  • Episode 229: The Show About Nothing

    July 15th, 2018  |  51 mins 13 secs

    We welcomed friend of the show Geoff Holsclaw into the bunker for the first time. We went into this episode without a topic. It was a show about nothing that became something. This goes down as one of our favorite Bullgeschicte episodes. Can't wait to have Geoff back.

  • Episode 228: When Politics Shapes Religion

    July 13th, 2018  |  21 mins 46 secs

    Inspired by a recent piece in the New York Times, we discuss new research that shows how political affiliations and commitments are shaping religious one, not the other way around.

  • Episode 227: God, Predestination and Evil

    July 9th, 2018  |  25 mins 4 secs

    In this episode, continuing a series on law, grace, the Christian life and the nature of the human condition, we offer a postscript to our previous episode on Calvin and predestination. We grapple with questions about providence, predestination and evil.

  • Episode 226: Calvin and Predestination

    July 6th, 2018  |  27 mins 38 secs

    In this episode, continuing a series on law, grace, the Christian life and the nature of the human condition, we talk about Calvin and predestination.

  • Episode 225: The Little Luther

    June 27th, 2018  |  26 mins 52 secs

    In this episode, continuing a series on law, grace, the Christian life and the nature of the human condition, we talk about Luther and the Reformation reception of Augustine, in conversation with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, popularly know as "The Little Flower of Jesus."