New Persuasive Words

"The revival in religion will be a rhetorical problem - new persuasive words for defaced or degraded ones." - Thornton Wilder

About the show

New Persuasive Words started as two guys talking about life with what we thought (hoped?) was wit and insight, on our good days anyway. Then...a podcast.

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Episodes

  • Episode 18: Friends

    October 6th, 2015  |  33 mins 22 secs

      We need not view a friendship with another human being either as having no other end but itself or as being solely a means to friendship with God. God is known in communion, but of course communion, the eucharist,

  • Episode 17: Don’t Worry, Be…Happy?

    October 1st, 2015  |  26 mins 44 secs

    JOY IN NONSENSE. How can men take joy in nonsense? They do so, wherever there is laughter-in fact, one can almost say that wherever there is happiness there is joy in nonsense. It gives us pleasure to turn experience into its opposite,

  • Episode 13: Know Thy Selfie

    September 11th, 2015  |  23 mins 28 secs

      We can probably all agree that smartphones are now an inseparable part of ourselves (if you can afford one, that is), and so is the Internet. Whether that’s a good thing is still undergoing intense philosophical scrutiny.

  • Episode 12: Beware The Maelstrom

    September 8th, 2015  |  39 mins 56 secs

    MAELSTROMS — THOSE POWERFUL SWIRLING whirlpools in the open seas — have been known to pull hapless fishing boats, crew, and cargo down into a deadly vortex to the ocean’s dark depths. Maelstroms take on epic proportions in the world of fiction.

  • Episode 10: I Fought The Law

    September 2nd, 2015  |  39 mins 21 secs

    Contemporary American culture, however, holds a much more optimistic view of human moral capabilities than does the Bible, and this has unfortunately crept into churches. How else to explain the fact that a religion based on acknowledging our own fault...

  • Episode 9: Blessed Are The Vulnerable

    August 29th, 2015  |  30 mins

    Some things you make. Some you recover. Some you discover. This podcast is a combination of all three. Often times after people see, hear or read something they connect with want to know where it came from.

  • Episode 8: Did God Kill Jesus?

    August 25th, 2015  |  37 mins 4 secs

    We recently had the privilege of talking with pastor, professor and author Tony Jones. You can find out more about Tony and his most recent Did God Kill Jesus? at his website: tonyj.net. Enjoy the conversation and grab a copy of Tony’s book!

  • Episode 4: The End Of The Word As We Know It…But Please Not In Winter!!!

    August 12th, 2015  |  28 mins 11 secs

    This converastion was inspired by an article in the New Yorker by Katherine Schultz. She describes a massive earthquake heading for the Pacific Northwest. It’s not if but when will this monster hit. Despite the certainty that this awful monstrous event...

  • Episode 3: Lost In Translation, Part 2

    August 8th, 2015  |  25 mins 14 secs

    We continue reflecting on the complexities of translating ideas from an ancient sacred text into contemporary concepts and language. The conversation was partly inspired by N.T. Wright’s review of Wesley Hill’s new book Paul and the Trinity.

  • Episode 2: Lost In Translation, Part 1.

    August 7th, 2015  |  31 mins 2 secs

    This podcast was inspired by some questions asked by an old friend of Bill Borrer’s. Bill and I attempt to wrestle with how you hold onto faith amidst confusion about things like biblical interpretation and frustration with the church using the Bible l...

  • Episode 1: Summer Super Hero Movie Extravaganza

    August 7th, 2015  |  22 mins 24 secs

    In the next four years there are 30, YES 30, comic book super hero movies or sequels scheduled to hit theaters near you. Why are there so many films being made about comic book heroes and why do we keep going to see them again and again?