Worldview Media Podcast with Gordan & Joyce Runyan

Reconstructionist Radio

Welcome to the Worldview Media Podcast with Gordan and Joyce Runyan. Where current entertainment media are analyzed, by looking through the covenant lens provided by the Bible. You know, God is the original and greatest storyteller. So it is important for Christians to study the art of narrative, and use it for God’s glory, in the advancement of the kingdom of Jesus Christ. This is a production of Reconstructionist Radio.

All Episodes

The WVM team takes backstage passes into the dressing room of classic rock band, Queen, with this well-acted movie about the life of front-man Freddie Mercury. We explore thematic issues of sexual sin, emotional use/abuse, and the loneliness that always results from rebellion.

Jun 2020

50 min

Worldview Discussion of “Spider Man: Far From Home”

Jun 2020

41 min 37 sec

Worldview Discussion of “Pride & Prejudice”

Jun 2020

45 min 45 sec

Worldview Discussion of “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society”

Jun 2020

38 min 17 sec

Worldview Discussion of “Christopher Robin”

Jun 2020

44 min 43 sec

Worldview Discussion of “Troll Hunter”

Jun 2020

43 min 6 sec

Worldview Discussion of “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

Jun 2020

41 min 13 sec

Worldview Discussion of “The Incredibles 2”

Jun 2020

1 hr 2 min

Worldview Discussion of “Stone of Destiny”

Jun 2020

31 min 22 sec

Worldview Discussion on “The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher”

Jun 2020

38 min 48 sec

Worldview Discussion on “An Inspector Calls”

Jun 2020

38 min 50 sec

Worldview Discussion on “The Greatest Showman”

Jun 2020

38 min 23 sec

Worldview Discussion of “Avengers: Infinity War”

Jun 2020

58 min 40 sec

Worldview Discussion on “Solo”

Jun 2020

44 min 17 sec

Join the WVM team on an actual road trip as we podcast from our van, and dodge cows on the way to “Vegas, baby!” and discuss the recent Star Wars tragedy. Travesty? Tragedy? You decide.

Jun 2020

28 min 56 sec

The WVM team learns to view time non-linearly and talk to space octopi in search of worldview nuggets.

Jun 2020

34 min 59 sec

The WVM team travels to twisted old England, and a dark manor house that is home to a family that falls somewhere between the ones on “Roseanne” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” It’s the film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel, a study in human depravity, the corrupting nature of riches….and murder.

Jun 2020

36 min 59 sec

The WVM team braves dangerous drug lords, corrupt cops, angry river campers, and Johnny Cash’s brother to bring out the worldview nuggets and storytelling pointers in N.D. Wilson’s “The River Thief.”

Jun 2020

46 min 25 sec

The WVM team braves a PBS Masterpiece Theater offering staring Benedict Cumberbatch, a movie with two, or possibly three, partial plots that all go nowhere and end in the middle. And it’s as lovely as it sounds, while managing to substitute depression for the lack of story arcs.

Jun 2020

32 min 12 sec

Worldview Discussion on “Wind River”

Jun 2020

49 min 39 sec

Worldview Discussion of “Coco”

Jun 2020

47 min 4 sec

WVM on “The Frankenstein Chronicles”

Jun 2020

33 min 25 sec

The WVM team joins a cast of characters harassing Charles Dickens as he tries to write “A Christmas Carol.” Some surprisingly good fodder for worldview discussion in an otherwise boring movie.

Jun 2020

45 min 1 sec

The WVM team watches Priceless, an ambitious, independent flick that delves into the world of human trafficking without rolling around in the muck.

Jun 2020

40 min 25 sec

The WVM team is joined by comics consultant, Dylan Sanchez, as we travel to a secret, African kingdom to see why and how a ridiculous superhero movie is causing so much stir with both the Alt-Left and Alt-Right.

Jun 2020

50 min 32 sec

WVM on “Maze Runner: The Death Cure”

Jun 2020

44 min 20 sec

The WVM team rides along with Christian Bale and his intrepid band as they head from New Mexico to Montana, transporting dangerous cargo in dangerous times. Who are the Hostiles and what made them so angry? Have any of the Hostiles ever stayed at a hostel? These and many other burning questions, answered!

Jun 2020

43 min 28 sec

The WVM team joins a quest for the Holy Grail that involves interaction with an old woman named Brian; Tim the Wizard; and the Knights who say Nee. No, wait. Wrong movie. But this one’s good, too.

Jun 2020

40 min 48 sec

Worldview Discussion on “X Men: First Class”

Jun 2020

51 min 38 sec

WVM on “Justice League”

Jun 2020

44 min 10 sec

WVM on “Wonder Woman”

Jun 2020

39 min 10 sec

WVM on “Anne with an E”

Jun 2020

37 min 9 sec

The WVM team takes an extended stay at a cabin in the Virginia woods, to learn how to build a campfire, eat wild berries, and stab a man in the throat so that he makes no noise. We look at worldview issues in the Michael Keaton film, “American Assassin,” which also stars some really dreamy guy no one’s ever heard of.

Jun 2020

32 min 56 sec

On this holiday/family edition of WVM, the full five-member team is home for the season to talk about a movie that has become a family tradition in the Runyan home on Christmas Eve. We have a resident expert witness on the source material, as well: English major, Jordan, who just spent a semester diving deeper than anyone wants to into the Dickens classic.

Jun 2020

38 min 47 sec

The WVM teams takes a luxury ride through the snowy alps, and encounters…murder! Agatha Christie’s novel comes to life in a star-studded film that bucks all the trends and ends up presenting quite the dilemma about justice and how to get it.

Jun 2020

43 min 29 sec

The WVM team travels back to the Underside to take on a giant smoke monster and a pack of ill-tempered demodogs, all to bring you the nostalgic 80’s goodness and worldview nuggets from the new season of the Netflix hit.

Jun 2020

34 min 7 sec

The WVM team braves many dangers this week, including a fire demon, a drunk Valkyrie, the loss of an eye, and a busted hammer to bring you worldview nuggets from a garbage planet, for Thor: Ragnarok.

Jun 2020

38 min 52 sec

The WVM team journeys way beyond the Neutral Zone and finds a rather smarmy clone looking to make trouble for the whole galaxy. But with the help of a 24th century dune buggy we escape the fray, not to mention the threat of a naked wedding, to bring you some worldview nuggets from the last of the Next Gen movies.

Jun 2020

38 min 23 sec

The WVM team travels to the Briar Patch in search of metaphasic particles that will extend our lives and restore our youth. So…that didn’t work out, and we’re still old. But here’s a discussion of worldview related themes from the movie.

Jun 2020

39 min 37 sec

We survive a night of carousing with Dr. Cochrane by the jukebox, and an invasion of robot-zombies, to bring you some really interesting worldview themes in this eighth installment of the Star Trek cinematic franchise.

Jun 2020

40 min 25 sec

The WVM team manages to escape the Nexus of Ultimate Joy long enough to deal with reality and bring you the spicy worldview nuggets preached in this episode of the Star Trek cinematic franchise. It was…fun.

Jun 2020

50 min 51 sec

To help a small town that can’t (or won’t) help itself, the WVM team straps on the irons once again, in what is probably a suicide mission, to discover worldview themes and preaching in The Magnificent Seven.

Jun 2020

43 min 52 sec

The WVM team travels back to the days of high-water pants, drive-in diners, and Leave it to Beaver, to bring you the true (sort of) story of Ray Kroc, the founder of the McDonald’s empire.

Jun 2020

39 min 6 sec

The WVM team analyzes the poor man’s Mary Poppins, and uncovers some cool parallels with Biblical theology in this 2005 parable about extreme naughtiness and its consequences. As a bonus, we get less ugly as we go.

Jun 2020

35 min 12 sec

The WVM team takes one for the team, by watching the Netflix series, The Defenders, so that you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

Jun 2020

43 min 52 sec

The WVM team goes from clue to trap, to chase, to escape, to uncover for our audience an astonishing cache of golden worldview nuggets. In truth, it is probably too much for any one individual to deal with. So listen with a friend.

Jun 2020

41 min 38 sec

The WVM team journeys to a bygone era of NYC, y’know, when all the inhabitants were zoo animals, and the theater was a gala extravaganza of light, sound, and magic. We follow unscrupulous theater owner, Mr. Moon, as he makes a last ditch effort to revive the dying Moon Theater by holding a giant singing competition, which brings in sad-sack contestants from every corner; from every genus, and species.

Jun 2020

38 min 12 sec

The WVM team journeys across the pond to merry old England in the mid-20th Century, to the beginning of the reign of Britain’s current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. We find that she has curiously married Dr. Who (Matt Smith) and that no one has noticed the replacement of Winston Churchill with Dick Solomon (Jonathan Lithgow.) A Netflix series surprisingly focused on themes of family and duty, it provides a good deal of worldview content.

Jun 2020

42 min 2 sec

The WVM team is now the WVM Cutest Couple. We brave a long, boring, and ultimately depressing, British piece of propaganda for the cause of Death With Dignity/Right to Die stuff. Lots o’ big worldview nuggets though. Don’t miss it.

Jun 2020

37 min 50 sec

The WVM team is joined by two more on this special holiday edition, as we deal with government agencies, scavengers, teenage angst, high school politics, nagging Tony Stark cameos, and a bad guy called the Vulture. All to bring you an analysis of thematic/worldview content, and how it is preached to us.

Jun 2020

51 min 44 sec