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 156: The Death of Ambition
August 9th, 2017 | 28 mins 19 secs
In this episode we discuss ambition, mortality and everything in between. Our conversation was inspired by Bill's recent article in The Mockingbird print magazine.
Episode 155: Bullgeschichte, Friday Night Lights & Law/Gospel, with Adam Morton
August 4th, 2017 | 40 mins 25 secs
|n this Bullgeschichte/Friday Night Lights episode we talk with the Prince of Lutherans (according to us), Adam Morton. He and Bill argue the finer points of Luther and Lutheranism. Scott cracks bad jokes.
Episode 154: T.S. Eliot on Revelation
August 3rd, 2017 | 31 mins 18 secs
In this episode we consider an essay T.S. Eliot wrote as an introduction on the topic of revelation in the modern world in a volume that listed among its contributors renowned theologians like Karl Barth and Gustav Aulen.
Episode 153: We Need Humanism
July 31st, 2017 | 33 mins 3 secs
We read a weird article. It looks like the atheist left is getting as crazy as the evangelical right. We're nervous.
Episode 152: The Hermeneutics Episode?
July 28th, 2017 | 40 mins 5 secs
We don't talk hermeneutics very often on this podcast. At least explicitly. But Jace Broadhurst got us talking about it. It's Bullgeschichte and Friday Night Lights rolled into one! God help us all.
Episode 151: The Lost Prophecy of Father Joseph Ratzinger
July 26th, 2017 | 33 mins 16 secs
In this episode we discuss a 1969 radio address about the future of the church in a secular age. It was delivered by a young priest known as Joseph Ratzinger, the man who would become Pope Benedict XVI.
Episode 150: Happy Anniversary To Us!
July 20th, 2017 | 34 mins 35 secs
We celebrate the milestone of our 150th episode with listener and friend Josh Retterer. We reflect on where we've been and where we're going.
Episode 149: Friendship Revisited
July 14th, 2017 | 42 mins 29 secs
We revisit one of the themes of our earliest podcasts, friendship.
Episode 148: Judge Not...
July 10th, 2017 | 30 mins 43 secs
In this episode we talk about the powerful temptation to judge other people, which most of us give in to all the time.
Episode 147: Fight or Flight Revisited
July 8th, 2017 | 33 mins 47 secs
As we approach our 150th episode, we're revisiting some topics we did early on at the beginning of the podcast. This episode is about the human tendency to go into fight or flight mode in response to anxiety provoking realities.
Episode 146: Secular Modern Life?
July 3rd, 2017 | 37 mins 33 secs
In this episode we reflect on a 2008 article by the recently deceased Peter Berger which originally appeared in First Things.
Episode 145: Freedom then and Now
June 30th, 2017 | 33 mins 24 secs
In this episode, in light of the upcoming Fourth of July celebration, we reflect on the nature of freedom and life together in the United States.
Episode 144: Why The Saved Need Saving
June 28th, 2017 | 36 mins 27 secs
Do you think you're right and they're wrong? Who's on your heretic list? Liberals? Conservatives? Calvinists? Vegans? Valentians? We continue our musings on truth, heresy and learning the art of life together.
Episode 143: Truth, Heresy...can you know the Difference?
June 26th, 2017 | 32 mins 55 secs
In this podcast we talk about a recent statement by Pope Francis, an article about Rob Bell, and the nature of disagreement in communities that care about their convictions.