Persuasion 213 | Survival Instinct


Last week we discussed our shared call to cultivate goodness in the world. While that is true, it’s not the whole picture. Because as we work, we also find another shared experience. We all struggle in our work. We encounter barriers and failures. We grow weary. The world experiences disasters and pandemics. And we are left holding the brokenness of this life, wondering what to do next.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson dig into their series called Finding Common Ground. Each episode will consider a different aspect of natural revelation and how the world around us gives us the common ground we seek—and desperately need—with our fellow humans. Despite the rifts we feel with others ideologically, there is still much we have in common. By turning our eyes to creation and its rhythms, we find commonality in our shared human experience. When plants are rooted in less than ideal conditions, they begin to adapt to survive. Their shoots reach toward the light; their roots reach deeper for water. So too, humans adapt to survive. We do what’s needed to find light and strength. Each of us is doing all we know how to do in less than ideal circumstances. What can the rule of adaptation teach us about each other? How can we show kindness and grace to others as they do what they can to survive? How can our basic instincts connects us to one another again? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these as we find common ground together. Then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.


This episode of Persuasion is sponsored in part by LifeWay’s Christian Standard Bible, a translation that presents the truth of God’s Word with accuracy and clarity. The CSB equips today’s readers for lifelong discipleship with hundreds of designs to choose from at CSBible.com.


Your Hosts

Erin Straza: Web / Twitter
Hannah Anderson: Web / Twitter

Persuasion 213 Resources & Links

BRENÉ BROWN TOP TIP: ASSUME OTHERS ARE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN

Did you enjoy this episode of Persuasion? Give the entire series a listen!

Persuasion 209 | Finding Common Ground

Persuasion 210 | Dust to Dust

Persuasion 211 | Universal Language, with James Beitler and Richard Gibson

Persuasion 212 | Garden Variety, with Sarah Pabody

Theme music by Maiden Name. Produced by Jonathan Clauson.


Sponsorship Details

This episode of Persuasion is sponsored in part by LifeWay’s Christian Standard Bible. If you are interested in sponsoring an episode of Persuasion, please email us for available packages and rates.


Episode Transcript

This transcript has been edited to enhance readability.

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