Cooper & Cary Have Words

Cooper & Cary Have Words

www.cooperandcary.com
Separated by the Atlantic Ocean, Barry Cooper and James Cary talk about culture, theology, the arts, the church, books and sometimes the weather. Well, they are British…


#62 You Have Reached Your Predestination
Aug 22 • 51 min
Barry and James finally bite the bullet and discuss predestination, as part of their ongoing project to please none of the people, all of the time.
#61 It’s Not About The Naan Breads, Dummy
Aug 8 • 54 min
James talks to Barry about being busy, how we accept this as the norm and why that’s not okay.
#60 Will Someone Please Think Of The Children?
Jul 25 • 48 min
James and Barry talk to Ed Drew from Faith in Kids about raising children, feeling like a fraud as a parent, children and church, and how maybe Toy Story 4 isn’t actually as bad as Nate thought.
#59 I Have Cancelled The Dalai Lama
Jul 9 • 54 min
James and Barry talk with Nate Morgan Locke about Pastor David Platt praying for President Trump, before discussing “cancel culture” and what we’re supposed to do with our fallen heroes. Finally they pivot into Nate’s (spoiler free) rant about Toy Story 4.
Bonus Episode: Simply Put - Original Sin
Jul 3 • 6 min
We interrupt our scheduled schedule to bring you a taste of Barry’s podcast, Simply Put. The elevator pitch: Barry makes big theology bite-size. This is the first episode, on the subject of Original Sin.Subscribe to Simply Put, and find more…
#58 Hello Mormonism
Jun 27 • 40 min
James has a side project talking about Mormonism with his mate Matthew Fisher, and have recorded a special intro episode with a regular episode that’s all neatly bundled up with a bow here by James and Barry.
#57 The Oughtness of Endings
Jun 13 • 42 min
Why do some story endings feel right and others feel wrong? James and Barry discuss some of the best and worst endings in TV and film, and our trusty listeners chip in with theirs.
#56 Turbulence Ahead
May 29 • 48 min
Barry and James talk about Thomas Becket, why we should care about him, and whether Pascal’s Wager is useful.
#55 It’s A Kind Of Malick
May 15 • 43 min
Tom Price (of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and RZIM) joins James and Barry to discuss the magic of Terrence Malick.
#54 Things Can Only Get Better
May 2 • 46 min
Are things getting better or worse? James and Barry talk about a couple of books they’re reading which take differing views: Factfulness by Hans Rosling, and Idols For Destruction by Herbert Schlossberg.
#53 Plugged In
Apr 16 • 45 min
James and Barry talk to Doctor Strange - that’s Dr Dan Strange of London’s Oak Hill College in London - about the eternal question: “As a Christian, can I watch _________?”. We also touch on emotional incontinence, and why sentimentality is so toxic.
#52 An Event That Unfolds In Real Time
Apr 4 • 50 min
Sacred cows are slaughtered as James and Barry talk about what makes a good Bible study - and a bad one. Ed Shaw, Sam Allberry, Christopher Ash, Sherri Lynn Johnson and Nate Morgan Locke join in.
#51 I Want To Punch You In The Face
Mar 21 • 42 min
James and Barry talk to the wonderful writer and comedian Sherri Lynn about her new book, I Want To Punch You In The Face But I Love Jesus. Among other things, we discuss bombing on stage, calendar issues, and also Patty Michelle Sinclair.
#50 If It’s Any Consolation…
Mar 7 • 41 min
Barry and James ‘celebrate’ fifty episodes by apologising again and talk about what they would say to their twenty-year-old selves, and wonder whether their younger selves would have listened anyway.
#49 Sorry Not Sorry
Feb 21 • 45 min
What makes for a good apology? What makes for a bad one? James and Barry talk about that for a bit, and then apologize for some things they said in the last episode.
#48 American Gospel
Feb 7 • 43 min
James and Barry talk to Brandon Kimber (@BKimber), the writer and director of American Gospel, an excellent new documentary which examines the so-called “prosperity gospel”. Alongside more frivolous matters, we also wonder aloud why so many prosperity…
#47 The Sacred Art Of Joking
Jan 24 • 58 min
Barry and James are joined by, well, James to talk about his brand new book The Sacred Art Of Joking. We discover how James got into comedy, why the church is terrified of it, and why offence isn’t the best way of deciding whether or not a joke should be…
#46 Tell Me A Toy Story
Jan 10 • 57 min
Barry and James are joined by Nate Morgan Locke who wonders if we should be telling more stories in our evangelism.
#45 Ask Us Anything
Dec 27, 2018 • 52 min
Barry and James answer questions from listeners as honestly as they can (except questions about predestination).
#44 We’re Loving Angels Instead
Dec 13, 2018 • 46 min
James and Barry talk about angels and why some Christians still have some kind of problem with the heavenly realms.
#43 Timmy Wants More Chocolate
Nov 28, 2018 • 47 min
Barry talks to Nate Morgan Locke about parenting and raising Christian children before James and Barry make another announcement.
#42 We Are The Birds
Nov 15, 2018 • 50 min
Barry talks to Nate Morgan Locke about some toe-curling youth events before James & Barry make a couple of major announcements.
#41 Pants on Fire
Nov 1, 2018 • 46 min
James and Barry talk about lying.
#40 Mailbag & Purgatory
Oct 18, 2018 • 56 min
James and Barry delve into the mailbag and end up talking about satire, the Reformation, Purgatory and the Arts.
#39 Carved Images, Catechisms & Creeds
Oct 4, 2018 • 41 min
James and Barry talk about catechism, creeds, carved images and, er, ghostbusters.
#38 No Other Gods
Sep 20, 2018 • 45 min
James and Barry get their heads around what it means to have no other gods.
#37 Mind Your Language
Sep 6, 2018 • 40 min
James and Barry talk about language, blasphemy and purity of speech.
#36 The Plausibility Problem
Aug 23, 2018 • 37 min
James and Barry talks to Ed Shaw, author of The Plausibility Problem, about Same-sex attraction and what Biblical inclusion really means.
#35 Terry Waite
Aug 9, 2018 • 52 min
James talks to none other than Terry Waite, CBE, about his book, Solitude.
#34 Mad or God?
Jul 26, 2018 • 47 min
James talk to Professors Andrew Sims about his book, Mad or God?: Jesus: The Healthiest Mind of All.
#33 Long Story Short
Jul 12, 2018 • 30 min
Barry and James talk to evangelist Glen Scrivener about his new book, Long Story Short.
#32 Don’t Start Your Sermon With a Joke
Jun 27, 2018 • 36 min
Barry and James talk to evangelist, author and former stand-up comedian Glen Scrivener about why should shouldn’t start your sermon with a joke.
#31 Should I Watch Love Island?
Jun 14, 2018 • 53 min
Barry and James discuss crucial questions about Love Island, whether they should even talk about it given they haven’t actually seen it, and how some things that are seen cannot be unseen.
#30 Feels & Even Keels
May 31, 2018 • 42 min
Barry and James talk about Christian Hedonism, Words with Friends and why most books these days are too long.
#29 Dietary Advice
May 17, 2018 • 32 min
Barry and James are back with Dr Ros Clarke, from the Church Society, talking about dieting, fasting and body image.
#28 The Other Priscilla
May 10, 2018 • 32 min
Barry and James talk to Dr Ros Clarke, from the Church Society, about Evangelical Gnosticism and theological training for ministry by women.
#27 A Pug Dog Called Buddha
May 3, 2018 • 32 min
A fascist pug dog gets everyone talking about free speech, including James and Barry
#26 Don’t Push It
Apr 26, 2018 • 40 min
At the behest of a listener, James and Barry talk about The Push from Derren Brown and the sitcom Living Biblically on CBS.
#25 Disciples and Ships
Apr 19, 2018 • 42 min
James and Barry are reunited for their quarter century episode and talk about Discipleship Explored, a brand new documentary series based on Philippians.
#24 Half Full of Words and Music
Apr 12, 2018 • 16 min
Just a little podlet this week, as James and Barry pester Mark Meynell for the last time, talking about books and, when pressed, music.
#23 Prone To Moan
Apr 5, 2018 • 30 min
James and Barry talk more to fine artist Alastair Gordon about artists in the church, how to avoid moaning, and how the Reformers were not as artless as we might think.
#22 The Art is Fine
Mar 29, 2018 • 37 min
James and Barry talk to fine artist Alastair Gordon about how his career, his exhibitions and what makes good and bad art.
#21 When Darkness Seems My Closest Friend
Mar 22, 2018 • 44 min
Author and teacher Mark Meynell talks with James and Barry about his experience of the triggers, symptoms, and treatments of depression.
#20 Leaving Las Facebook
Mar 14, 2018 • 33 min
James and Barry ask author and teacher Mark Meynell why he removed himself from Facebook.
#19 USA! USA! And All That
Mar 8, 2018 • 35 min
Barry and James talk about national pride, somewheres, anywheres and out-of-heres.
#18 Artists In The Church
Mar 1, 2018 • 37 min
Barry and James talk about when they met, and how the Church struggles to relate to artists and creatives.
#17 Can a Christian Buy A Porsche?
Feb 22, 2018 • 29 min
James and Barry talk about whether a Christian can buy a Porsche.
#16 More Tea, Vicar?
Feb 15, 2018 • 34 min
James and Barry talk about the Church of England, the baffling procedures of General Synod and denominational drift.
#15 We Need To Talk About Lobsters
Feb 8, 2018 • 30 min
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.
#14 Living In The Margins
Jan 31, 2018 • 34 min
James and Barry ask whether Christians about to be completely marginalized in the West and would that be such a bad thing anyway.
#13 Just Not Feeling It
Jan 24, 2018 • 38 min
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.
#12 Blessed Are The Misfits
Jan 17, 2018 • 36 min
James and Barry talk to syndicated radio host and author of Blessed are the Misfit, Brant Hansen.
#11.12 Twelve Pods of Christmas - More Movies
Jan 5, 2018 • 25 min
James and Barry finish their seasonal podlet series with the last 5 movies from their lists.
#11.11 Twelve Pods of Christmas - Movies
Jan 4, 2018 • 24 min
James and Barry talk about their favo(u)rite movies of all time and, no big surprise, James’ list is full of comedies and Barry’s, well, isn’t..
#11.10 Twelve Pods of Christmas - Goldberg and Brontë
Jan 3, 2018 • 10 min
James and Barry reach the final book in their series of their Best Books of All Time.
#11.9 Twelve Pods of Christmas - O’Rourke and Wilde
Jan 2, 2018 • 13 min
James and Barry talk about their favo(u)rite books of all time and on the ninth book of ten the gap is widening even further.
#11.8 Twelve Pods of Christmas - Chesterton and Bulgakov
Jan 1, 2018 • 10 min
James and Barry talk about their favo(u)rite books of all time and now it’s becoming pretty obvious how different James and Barry really are.
#11.7 Twelve Pods of Christmas - (Sort Of) Travel Books
Dec 31, 2017 • 13 min
James and Barry talk about their favo(u)rite books of all time, this time choosing books that couldn’t be described as travel books in a million years.
#11.6 Twelve Pods of Christmas - Christian Books
Dec 30, 2017 • 13 min
James and Barry talk about their favo(u)rite books of all time and this time, they’re choosing a proper Christian book
#11.5 Twelve Pods of Christmas - Books About Writers
Dec 29, 2017 • 9 min
James and Barry talk about their favo(u)rite books of all time and this time, they choose a book about a writer.
#11.4 Twelve Pods of Christmas - Doorstoppers
Dec 27, 2017 • 11 min
James and Barry talk about their favo(u)rite books of all time and they each chose a proper doorstopper.
#11.3 Twelve Pods of Christmas - Thrillers
Dec 27, 2017 • 8 min
James and Barry talk about their favo(u)rite books of all time and they each chose a thriller.
#11.2 Twelve Pods of Christmas - C S Lewis
Dec 26, 2017 • 10 min
James and Barry talk about their favo(u)rite books of all time and who’d’ve thunk they’d both choose books by CS Lewis?
#11.1 Twelve Pods of Christmas - Children’s Books
Dec 25, 2017 • 9 min
James and Barry talk about their favourite children’s book.
#10 So Long, 2017
Dec 20, 2017 • 41 min
James and Barry talk about their favo(u)rite movies, books, tv and podcasts of 2017.
#9 The Truth About Santa
Dec 13, 2017 • 41 min
Should Christians tell their kids the truth about Santa?
#8 Answering Questions with Questions?
Dec 6, 2017 • 47 min
James & Barry talk about Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman, Christian movies and faucets.
#7 The Forgotten Commandment
Nov 29, 2017 • 47 min
Barry & James talk about Thanksgiving and the importance of gratitude, and then look ahead to Christmas with an interview with comedian Paul Kerensa.
#6 The God of Open Options
Nov 23, 2017 • 44 min
Barry & James talk about Christmas lights, Middle English and the tyranny of choice
#5 The Cult of Personality Tests
Nov 15, 2017 • 45 min
Barry (INFJ) and James (INFP) talk about personality tests, Myers Briggs, Enneagrams, Hamlet and Kevin Pietersen.
#4 Was Jesus Funny?
Nov 9, 2017 • 51 min
Was Jesus funny? (Ans: Yes)
#3 Hocus Pocus
Nov 2, 2017 • 45 min
Barry and James talk about the weather, obviously, and Halloween.
#2 Dreams, Doors & Casting Couches
Oct 24, 2017 • 45 min
Barry and James discuss Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, Harvey Weinstein, the Mike Pence Rule and Puritans. And the weather. Briefly.
Game of Hurricanes
Oct 16, 2017 • 48 min
Barry and James talk about Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, whether Christians should watch Game of Thrones, and recommend a couple of books.