Send Jesus to Guantanamo

A foreign-born radical of questionable parentage and part of the religious tribe living under occupied rule is agitating his people. When he comes into the city his followers speak of government overthrow. He’s challenged the authority of religious and political leaders. The powers that be are restless. There have been others like him, speaking of [Read More…]

Why So Many Christians Skip Holy Week

I drove by a church last week, a few days before Palm Sunday, and read their sign: CHRIST HAS RISEN! Um, no. No he hasn’t. In the Christian calendar he hasn’t even died yet. But this is an all-too-common phenomenon in Christian Churches. Why? It’s especially surprising that so many conservative evangelicals avoid it, particularly [Read More…]

Apple vs FBI, Trans Sisters and President Romney

It’s the age-old “security-versus-freedom” debate that we’ve had i the U.S. since Jefferson, but everything changes when we introduce technology. Is it fair for the government to apply a 225-plus-year-old law to information on an iPhone? Do search warrants apply not only to getting access to the phone, but requiring the manufacturer break into it? Is Apple [Read More…]

Talking Sex with Invisibilia’s Hanna Rosin

I’ve wanted to interview Hanna Rosin, host of NPR’s Invisibilia Podcast, contributor to/former editor of The Atlantic, writer for Slate and author of “The End of Men,” for a couple of years and I’m geeked out to get to share this conversation we had about and power. She, much like Malcolm Gladwell (another of my favorite [Read More…]

The Burns, Oregon Occupation with Public Radio’s John Sepulvado

After the tragic death of one of the occupiers at the nature preserve in Burns, Oregon and the arrest of several others, this interview I did with Oregon Public Broadcasting/National Public Radio’s John Sepulvado is particularly prescient. As he states in this interview, there seemed to be no way the Malheur Preserve occupation wouldn’t end [Read More…]

Was the Tree of Knowledge the First Baptism?

Author and Theologian Leonard Sweet says that everything in the bible ultimately points back to the Garden. I’m inclined to agree. Here’s an example. St. Justin Martyr, an early church father, says the following about baptism: …at our birth we were born without our own knowledge or choice…but may become the children of choice and [Read More…]

Cyber Ethics, Star Wars-ing and the Trump Factor

I know, I know. Cyber-ethics may not sound that riveting on first blush, but from Wikileaks and Anonymous to your kids on Youtube and every time you swipe a credit card, cyber security is everywhere. And with that incredible power comes both the potential to use and abuse it. Kinda like chainsaws. Or Bibles. Anyway… [Read More…]

No More “Far Away” and Belly Button Death

This is a different Homebrewed CultureCast show this week. First of all, apologies for the delay in release, as Amy and I (Christian) had to make an emergency trip to be with Papa Russ while he died. You’ll hear more about it in the show, actually. It’s a somewhat shorter and differently structured episode this [Read More…]


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