Cooper & Cary Have Words

There is a new podcast in town. As if the world needed more over-educated white men talking.

But actually, there’s not much out there in this area; serious but witty discussion of the Christian faith, culture, the arts, history and theology.

And so, Barry Cooper and James Cary present Cooper & Cary Have Words.

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Show Notes – Episode 18 – Artists In The Church

Barry and James talk about when they met (James was out by at least one year), and how the Church struggles to relate to artists and creatives. James also has a pop a Bunyan, as if going to jail for his faith wasn’t enough. And Barry is excited that this episode should be in glorious stereo.

Is Jesus Funny? Episode 4

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Theme Tune by Roger Taylor

Show Notes – Episode 17: Can a Christian buy a Porsche?

James and Barry talk about whether a Christian can buy a Porsche. They also talk about how to pronounce the word, ‘Porsche’ and James is unconvincing when trying to explain why he bought an iPad Pro.

The Burning Time by Virginia Rounding

Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens

Where We Are: The State of Britain Now by Roger Scruton

Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter by Scott Adams

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Theme Tune by Roger Taylor

Show Notes – Episode 16: More Tea, Vicar?

James and Barry talk about the Church of England, the baffling procedures of General Synod and denominational drift.

A bit of Bishops’ Gambit on Yes, Prime Minister

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Theme Tune by Roger Taylor

Show Notes – Episode 15: We Need To Talk About Lobsters

James and Barry talk about ‘that interview’ of Jordan Peterson by Cathy Newman, and have some thoughts about his latest bestselling book, 12 Rules for Life.

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B Peterson

Article by James Cary on the interview with The Professor of Awkward

The original Youtube Video of that interview

And that ‘So What You’re Saying Is’ Cathy Newman Youtube medley

Show Notes – Episode 14: Living In The Margins

James and Barry finish off their chat with very funny syndicated radio host Brant Hansen and ask the question, “Are Christians about to be completely marginalized in the West and would that be such a bad thing anyway?”

Blessed are the Misfits by Brant Hansen

Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen

Closing music: Everything’s Fine by Yvonne Lyon

The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher

Is Facebook Spying On You? Reply All Podcast from Gimlet Media

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Theme Tune by Roger Taylor

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Show Notes – Episode 13: Just Not Feeling It

James and Barry talk a bit more to syndicated radio host and author of Blessed are the Misfit, Brant Hansen about their feelings – or lack of feelings. And James makes up a parable using an algorithm.

Blessed are the Misfits by Brant Hansen

Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen

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Show Notes – Episode 12: Blessed Are The Misfits

James and Barry talk to syndicated radio host and author of Blessed are the Misfit, Brant Hansen.

Blessed are the Misfits by Brant Hansen

Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen

Show Notes – Episode 11: 12 Pods of Christmas

See here for James and Barry’s Top Ten Books of all time.

 

Show Notes – Episode 10: So Long, 2017

James and Barry talk about their favo(u)rite movies, books, tv and podcasts of 2017. It’s like a Christmas office party except without anything untoward happening on the photocopier, complete with the obligatory Carl Trueman impression. Although they slightly overdo it on the jingles. But then, it is Christmas.

You can hear Paul Bell’s Christmas Album here.

The God Particle play by James Cary can be found here.

Here are some of the books mentioned:

John Clare: A Biography by Jonathan Bate is here

Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis by Annie Jacobsen is here

And The Divided Self by RD Laing here.

Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us To Live In Light of The End by David Gibson is here

Politics of Guilt and Pity by Rousas J. Rushdoony is here

The Road to Somewhere by David Goodhart is here

Carl Trueman Lectures on Luther are here.

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Show Notes – Episode 9: The Truth About Santa

Should Christians tell their kids the truth about Santa? James and Barry give Father Christmas some festive stuffing. Plus the faucet saga continues.

That extraordinary and worrying story on This American Life

Wendy Thomas Russell, PBS “Why you should lie to your kids about Santa”

100 Cupboards by Nate Wilson

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Show Notes – Episode 8: Answering Questions with Questions?

Is a faucet the same as a tap? And what on earth is a spigot? James and Barry consult an expert. Oh, and there’s also some less important stuff about evangelism and Christian movies.

Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did by Randy Newman

Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer

Show Notes – Episode 7: The Forgotten Commandment

Barry & James talk about Thanksgiving and the importance of gratitude, and then look ahead to Christmas with an interview with comedian Paul Kerensa.

SHORT GLOSSARY FOR SOME OF OUR AMERICAN LISTENERS

Mince pies: A small sweet pastry pie containing spiced fruit. Why Mince? It used to be minced meat. Why? It’s complicated.

Boxing Day: December 26th, which is a Bank Holiday in England & Wales. Why Boxing Day? It’s complicated.

Oliver Cromwell: Puritan Leader of Parliament who defeated Charles I, had him executed and had himself made Lord Protector of the Commonwealth/Republic. How did that all go? It’s really complicated.

The Most Repeated Command in the Bible

That Episode of Freakonomics about gratitude

People might also enjoy this TED talk by David Steindl on being grateful 

Paul Kerensa’s book Hark!: The Biography Of Christmas 

Paul Kerensa’s Comedians & Carols 

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Show Notes – Episode 6: The God of Open Options

Barry & James talk about Christmas lights, Middle English and the tyranny of choice.

The God of Open Options (Christianity Today article) by Barry Cooper

More Choices, Less Commitment (The Gospel Coalition) by Barry Cooper

Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue by John Tierney in NY Times

Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

A Secular Age by Charles Taylor

Our Secular Age by Collin Hansen

Principles of War: A Handbook on Strategic Evangelism by Jim Wilson

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert Putnam

Up in the Air by Jason Reitman starring George Cloony

Show Notes – Episode 5: The Cult of Personality Tests

Barry (INFJ) and James (INFP) talk about personality tests, Myers Briggs, Enneagrams, Hamlet and Kevin Pietersen.

The Road to Character by David Brooks

The Road Back To You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

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Show Notes – Episode 4: Was Jesus Funny?

Barry & James ask whether Jesus was – or is – funny, as well as thinking about Luther’s jokes and the role of comedy in preaching.

That John Piper clip here.

You can hear Yvonne Lyon here.

The Humor of Christ by Elton Trueblood

Samson and the Pirate Monks: Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood by Nate Larkin

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Show Notes – Episode 3: Hocus Pocus

Barry & James talk about the weather, obviously, and Halloween. Plus a cameo from Barry’s dad and a brand new theme tune.

Steve Jeffery’s brilliant ‘Do You Believe in Ghosts?’ talk here.

Barry’s Book:

Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us To Live In Light of The End by David Gibson

Worst Front Cover Ever?

James’s Book:

Unholy Spirits by Gary North

Barry’s Phat Beats:

Oh Wonder – Lifetimes (Everything Everything Remix)

Theme Tune: Time Track by Roger Taylor

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A Monk’s Tale CD here.

 

Show Notes – Episode 2: Dreams, Doors & Casting Couches

Barry and James discuss Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, Harvey Weinstein, the Mike Pence Rule and Puritans. And the weather. Briefly.

James Cary’s live show, A Monk’s Tale, is here

Barry Cooper’s Luther documentary is here

Article by James Cary about The Mike Pence Rule is here

The History Boys by Alan Bennet is here

Worldly Saints: The Puritans As They Really Were by Leland Ryken is here

The Road to Somewhere by David Goodhart is here

 

Show Notes – Episode 1: A Game of Hurricanes

Barry and James talk about Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, whether Christians should watch Game of Thrones, and recommend a couple of books.

Kevin DeYoung on Game of Thrones here and again here

James Cary’s live show, A Monk’s Tale, is here.

Barry Cooper’s Luther documentary is here.

Carl Trueman Lectures on Luther are here.

Get hold of The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt here.

And The Divided Self by RD Laing here.