Guilty pleasures and evolution vs. creation

Joe's back for another fun episode! 

The show starts with Chris and Joe talking guilty pleasures, particularly musical ones. What does Joe rock out to when no one's looking? Which band is Chris embarrased to admit he has on Spotify? Are Weird Al and Billy Joel guilty pleasures, or genuinely good? 

Then the topic shifts into more serious matters as Chris and Joe talk evolution and creation. Which view do they hold to? What backs them up? How important is it to their faith? Frickin' magnets, how do they work? 

We'll be back next week with a new small batch episode! 

Chris' blog post about evolution


Interview: Steve Taylor

For over 30 years, Steve Taylor has been one of the most infuental and respected names in Christian music. From his debut EP "I Want to Be a Clone," through controversial recordings like "I Blew Up the Clinic Real Good" and his latest album, "Goliath" (with The Perfect Foil), Taylor's been one of Christan music's most innovative lyricists and musicians. His work as a producer has touched some of the industry's most influential works, including albums by the Newsboys, Sixpence None the Richer and the Insyderz. As a film director, he's made the Michael W. Smith-starring "The Second Chance" and the 2012 adaptation of Donald Miller's "Blue Like Jazz." 

In this interview, Chris and Steve talk his career, the Christian industry, filmmaking and more. 

Show notes: 

Chris' review of Blue Like Jazz

Steve Taylor's Twitter account


Episode 8 — Back to school spectacular

Fair warning -- you will learn nothing from this episode. But you'll have fun doing it. 

This recording was smushed between work, bad traffic and a press screening for Chris, so he and Joe just decided to wing it and have fun rambling about a variety of topics. They share their back to school tales, discuss parenting "sweet spots" and virtual reality, and talk about some really bad movies. Plus, we have our first Patreon donor! 


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Bonus Episode: BBC’s list of great comedies

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to another special bonus episode! This was recorded the day the BBC announced its list of the 100 greatest comedies of all time..and Chris and Joe had some things to say about it. What movies should be on the list? What should have been left off? Visit our Facebook page or send us an email to let us know what you would have included. 

We'll be back next week with another episode! 

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Episode 7 — What is punk?

We are back for Episode 7! In this episode: 

  • Joe asks whether Shark Week has...jumped the shark
  • Joe and Chris talk about punk rock and ask: 
    • What is punk? 
    • Is Green Day still punk? 
    • Should punk have safe spaces? 

We'll be back in two weeks with two new, full-length episodes, but be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep an eye and ear out for Live events, bonus episodes and special interviews. 

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Bonus Episode: Patreon, Dream Cruisin’ and Roller-Coaster Ridin’

Hey everyone! 


Welcome to a special bonus episode! In this brief show, Joe and Chris talk abut a new way to support them and become part of the podcast. Joe regales Chris with tales of his adventures at the Woodward Dream Cruise. And Chris vents about the trials of being a dad at an amusement park. 

Come back Friday for a regular episode! 


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Episode 6 — Joe drinks Chris’ liberal tears

Welcome to Episode 6, where we jump straight into the deep end. After answering this week's ice breaker about favorite movies about music, Chris and Joe settle in to discuss the tense political climate. Can Joe (a conservative) and Chris (a liberal) find some common ground? Is there hope for our discussion in America? What part do Christians play. And perhaps even more controversial: What do Chris and Joe REALLY think about "The Princess Bride"? Tune in and find out! 

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We'll be back in two weeks with a new episode! 


Bonus Episode: Interview with Reese Roper (Five Iron Frenzy, Brave Saint Saturn, Roper)

Welcome to a special bonus episode of "Cross.Culture.Critic." In this episode, Chris talks with Reese Roper, frontman of Five Iron Frenzy, Brave Saint Saturn and Roper to talk the band's return, the challenges of navigating the Christian market, and how he keeps up his energy. 


Note: The interview was conducted over the phone. At some points, there's a bit of distortion. We were able to correct most the issues, but it's not necessarilly pristine audio. But it's still a great conversation that's worth a listen! 


Joe and Chris will be doing a Facebook Live event at 7:15 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the Cross.Culture.Critic. Facebook page (below). We'll be chatting, answer questions and whatever else you want! Join in! 

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Reese's blog


Episode 5 — Darkness, light and the role of artists

Welcome back! 

This episode's a bit shorter than the last, but what it lacks in length it makes up in depth. Joe and Chris tackle hopelessness in movies and music and ponder the role of Christian artists is in fighting against it. Also, Chris drinks his first IPA. 

We'll be back in two weeks with a new episode. But stay tuned to the show's Facebook and Twitter feeds for announcements about guests and upcoming episode information! 

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Episode 4 — REBOOT! Chris, Joe, Muppets, music and Captain Ron

Welcome to the new and improved CROSS.CULTURE.CRITIC., now featuring co-hosts Chris Williams and Joe Yerke. 

In this super-sized reboot, get to know your hosts as they get to know each other, talking about their favorite movies and concerts. Come back in two weeks for more good podcasting fun. 



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