New Persuasive Words
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.
Episode 126: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
May 5th, 2017 | 37 mins 34 secs
In this episode we talk about break ups. It happens to friends, families, lovers, churches, even countries. Break ups and loss are a part of life, but can you come out of them ever feeling alive again?
Episode 125: A House Divided?
May 2nd, 2017 | 32 mins 30 secs
Reflecting on a recent podcast by Dan Carlin and an Opinion piece in the New York Times, we consider the future of our country as a united one.
Episode 124: Wisdom
April 27th, 2017 | 32 mins 4 secs
In this episode of the podcast we talk about wisdom and it's connection to a life well lived.
Episode 123: The Myth of the Christian Worldview
April 23rd, 2017 | 30 mins
In this episode we talk about "the myth of the Christian worldview" inspired by a recent podcast interview with Molly Worthen and an op-ed piece she wrote for the NY Times.
Episode 122: Bullgeschichte...Thoughts On Things "Constantinian"
April 21st, 2017 | 39 mins 30 secs
This is our first "Bullgeschichte" where we invite a friend or colleague to chat with us about something on our minds. Our first guest is Josh Retterer. We talk with him about Christendom, Constantinianism and how these terms are used today, and whether they're helpful.
Episode 121: Humility
April 18th, 2017 | 33 mins 7 secs
In a recent NY Times Op-ed piece Peter Wehner writes: "Over breakfast with a social psychologist I know, I asked him what constructive contribution Christians could make to public life. An atheist who finds much to admire in religion, he answered simply: 'Humility.'" We reflect on that exchange a bit in the podcast.
Episode 120: Saturday Night Dead
April 14th, 2017 | 24 mins 33 secs
In this podcast we reflect on Holy Saturday, the day between Christ's death and Resurrection, and what it means for Christian existence and identity.
Episode 119: The Hysterical Quest For The Historical Jesus
April 10th, 2017 | 34 mins 34 secs
In this episode we tackle the thorny questions about the historical Jesus and the Christ of Faith.
Episode 118: Friday Night Lights...Proper Confidence & The Copa Cabana
April 7th, 2017 | 36 mins 53 secs
In this Friday Night Lights episode we talk about Leslie Newbigin, epistemology, Syria, Don Rickles and Barry Manilow. Enjoy!
Episode 117: Law and Gospel or Gospel is Law?
April 3rd, 2017 | 29 mins 27 secs
In this episode we talk about Karl Barth's understanding of the relationship of Law and Gospel, inspired by this piece: http://postbarthian.com/2017/03/31/gospel-law-karl-barth-relationship-law-gospel/#KarlBarth.
Episode 116: Friday Night Lights...Kung Fu Fighting
March 31st, 2017 | 33 mins 13 secs
In our weekly Friday Night Lights show we answer a question that the one and only Benson Shelton posed to us via Facebook. He's an Episcopal priest and a certified ninja.
Episode 115: The Death of Truth?
March 27th, 2017 | 31 mins 3 secs
In this episode we discuss the recent Time Magazine cover story "The Death of Truth?"
The article we discuss can be found here: http://time.com/4710614/donald-trump-fbi-surveillance-house-intelligence-committee/?xid=homepage&pcd=hp-magmod.
Episode 114: Liberal Fundamentalism?
March 25th, 2017 | 29 mins 25 secs
In this episode we talk about the increasing intolerance that seems to be arising on the cultural left today. As a specific example we consider a recent controversy involving Princeton Seminary and Tim Keller.
Episode 113: Love Wants You To Be
March 20th, 2017 | 32 mins
We continue talking about the work of Tomas Halik and what loving God looks like in a today's day and age.