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Episode 2 · 1 year ago

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Meet the hosts of the your new favourite podacast; Bek, Anna and Laetitia as they share some of thier memories and thoughts on growing up with religion. 

Welcome to please stop. Hi. Our goal is to bring you a holistic critique of Christian media and pop culture through humor, honesty and thought provoking discussion. We have three distinct voices with unique experiences, united by the cringe of Christian commodification and the desire to critique specific media and pop culture. I am going to introduce to you miss letitia. I'm going to ask you some questions and I want you to answer for all the Nice people out there that are listening. Yep, or our one listener. Yeah, Greg. So what is your name, the Tasia, and who is your favorite Disney Princess? Okay, flot me on this. My favorite Disney princess shoulder Raa boom. Yeah, right, everyone just to shoot if she doesn't have a personality. But really, watch, rewatch the watch. She Animated Disney film. HMM, she snocky, is all? Heck, heck, wow, hey, she double hockey sticks. She's snark here, she's sarcastic. She's brilliant. Okay, all right, yeah, I believe you. She is Pritt that later. So tell me. What was something you loved growing up in Christian culture? I really try to be cool. The best album she ever was...

DC talks. Yeah, it was a Banger of an album and even though now I have as old as a human being, I still think it's a banger of an album. I think I even remember making my friend. Who Was it? We can listen to it because I like Christian rock. Is Hey, letify wherever you are out there, Katie, and I'm really sorry. And what was something that you hated? Going back into the wanting to be cool, Chevens, heaven and after. I liked it. It was awful, although darry Watson, the oldest brother, MMM, was hot, but it was bad. I I've touched fin angel was better, but BECA okay. So next question is, what's your Christian passport, and by that I mean I guess give me your Christian resume. Well, I was a good little Christian girl in the hills of Perth, Western Australia. Did all the Bible Studies, all that kind of stuff of youth groups, Girls Brigade trails off. Yeah, just did everything right, I think. And you've been employed by a church. I've been employed by church and I've helped do the SONA school for that church. Oh, and at the moment I'm I'm doing history plast grand at Uni. I'd love to do my master's that. We'll see that. Through the history stuff I'm doing a one of medieval church history really does shape the context of the church in the power should be that...

...kind of stuff. It's also awesome and I like to ranch on the Internet. So, which is great, which is yeah, yeah, Hey, what's u? Hi, the teaser. Hey. So, would you like to introduce yourself? Name? So my name is a t shirt JK. I'm back, or Rebecca, and that's my name. That's really yeah, who is your favorite Gigi Princess? So I'd have to say it's meg or Magar from Hercules. Oh yeah, so say. And she stands up to Hercules, I'm put him in this place when he's being, you know, a little too big for his boots. And also she's amazing here and great style, you know. So definitely meg although there are others that I like to so I guess Milan would take a close second because she's pretty Badass as well. Absolutely, yeah, so that bigger favorite Disney princess. Actual much good at okay, I know you had a very interesting so so watch you something that you know from back in the day Oh. So, growing up, something that I loved that and maybe a little problematic now, is the band relying. K freaking love them. I had every album. I knew all the words to lady Horkan Sands and every other song. I can't keep pants. It's nothing better. Oh, Oh, thank you, Anna. I just I just really love their music. Really spoke to me. And then, as I've got older, I realized that all maybe mood rings wasn't as work, because I thought it was. Maybe they were a little bit problematic, but you know, I still kind of love them and also listen to them when I'm feeling a bit down and they make me happy. What is shop doing that? You just like Joel Astein's teeth cover up every Joel...

...a steam book at the book store that I worked at, Joelouste NA church show. Hey, do your research, Girl. I've got to look this up. I'm much know that I do. Yeah, you will. He's looked exactly the same for the last twenty five years in mortal like he had a really think he's either blessed by God or he's a vampire. So he is very, very rich. He's the guy that famously wouldn't allow people to camp out in his mega church when Hurricane Katrina happened. Oh yeah, and instead asked for more money to build a bigger well, he shows a feel winnow. Yeah, yeah, all right, so we're okay. Yes, what is your Christian passport? A Christian passport. So what gives me the right to even talk about this? I guess two things. When I was brought up in missions, because my parents are missionaries in India, so I was basically born into this culture and brought up with a lot of mission specific, Evangelical Specific Christian for Upaganda and a lot of pop culture as well. So there's that. And then also, for a year when I was twenty, I worked in a Christian bookstore that shall remain nameless. It's now closed down in Perth, but it's still going to spring nameless. So for a whole year I had to look at Joel steene's teeth, and I think you know that's that's why I hate it so much, because he they still haunt me my dreams. It was the tipping point for you. Yeah, I just I can't enjoy smile. But that's it. There's my Christian passport. Cool, okay. That leaves us with Anna. Hey, what's up? So I guess that must be your name. Know what or yes, my name is Anna. So welcome to the PODCAST, Anna. Thank. So is who is your favorite Disney Princess? My favorite Disney princess is pokerhuntest.

Hey, she's sick. She's a bit of a Vegan. Yeah, as she loves the animals that dive though, that same dive. Yeah, because of the wind, I've Oh, yeah, I love her. I just think she's great and I think she knows what's up. Yeah, and I but have you ever heard a wolf cry to the Blue Corn Moon? Not Personally. Okay, maybe one day, one day, one day, one day. Okay. So I guess the next question is growing up as you did as a Christian kid, what was something that you loved or liked back in the day? I actually really loved Christian music. I'm not talking about the cool Christian music like CCM. No, no, no, I mean I loved DC talk and I loved lay and Jazza Clay, all of that. Loved them, but what I really loved was like worship in church, being part of the worship team, and I used to right songs and were do the whole thing and I loved it. I loved that whole culture. Part of Yeah, all of that what I hated, or disliked, I guess it's probably a better way to put it. So there was this brand called refuse the mark and I found it really unsettling. I didn't like it because there was this whole thing about, you know, in the end times everybody will receive the mark of the beast and on the forehead and the risk. Yeah, and it was this huge thing in the s about, you know, refused them best. That's what it was, about credit cards and just made me. Yes, credit cards, and you know now our phones, guys, our phones, he but it just I found it really unsettling...

...and I didn't understand it and it was kind of just fear mongering, I guess. So that's what I did not like. Yeah, especially profiting off fear. Yeah, right, yeah, absolutely. So, you know, everybody was wearing the refuse the mark hoodies and, you know, all the other merchandise you buy, because I hear that movements that are well funded and have really cool hoodies and sweatshirts definitely a legitimate and absolutely if it didn't have a Hoodie and it wasn't real right, you didn't have a logo wearing a Hoodie. Yeah, right now, really brandy, going back with my trying to be cool. Yeah, so what was esther just friend? It wasn't. It was just based on the character in the Bible and the you know, you were made for such a time as this. Was the big yeah, kind of back and like five hundred BC. Yeah, yeah, you're made for such. I actually a lot more than that, but still cool. Well, there you go. And Oh, yeah, Annah, so describe your Christian passport. What qualifies you to be here? So, I have a degree in ministry. God, that would do it. It was a really expensive piece of paper. Very cool, though, a lot of a lot of study. So you've got heavy theological background at least. Yeah, lots of time reading, lots of big words. I was a pastor's wife for three years. I was a past to myself for a year. And Yeah, I kind of grew up within the culture. Yeah, I went on a mission trip when I was nineteen, because you didn't know you have to write. Well, that's right, I did. I did.

Yeah, Russia, yes, Nice. Yeah. So, yeah, I guess that's what brings me here. Yeah, and what inspires you don't want to talk about this stuff? Exactly? Yeah, exactly, that's really cool. Okay, okay, so what we're going to talk about now? It's just some random bits of Christian pop culture that I might be relevant to us, might not be. So I'm just gonna say a word or a phrase and and get a read from you guys. Okay, Youth Group, I was a day in my life Friday night. I thought I loved it. I had you could time each group. I lived for youth group. That was that was how out of the week, right. Absolutely. I didn't have that many friends at school, but I had all the friends at youth group. Your well, you populated at youth group. I was popular, K. Yeah, I was the lad kidding group. Yeah, popular, that's cool. I was the rebel Ish Black Al Kids, I think, but what do I know? And also there was that weird phase where you kind of transition from being a youth kid to eating leader without any official training. Yeah, anything. Yeah, you have to have a working with Children's card. I don't know how old were you and you were first given the title of youth leader. I think I was about nineteen or eighteen. I think it was because I finished high school and I was still going and it was just accepted that you just kept going. Yeah, and yeah, I just my friends and I just kept going youth group. And I do remember Tish, actually, you remind me of this when you mentioned that we had a website on all on the church, on the Church website. On the Church website, there was a section, because we were leaders together for a bit there, what we did. Yeah, and there was a section where...

...they had the youth team have a little description about each one of them and why they were doing this. And I've just made up some crap because I knew it would sound good and really I just wanted to go hang out with my friends. So, so fun Little Bays of information. Years later I was in charge of editing and updating that particular website. No Way, I'm the person that deleted all of that. Guy, you're doing so much. I don't need any of that left on the Internet. I'm sure there was shocking photos as well. So, yeah, they weren't the best. No, had bank boy cat. Yes, you did still think I first became a youth leader when I was sixteen. Yeah, so how Youth Pastor was the only adult at the time it's very small youth group. Wow and Ben, yes, my husband for those listening, and I were the two eldest and he had to go out and buy the pizza one night, so he just left Ben and I in charge of six generals to sixteen year old wow. Yeah, okay, I mean there was probably only twelve of us all together, but so that was, I guess, like these group pay different experience for all of us, also very similar in some ways. All right, sir, Veggie Tales, veggie tails, GIE tails, begi tails, begi tails, Crocli salary, gotta be vegget Tales, but a bumpum, the best mob shan she ever. You are my Cheeseburg, my little she's very I'll wait for you. Oh that's really it's a series of books based...

...on the book of revelation very loosely and extrapolating so much information that isn't in the Bible. The antichristis only mentioned four times in the entire Bible, right, and yet they managed to build this entire entire story and world on what's going to happen when the first evacuation of all the believers happens and those that are left behind have to fight during the tribulation time on earth and then wait for their chance to go to heaven. The trip force, I believe, was the youth version of those novels tribulations. They are the books that I read. I read all forty of them. Oh No, Anna, you can never take that back. Do you want to? Do you want to know a shame for confession? What about the left behind Herry show? We all breat fan fiction. No, but that isn't so far from what I would have done. I also, you know, all the good Christian people would have been up in heaven during the Rapture, but I secretly really wanted to study behind because I thought so cool all the stuff that on happened and I would want to be there as well. The two main characters from the kids book got married in the end. Sorry, spoilers, guys. Oh my God, please, I was going to read those list but you know, so good stuff was still happening. Yeah, yeah, so, so I would quite like. You know what, it doesn't matter, guys like it's fine if he missed the first one. Just stay out of dangerous situations where you might, you know, your pilot might disappear and you might crash. No, that's fine, don't do anything. Wait for I had a run and I'm not sure if this is true, but back in the day, when they were pilots on the plane, one of them had to if one of them was a Christian, one of them had to be a non Christian. I've heard that too. I have heard that. Yeah, I do not at all, but I believed it. Wow. So okay.

So I guess the point of this podcast is to talk about the impact that it's had on us and critique that. That sort of the pop culture that we're looking at particular. So that had a big impact on you guys. Well, it did. I mean, like we have raised on the apocoly yeah, Oh, yeah, absolutely huge. How you're scared about being terrified of waking up and your family's gone because you forgot to confess that you lied to your teacher all. Yeah, I was. I was scared of hearing a trumpet at night. Yeah, I couldn't sleep at night because you were like, trumpets will sound, the Lord will return. Yeah, but that didn't that trauma. And the thing is that's what we grew up with. It was normal. Yeah, so don't wake at it up with the sound, because she will die fright. That's why none of my kids play trumpets. Flute and clarinet up significant impact. That left behind, and apocalyptic scriptures had a national impact. Now because, yeah, none of my children will ever play a trumpet. That's it. Yeah, never my God, what has the Bible done, taken from Your Life? So there you go. I guess that was that was left find. Let's leave it behind. That was good, nice transition there. So, Tisch, I feel like you may have mentioned before that you have strong feelings about the poem footprints. For those of you are not familiar, although I'm sure everyone listening to this will be, it's a poem and it would you like to describe it? Yes, you. It's basically a poem depicting a story of two sets of footprints in the sand, and then there's only one set of footprints in the sand, and all the pictures I ever saw of it was that the tide had washed away one of the set the fooot prints anyway, and when the person...

...questioned why Jesus wasn't walking with them anymore, Jesus said that when there was only one set of footprints, it was then that he carried them. Is that? Yeah, so I guess the point of the poem is, Oh no, I only saw one set of footprints. Why did you leave me, Lord? And then Jesus replies, my child, he mistaken. It was then that I carried you, indicating that he had carried him, and that's why there was only one set of prince, possibly, I don't know. So that poem was on the back of a toilet door in my childhood, but I can't remember if it it was like in my home or my grandparents or but it was definitely on the back of a toilet door because I know that poem. Yeah, me too. It was at my school in India, in the entol a giant like a print out of it, like mounted on wood and so on one side we had a picture of Jesus, next to it a picture of Mary, because it was a Catholic school, and then opposite it footprints. So if you're waiting and reception at my school, you had to read it and you know what, it doesn't even Rhyde. Well, there you got. I mean, what is the point of a poem we're gonna leave our own footprints as we leave this topic? No, no, I talked about the movie. I Walk to remember. I loved that movie. I was so excited. I was always excited when there was some kind of Christian thing that made its way stream, into mainstreams from crossing the say and leaving soundtrack. I will give it that. I always had this feeling of this is it, this is this is what's real. He's going to become a Christian, soup believing because Mandy Moore, yeah, and Shane West, our honor team, and they're cool. Yeah, and they're practically Christian. Wants them to following now. Yeah, they will be saved. Yeah, they should will be. This and cancer sucks. Don't blow in love with me. You know what, as gross has, whatever,...

...manipulative, whatever it is, that movie has stayed with me and I still like it. I like Mandy Moore and and the soundtrack. Like I said, tissue was really good. Yes, which foot on it? It had jazz of clay. I can't clean that funny day. Had some bad representation of people of Color in that movie. I can't even remember that one friend of his, the guy who's like honk if you love Jesus, and the whole time every line he has he calls them. It's just so stereotypical. It's like a very white person wrote this character and the imagine lunch Bun and they never met a black person in their life. Yeah, it was. Yeah, but the screenplay, like, come on, who wrote? Whoever wrote the script, I'll do a little better. Still has a special spot in my heart, though, and only hope and I believe that something didn't yeah, so that's song was laid at our wedding during the signing of the register. Probably wouldn't choose it again today if I was planning my wedding, but you know, it was not. It's nice. HMM, it's not. Yeah, but that's okay. You know what, guys, I think we should take a walk to remember over to the CCM world once again. In so if CCM is contemporary Christian music or Christian contemporary music, and it was always did you like CCM or did you like secular? And it was very distinct what you could listen to him what you could listen to. And one thing I remember very specifically was you would go to a bookstore or a music store that was Christian and they would have in the CD section. Oh, if you like Green Day, you like reliant he if you like slip knot. You'll enjoy pod because I both knew that all. You know...

...what, both those bands are good, so whatever. All four of those mans are good, so whatever. ANYWAYS, we're actually not going to talk about CCM. That's popular. I guess we're going to talk more about worship music, Planet Shakers and Hill Song. Oh the double. Yeah, sorry, he'll song. In the nineties it was big that that was all of the worship music in that to Blood Yep, yeah, shoot, and don't do it. It's triggering. Yes, I said that word. It was like touching heaven, changing kids and changing darling. Check, she's she's everywhere. Yes, she was. I just want to do a shing along with a show. Wonder that. I feel like, yeah, yeah, we know, do that. Sure, if I'm saying, Oh God, I mean we can do that, we don't have to actually a musical episode, right. So, okay, I don't we don't have an episode yet, so that's wait till we have an episode and then maybe you can consider a music one, because a second one, who knows? Okayish, yeah, Planet Shakers, let it. How many planets shakers conferences did you go to? Three? Two in Perth, one in Melbourne. Oh, yeah, running the eastern Stadt was the year. They didn't do one in Perth because we do not exist. Yeah, the Church group goes. Are All, yeah, and I didn't go. Yeah, and I feel like you're regretted it at the time, but now, yeah, well, would have been Melbourne. Shit would have been coming. Reggie DABS, Chris something, I can't remember his name. Christoman? No, I don't know. But Oh, but that reminds me. I did go to a passion conference one time,...

M Vancouver. Wow, and saw David Kratter. Wow, guys, I'm so cool you like. Can I get I to Shay? Rebecca was the cool Christian. I was not. You were. You were he's missionary. Was it? No, you knew all the dance and stuff. Yeah, that's right, all right, lodge my purple Jackson, it was my personality. No, that's yeah, it wasn't. Jesus, lover of my soul. Oh, that was a very provocative song. When you are I mean if you changed it to any boys name, kind of works. Just say Peasn't love Kevin. I will never let you go. But that's another thing. There Hey, a lot of songs written by bands in Christian music that whole thing about trying to be relevant and cool. So is it about God or is it about a girl? I don't know. I don't know if I care because I'm very the South Park episode about that. Yes, yes, we will watch it. Okay, we will talk about it on this podcast. Actually, all right, I'm running it down, so we definitely will do that. What would Jesus do? Bracelets? What would you? I wore everywhere, or except I went to Catholic school, so I had to take it off for school. I was allowed to wear a cross necklace, but I wasn't allowed to wear other jewelry. Yeah, what would Jesus do? I had the little bracelet. I also had one of the frog ones. Fully rely on God and a push one, pray until something happens. I feel like there was another one is well, but I can't. Yeah, we also had these things called evange cubes, which, personally, they're ruined cubes for me forever. So they were this tool that you...

...could use when you were out evangelizing and it was a cube that you held in your hand, kind of like a rube's cube, but chunkier, and it had a picture on it. A yeah, yeah, basically you folded it open and it had a different picture. You folded it open again, it had a different picture and you kept doing it until you told the entire story of basically creations in Jesus, Heaven, Redemption Heaven. All right, well then, I'll do a couple more Bible. Yeah, the Bible. Oh my God, the Bible. What a culturally relevant the Teen Study Bible. The teller tell us about a Bible. So my brother had the teen Study Bible and I stole it because he wasn't reading it. And then, a non Christian, when I was about to turn twelve, I asked my parents for my own copy of the Teen Study Bible and I remember in year seven at the Christian school I went to, we had to do devotions and we took it in turns and when I did devotions one day I used the teen Study Bible because I was a cool Christian kid with a Colorful Bible, not just a Black Bible, Brown Bible. I would like to read a little bit of an excerpt from it. There are these pages throughout that have like a dear Sam where somebody has written into Sam Sam. I could ask amy cut of yeah, yeah, right, yeah, kind of like when they write into Dolly magazine and you know, ask about thinks you. So this says, Dear Sam, I'm overweight and I have a big nose. I hate the way I look. I can't lose weight and I can't afford plastic surgery. It's what do I do? Is that the only option? HANK IN HOUSTON? Hey, okay, puy plastic surgery. How this is...

...the response. I'm not going to read the whole thing, but just this, this first part really struck me. Dear Hank, the teen years can be unkind to a person's looks. Wow, read, you are ugly. This is a real letters that we're written. Absolutely not writing one day and then I realized it says, Dear Sam, ink one hundred advice lane, anywhere USA. Oh, that's definitely an address. Many eleven year old nude pasine getting good, Dear Sam, letter return to because of the addresses exist. All that way. To compound your teen Issuele to just send it to evenywhere even let us to Santa, get taken to the North Pole, not really, but they don't go back. Yeah, yeah, no, have a little heart, steady Bible. Well, thanks for participating in this discussion. Guys, going forward we're going to be doing more episodes on a lot of different topics. For example, we were thinking maybe you'll do an episode on purity culture, maybe one on women in the Bible. Look at some authors like Francine rivers, books like fireproof. I'm just a bunch of Christian pop culture and media, a lot of things we grew up with. If you have any suggestions, you can hit us up on our facebook page or our instagram and we will link them below in the information. But he has any memory, cherished memories of cultures are in the day? Please let yeah, I would love to hear from you, guys, and in the meantime we're going to keep doing this and we help you tune. Thanks for listening. Listening by.

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