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 131: Where Do Words Come From?
May 20th, 2017 | 32 mins 26 secs
In this episode, inspired by a short essay written by the renowned novelist Cormac McCarthy. It deals with the origins of human language, and whether evolutionary explanations do it justice.
Episode 130: From Russia With Love
May 16th, 2017 | 24 mins 59 secs
In this episode we discuss President Trump's recent sharing of code-word clearance intelligence information with the Russian Foreign Minister and the Russian Ambassador to the United States.
Episode 129: The Road Not Taken
May 15th, 2017 | 25 mins 2 secs
In this episode we consider the meaning of a poem often quoted during commencement season, Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken".
Episode 128: Faith, Fragility and Friendship
May 12th, 2017 | 37 mins 17 secs
In this episode, which is a combo of our Friday Night Lights and Bullgeschichte episodes, we talk with Matt Milliner.
Episode 127: What Is Sophistry?
May 8th, 2017 | 30 mins 17 secs
In this episode we talk about Sophistry and its role in contemporary public life.
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!