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James Cary and Barry Cooper are two English friends who live 4000 miles apart and enjoy theology, culture and the arts. Now they record themselves and call it a podcast. Thanks, internet.
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James and Barry discuss the "Sinner's Prayer", that staple of evangelistic sermons, books and courses. Helping our lovable chimps is the evangelist and author Glen Scrivener. At the end, James and Barry also have a quick chat about the Alpha Course. It's all related. Honestly.[Note: Glen's audio is affected by a small issue about halfway through, but fear not - it's still very listenable.]  Glen's spoken word poem "I Gave My Life To Jesus"Barry's blog series on the Sinner's Prayer (Part One, Part Two, and Part Three)A History of the Sinner's Prayer (TGC article)Hey you! Yes you, the disarmingly intelligent and discerning one. Would you like longer, uncut versions of each new episode, in video format, several days in advance? All this and more will be yours, when you become a Cooper & Cary Patron. You also get lots of other exciting goodies, the chance to talk more about issues raised by the show, and the unbridled approval of all other human beings.Get the next episode of C&C by clicking "Subscribe" in your podcast app. And if you liked *this* episode, please leave us a review. No-one's left us a review in AGES. I mean it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, obviously. Really, just forget I said anything. Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Production and incidental music by Cooper & Cary.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
You know how you get your kids to make an effigy of a religious dissenter and set fire to it? Welcome to Guy Fawkes night, one of those odd dates in the English character that dates back to 1605 and the Gunpowder Plot. Some words too on how you can mess with your Christian friends over Halloween. If you're wondering about the title of the episode...And don't forget:Watch the videos of the recent Forefront Arts Festival here.Purchase James' A Monk's Tale here, or get it for FREE by becoming a Cooper & Cary Patron - it'll be uploaded for Patrons on Reformation Day (31st October).Listen to Barry's dramatic new podcast, Luther: In Real Time.Hey you! Yes you, the disarmingly intelligent and discerning one. Would you like longer, uncut versions of each new episode, in video format, several days in advance? All this and more will be yours, when you become a Cooper & Cary Patron. You also get lots of other exciting goodies, the chance to talk more about issues raised by the show, and the unbridled approval of all other human beings.Get the next episode of C&C by clicking "Subscribe" in your podcast app. And if you liked *this* episode, please leave us a review. No-one's left us a review in AGES. I mean it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, obviously. Really, just forget I said anything. Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Production and incidental music by Cooper & Cary.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
At 8pm EST and 1AM UK Time, Cooper and Cary will be joined by Nate Morgan Locke and Brant Hansen on Election Night - 3rd November (v early 4th Nov UK time!).Patreon only. Join us!Plus loads of benefits, including A Monk's Tale Audio, Uncut episodes, bonuses and Patreon chat.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
#93 Ballot Dancing

#93 Ballot Dancing

2020-10-2246:55

James and Barry have words about voting: what it is, and what it isn't.Watch the videos of the recent Forefront Arts Festival here.Purchase James' A Monk's Tale here, or get it for FREE by becoming a Cooper & Cary Patron - it'll be uploaded for Patrons on Reformation Day (31st October).Listen to Barry's dramatic new podcast, Luther: In Real Time.Hey you! Yes you, the disarmingly intelligent and discerning one. Would you like longer, uncut versions of each new episode, in video format, several days in advance? All this and more will be yours, when you become a Cooper & Cary Patron. You also get lots of other exciting goodies, the chance to talk more about issues raised by the show, and the unbridled approval of all other human beings.Get the next episode of C&C by clicking "Subscribe" in your podcast app. And if you liked *this* episode, please leave us a review. No-one's left us a review in AGES. I mean it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, obviously. Really, just forget I said anything. Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Production and incidental music by Cooper & Cary.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
How do you like your Bible translations? Dynamic, literal or paraphrased? Does it matter? Answer: Yes. Cooper and Cary Have Words about the Words in the Bible - and the words invented by William Tyndale as he literally made the English Language more Biblical. There was a guy who was good with words. Plus why not teach your kids New Testament Greek? Not even joking.Cooper and Cary refer to this document in the podcast:https://www.crossway.org/articles/on-bible-translations-a-qa-with-leland-ryken-part-1/Understanding English Bible Translation: The Case for an Essentially Literal Approach by Leland RykenCan I Really Trust The Bible? by BarryHey you! Yes you, the disarmingly attractive and intelligent one. Would you like longer, uncut versions of each new episode, in video format, several days in advance? All this will be yours, when you become a Cooper & Cary Patron. You also get lots of other exciting goodies, the chance to talk more about issues raised by the show, and the unbridled approval of all other human beings.Get the next episode of C&C by clicking "Subscribe" in your podcast app. And if you liked *this* episode, please leave us a review. No-one's left us a review in AGES. I mean it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, obviously. Really, just forget I said anything. [Solitary tear courses down otherwise stoic face.]Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Production and incidental music by Cooper & Cary.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
#91 Stop Taking Sides

#91 Stop Taking Sides

2020-09-2453:50

Cooper and Cary Have Words with Adam Mabry, Lead Pastor of Aletheia Church Boston, MA. Adam's written words about hot topics within the church and how not taking sides doesn't just mean watering down your own convictions. He's previously written about the Art of Rest, so obviously Cary wants to have words about that.Stop Taking Sides: How Holding Truths in Tension Saves Us from Anxiety and Outrage by Adam MabryThe Art of Rest: Faith to Hit Pause in a World That Never Stops by Adam MabryJames also talked to Adam for the Good Book Company podcast here.Hey you! Yes you, the disarmingly attractive and intelligent one. Would you like longer, uncut versions of each new episode, in video format, several days in advance? All this will be yours, when you become a Cooper & Cary Patron. You also get lots of other exciting goodies, the chance to talk more about issues raised by the show, and the unbridled approval of all other human beings.Get the next episode of C&C by clicking "Subscribe" in your podcast app. And if you liked *this* episode, please leave us a review. No-one's left us a review in AGES. I mean it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, obviously. Really, just forget I said anything. [Solitary tear courses down otherwise stoic face.]Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Production and incidental music by Cooper & Cary.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
#90 Living in Babylon

#90 Living in Babylon

2020-09-1053:121

An email from a listener sparks a debate about how James, given his (he would argue biblical) views on the state line up with getting paid by The BBC. James deflects and throws it open. But it's a good question: How do we live in a compromised, fallen world. At what point does a godly desire for purity become selfish? (A Meatloaf based subtitle for this episode is also available.)James has been banging on about this book for a while: Journey to the Mayflower.Hey you! Yes you, the disarmingly attractive and intelligent one. Would you like longer, uncut versions of each new episode, in video format, several days in advance? All this will be yours, when you become a Cooper & Cary Patron. You also get lots of other exciting goodies, the chance to talk more about issues raised by the show, and the unbridled approval of all other human beings.Get the next episode of C&C by clicking "Subscribe" in your podcast app. And if you liked *this* episode, please leave us a review. No-one's left us a review in AGES. I mean it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, obviously. Really, just forget I said anything. [Solitary tear courses down otherwise stoic face.]Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Production and incidental music by Cooper & Cary.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
James and Barry have words with *you*, the discerning and long-suffering Cooper & Cary listener. Among other things, they discuss guns, the downside of mask-wearing, and young earth creationism. It's like listening to two chimps puzzling over an abandoned fidget spinner.- Barry's Simply Put episode about "The Millennium" and the difference between a-mills, pre-mills and post-mills.- Is Genesis History? (YouTube).- The Stephen Tomkins episode of James' The Inquisition.Hey you! Yes you, the disarmingly attractive and intelligent one. Would you like longer, uncut versions of each new episode, in video format, several days in advance? All this will be yours, when you become a Cooper & Cary Patron. You also get lots of other exciting goodies, the chance to talk more about issues raised by the show, and the unbridled approval of all other human beings.Get the next episode of C&C by clicking "Subscribe" in your podcast app. And if you liked *this* episode, please leave us a review. No-one's left us a review in AGES. I mean it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, obviously. Really, just forget I said anything. [Solitary tear courses down otherwise stoic face.]Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Production and incidental music by Cooper & Cary.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
#88 Flirt or Flee

#88 Flirt or Flee

2020-08-1348:551

James and Barry have words about lust. Is lust ok if it's directed at a spouse? Why was Hugh Hefner considered such a hero in supposedly enlightened quarters? And what weapons work best in the fight against lust? Wired For Intimacy by William StruthersThe Expulsive Power Of A New Affection (free sermon transcript) by Thomas ChalmersHey you! Yes you, the attractive and intelligent one. Would you like longer, uncut versions of each new episode, in video format, several days in advance? All this will be yours, when you become a Cooper & Cary Patron. You also get lots of other exciting goodies, the chance to talk more about issues raised by the show, and the unbridled approval of other human beings.To make sure you get the next episode of C&C, click "Subscribe" in your podcast app. And if you liked *this* episode, we're very grateful for your reviews of the show in the Apple podcast app.Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Production and incidental music by Cooper & Cary.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
Cooper's elevator pitch for Simply Put: "It's a short podcast about long words."Barry's been writing and presenting Simply Put since April 2019, so there are dozens of episodes to discover. They usually have funny bits, though this one has a more serious tone for reasons that will become clear. Hope it'll be an encouragement to you.Simply Put WebsiteSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
James and Barry have words about a controversial infographic on "whiteness". They also talk about the sin of self-reliance, the danger of confusing one's culture with the gospel, and Vanilla Ice.This episode is sponsored by our friends at the Forefront Festival. If you're a Christian who's serious about producing excellent art, visit www.ForefrontFestival.com to register for Forefront 2020, an online arts festival featuring TONS of great artists. It's happening on Friday 7th August at 7pm Eastern. Our good friend Nate Morgan Locke will be doing the keynote speech.The "whiteness" infographic under discussion, since withdrawn by the Smithsonian.James' Joshua For Kids YouTube films.Get longer, uncut versions of each new episode, in video format, several days in advance, when you become a Cooper & Cary Patron. You also get lots of other goodies, plus the chance to talk more about issues raised by the show. To make sure you get the next episode of C&C, click "Subscribe" in your favourite podcast app. And if you liked *this* episode, we're very grateful for your reviews of the show in the Apple podcast app. Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Production and incidental music by Cooper & Cary.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
Why are high profile pastors taking their own lives? What's gone wrong? How can we make sense of it? James and Barry have words.If you're struggling with suicidal thoughts, don't struggle alone. There are hotlines you can call, 24 hours a day: 08457 90 90 90 (UK) or 1-800-273-8255 (US)Four Truths For Christians Who May Be Struggling With SuicideChristopher Ash, Zeal Without BurnoutAdam Mabry, The Art of RestChristopher Ash, The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would ReadFreakonomics Podcast Ep 40: The Suicide ParadoxWhy Pastors are Committing Suicide (The Gospel Coalition)4 Ways To Love Your Pastor (The Gospel Coalition)Articles from CCEF (Christian Counseling and Education Foundation) Previous C&C episodes of relevance:https://www.cooperandcary.com/67-do-you-want-to-change/ (Interview With Glynn Harrison)https://www.cooperandcary.com/21-when-darkness-seems-my-closest-friend/ (Interview With Mark Meynell)Get longer, uncut versions of each new episode, in video format, several days in advance, when you become a Cooper & Cary Patron. You also get lots of other goodies, plus the chance to talk more about issues raised by the show. To make sure you get the next episode of C&C, click "Subscribe" in your favourite podcast app. And if you liked *this* episode, we're always grateful for your reviews of the show in the Apple podcast app - it helps other people find us.Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Production and incidental music by Cooper & Cary.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here. Love you bye.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
James and Barry have a chat about why art produced by evangelicals is often a bit... well, artless. They also wonder aloud if we're understanding the second commandment correctly.David Field, Not The Least Lash Lost (is evangelism really all that matters in this life?)John Piper weighs in on JI Packer's view of the second commandmentInterview with ND Wilson where he talks about how novels lastAmazing Grace on Amazon Prime UKPrince of Egypt on Amazon Prime UKPrevious pods of relevance:Episode 22 The Art Is Fine - Ally Gordon Episode 65 I Wish I'd Danced - Murray Watts.Get longer, uncut versions of each new episode, in video format, several days in advance, when you become a Cooper & Cary Patron. You also get lots of other goodies, plus the chance to talk more about issues raised by the show. To make sure you get the next episode of C&C, click "Subscribe" in your favourite podcast app. And if you liked *this* episode, we're always grateful for your reviews of the show in the Apple podcast app - it helps other people find us.Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Production and incidental music by Cooper & Cary.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here. Love you bye.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
We were all having a perfectly civilized global pandemic, and then it all kicked off. Cooper and Cary end up having words about words, namely "sympathy" and "empathy". What is the difference, and why does it matter?Get longer, uncut versions of each new episode, in video format, several days in advance of their release to the general public, when you become a Cooper & Cary Patreon. You'll also get lots of other goodies besides, plus the chance to talk more about the issues raised by the show.Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Production and incidental music by Cooper & Cary. Leave us a review - it helps other people find us. To make sure you get the next episode, click "Subscribe" in your favourite podcast app.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
Tin foil hats on as James and Barry talk about Conspiracy Theories and whether Christians should know better, following an article in Dallas News by Ed Stetzer and Andrew MacDonald.Books we mention:Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory Has Shaped Modern History Paperback – 6 May 2010 by David AaronovitchPeter Oborne Rise of Political Lying.You can watch a much longer video of THIS EPISODE for free - and in advance - when you become a Cooper & Cary Patreon, plus lots of other goodies besides, and a chance to talk more about the issues raised by the show.Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Production and incidental music by Cooper & Cary. Leave us a review - it helps other people find us. To make sure you get the next episode, click "Subscribe" in your favourite podcast app.Episode photo via Pexels.com by Caleb Oquendo from PexelsTweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
#82 The Truth About Us

#82 The Truth About Us

2020-05-2148:23

Barry and James are joined by Brant Hansen to talk about how bad we really are - even though we're all convinced we're basically good - and how that realization leads to a more enjoyable and fruitful life. It's the most fun you'll have getting over yourself.Brant's brilliant book, The Truth About Us (Barry's commendation: "I think it's the most convincing account of human depravity I've ever read. And it's certainly funnier than Calvin.")Brant And Sherri's OddcastFrom Friday 22nd May to Friday 29th May 2020, you can stream the feature-length documentary Puritan for free when you become a Cooper & Cary Patreon. Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Production and incidental music by Cooper & Cary. If you enjoy the show and would like us to keep going, would you be so kind as to look at this, and get some very exciting things into the bargain? Or leave us a review - it helps other people find us. To make sure you get the next episode, click "Subscribe" in your favourite podcast app.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
#81 Show Us You Care

#81 Show Us You Care

2020-05-0745:50

Is there more to applauding the NHS than meets the eye? Or ear? Cooper and Cary Have Words about it and wonder where appreciation ends and idolatry begins. They also have words about about Captain Tom and the death of Princess Diana. Ultimately, James just doesn't 'get the clap'. For which you'd need the NHS, one might think.Death by Civilisation by James CarySpoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality by Theodore DalrympleCooper and Cary Patreon is here.Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Other music and jingles by Barry and James, like they don't have better things to be doing.If you enjoy the show and would like us to keep going, would you be so kind as to look at this, and get some very exciting things into the bargain?Do leave us a review - it helps other people find us. And to make sure you get the next episode, click "Subscribe" in your favourite podcast app.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
Following on from talking about St George last week, why not have a podcast about dragons? This is Episode 3 of a podcast miniseries called Popcorn Parenting. Yes, another podcast from James Cary. In this, he talks to Nate (Nate does most of the talking) about watching movies with your kids and then talking about them afterwards. Nate does most of the talking, you'll be pleased to hear. Ep 1 is Toy Story. Ep 2 is Frozen II. And this is Episode 3. Links here.In this episode, Nate asks the question: If you can train it, is it really a dragon? James and Nate talk about How To Train Your Dragon with honourable mentions for Wreck It Ralph, Monsters Inc, Despicable Me, Paddington. Plus a quick review of Descendants. Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys? And how do we let the Bible be our starting point, rather than old fashioned Disney movies. Nate also mentions the Proto-Evangelion, trying to prove value for money on this Westminster Theological Seminary education.Friendly Dragons Moral Nightmares: The Battle for Your Child’s Imagination Michael O’Brian is absurdly expensive on Amazon UK. Here it is on Amazon US.There's also Landscape with Dragons: The Battle for Your Child's Mindwhich might be the same and you can get as a Kindle book too.The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis or you could get the audiobook.There’s a Dragon in my Nativity video from Speak Life.Listen to James and Nate talking with Barry Cooper about the Monomyth on the Cooper and Cary Have Words podcast episode A Swing and a Myth.The Gospel According to Pixar is available from Amazon UK here.If you watched Toy Story or Frozen II with your kids, how did it go? Email us at popcornparenting@gmail.comFind us on Instagram and TwitterSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
#80 Saint Misbehavin'

#80 Saint Misbehavin'

2020-04-2343:44

Happy St George's Day! OR IS IT? James and Barry discuss the pros and cons of Saint's Days, liturgical calendars, and metaphorical groyns.James's article on St George from Death by CivilisationJames KA Smith, You Are What You LoveGreg Beale, We Become What We WorshipHugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, The River Cottage CookbookJames also mentioned the movies Idiocracy and Millions.Our theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Other music and jingles by Barry and James, like they don't have better things to be doing.If you enjoy the show and would like us to keep going, would you be so kind as to look at this, and get some very exciting things into the bargain?Do leave us a review - it helps other people find us. And to make sure you get the next episode, click "Subscribe" in your favourite podcast app.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
Easter is a time for the unexpected, so James and Barry pop out a special episode with Nate Morgan Locke. The question on the table: are we so good at talking about Jesus' death that we're rather bad at talking about Jesus' resurrection? Images of Divine Things by Jonathan Edwards Discipleship Explored by Barry (and currently you can watch ALL the DE films free on YouTube)Popcorn Parenting (Nate's new podcast)Jeremy Marshall's BlogThe Resurrection of the Son of God by N T WrightOur theme music is by Roger Taylor and his latest album is The Rubicon Moment. Other music and jingles by Barry and James, like they don't have better things to be doing.If you enjoy the show and would like us to keep going, would you be so kind as to look at this, and get some very exciting things into the bargain?Do leave us a review - it helps other people find us. And to make sure you get the next episode, click "Subscribe" in your favourite podcast app.Tweet us @cooperandcary, comment on our Facebook page, or go old skool and email us here.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cooperandcary)
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Russell Bray

I've been listening to these guys and plowing through their prior issues and find them to be very entertaining, thought provoking, humble and versed on the culture of this age. one of my favorite podcasts.

Jul 22nd
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Torrey Jones

Great podcast, guys! I really enjoy the thoughts and insights shared in an often humorous way.

Jan 11th
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