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 75: Not All Atheism Is Created Equal
September 2nd, 2016 | 31 mins 56 secs
On this episode the guys talk atheism, reflecting on Scott’s recent conversation with evangelist turned humanist Bart Campolo. Show Notes: We reference an article Scott wrote: http://www.mbird.com/2016/08/the-justification-of-faith/.
Episode 74: The Anger Index
August 30th, 2016 | 29 mins 27 secs
In this episode we discuss whether or not the anger in our culture is at a boiling point and what implications that might have for our future as a society. Show notes: Our inspiration for this podcast came from a podcast by Dan Carlin,
Episode 73: Have You Been To Canaan…And Do You Want To Go Back Again?
August 16th, 2016 | 25 mins 28 secs
We plunge again into some deep questions about where our culture is going and why. Fasten your seatbelts….
Episode 72: Wasteland?
August 4th, 2016 | 32 mins 13 secs
Despite many listener pleas to get back to Bill’s sweetspot, the 5th century, we continue to be mesmerized by current events (current events for Bill are anything after the Reformation). In this episode we talk about where our culture is going,
Episode 71: Evangelicals Politicizing The Trinity?
August 2nd, 2016 | 54 mins 44 secs
In this episode, which is a crossover with the Theology On Mission podcast, we discuss the current debates in the evangelical world over the Trinity and gender roles in church and society, joined by Geoff Holsclaw.
Episode 70: Another Week In Review
July 17th, 2016 | 34 mins 58 secs
There’s a lot going on in the world right now, from the ridiculous to the sublime. Bill and Scott take a little time to reflect on the week’s events.
Episode 69: World On Fire…?
July 7th, 2016 | 30 mins 4 secs
Six days into the history of the show on August 12th of last year we wondered if the possibility of a seismic event in the Pacific Northwest was signaling the end of the world as we know it. We’re coming up on the first anniversary of the show.
Episode 68: Was 1776 A Mistake?
July 3rd, 2016 | 31 mins 44 secs
In this episode we consider the virtues of the Revolutionary War. Would the world be a better place if we didn’t fight it?
Episode 67: Donald Trump Is Born Again (?)
June 28th, 2016 | 32 mins 14 secs
On this episode Bill and Scott cover what could be the religious news story of the year: Donald Trumps born again evangelical experience.
Episode 66: Should Tragedies Change Our Thinking?
June 18th, 2016 | 31 mins 54 secs
In this episode Bill and Scott spend some time trying to find words to understand the Orlando mass shooting and what it means for thinking about modern life.
Episode 65: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same?
June 11th, 2016 | 31 mins 24 secs
In this episode we consider some events in the news recently and wonder whether there is precedent for them or not. We then ask whether or not there is anything new under the sun.
Episode 64: The Eve Of Destruction?
June 5th, 2016 | 34 mins 16 secs
Why are we so interested in post-apocalyptic fiction and film these days? Is it because we sense something about our world is ending? What is it that’s passing away, and why does it matter? Show Notes: We reference a book in this episode: How to Surviv...
Episode 63: Looking For Love In All The (Wrong?) Virtual Places
May 31st, 2016 | 32 mins 31 secs
In this episode we consider the funny and frightful world of online dating and what it tells us about modern culture and ourselves. Show Notes: This podcast grew out of a piece Scott wrote for Mockingbird. You can find it here: http://www.mbird..com/2016/05/faith-the-future-the-frightening-reality-of-online-dating.
Episode 61: Hell
May 17th, 2016 | 34 mins 57 secs
In this episode we take some time to talk about Hell. Who believes in it and why and does it still matter? Show Notes: We reference an essay by George Hunsinger which is found in his book Disruptive Grace. We also reference a book by David Powys,