The Telling Stories Podcast
Saying Things About “Say Anything”

Saying Things About “Say Anything”

August 25, 2020

For the first time ever Rik and Andrew are joined by a guest host! Trey Herweck, Lead Pastor at Refuge Church in St. Charles, MO, joins us to find the gospel themes and Christian messages in 1989's cult classic "Say Anything". 

About “About Time”

About “About Time”

July 10, 2020

This episode is about the very cool, and very underrated movie "About Time", starring the very talented pair of Damhnall Gleeson and Rachael McAdams. Sometimes misrepresented as a Rom-Com, "About Time" is the story of the love of a father and can teach us a lot about God's love. So its a great narrative with plenty of Christian themes throughout. Enjoy another episode of our podcast about finding the gospel in movies and modern culture.

Loving the La La Land

Loving the La La Land

June 10, 2020

In this episode we look at many of the gospel themes in Damien Chazelle's "La La Land", another jazz-centric movie from one of Hollywood's brightest up-and-coming directors. In a movie about finding your passion, it's no surprise that we get passionate in our breakdown of the film. Starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and John Legend, this is a good one, and the gospel is abundant. Enjoy.

Grail Quests!

Grail Quests!

May 28, 2020

Andrew and Rik nerd out on Monty Python and Indiana Jones as we dive into the legend of the Grail Quest and the allegory that can be seen. This episode is proof that you can find the gospel anywhere you look for it, even Monty Python. It's fun, it's light, and fun to listen to, so enjoy one of our best episodes yet. 

“Whiplash”ed

“Whiplash”ed

May 13, 2020

In this episode Rik and Andrew talk through 2014's "Whiplash", a phenomenal film that has much to teach us about the gospel and our relationship with the Father. This movie is acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, so there's definitely something here for you to like. 

Stranger Than “Stranger Than Fiction”

Stranger Than “Stranger Than Fiction”

April 29, 2020

In this episode Andrew and Rik break down 2006's "Stranger Than Fiction", a film loaded with an all star cast of Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson, and Dustin Hoffman. This is also a movie loaded with meaningful gospel themes and Christian messaging. 

Logan: A Very Un-”Super Hero” “Super Hero” Movie

Logan: A Very Un-”Super Hero” “Super Hero” Movie

April 15, 2020

In this week's episode Rik and Andrew breakdown the gospel themes and messaging in 2017's "Logan". I really wish I had a more clever title, but I promise the episode is much better than the title. 

On the Telling Stories Podcast we look at the places where popular culture and Christian culture intersect. Even when when it is unintentional, especially when it's unintentional actually, popular filmmakers mirror gospel messages and themes in their work. We talk about it and have fun breaking down those films. Enjoy.

The Road to “Road to Perdition”

The Road to “Road to Perdition”

April 3, 2020

In this episode we find the gospel messages and Christian themes in 2002's "Road to Perdition", featuring a star studded cast of Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, and Daniel Craig. This is a great film, which made for a great episode. Hope you enjoy.

It’s Baby Driver, Baby!

It’s Baby Driver, Baby!

January 30, 2019

On this episode we break down the epic "Baby Driver", written and directed by Edgar Wright. We break down the gospel themes and Biblical influences on one of the coolest movies made in recent memory. Starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Hamm this is an episode you really need to watch.

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2 Men & Manchester by the Sea

2 Men & Manchester by the Sea

December 31, 2018

In this episode we dive into the deep waters of "Manchester by the Sea", 2017's Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay. This movie features a dynamic performance from its lead, Casey Affleck, who also won an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance. Join us as we analyze the film and look for the Christian influence and gospel themes.

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