Looking for Healing in the Jordanian Ruins (Strong in the Broken Places)

Following is from a press tour sponsored by the Jordan Tourism Board and through the generosity of Phillips Theological Seminary.  The theme of my trip is “Strong in the Broken Places.”  Two years ago, I was working on the couch in our living room when I noticed a weird chemical smell, like acetone, filled my sinuses. [Read More…]

Bully Karma and Church as Sanctuary

We had our friend, Rev. Aaron Metcalf, on the CultureCast this week to share his amazing story about his childhood. He went from being a relative pariah and the subject of relentless bullying to being the one who shoved others outside the circle. But it turns out that, at least in this case, karma is real, [Read More…]

Jake Morrill on the Future of Church

Listen in as Slim breaks down with Jake Morrill, head of the Christian Universalists and Christian Unitarian Universalist Pastor, talk about what they see as the future of institutional church and religion in our culture. Do we need it? Is it worth sustaining? Does our understanding of “Church” inevitably have to evolve? Into what? Coke [Read More…]

Take the Christian A-Holiness Test

Did you know that when you survey people – both Christians and non-Christians, theists and atheists – that their associations with the words “God” and “Jesus” tend to be overwhelmingly positive? Good news, right? But when the same people are asked how they feel about the word “Christian,” the results aren’t good. Like, really not [Read More…]

CultureCast LIVE at the Goose with Trey Pearson

For the first time, we did a live show out of town with the whole crew, and where better than at Wild Goose 2016? Trey Pearson, founder and main man in the band Everyday Sunday, was our special guest. he broke down what it’s been like going from a darling of the Contemporary Christian Music scene [Read More…]

Orlando, God and the Gay Christian (Matthew Vines)

In this special hour-long interview, I talk with Matthew Vines, author of “God and the Gay Christian,” and Rev. Adam Phillips, pastor of Christ Church, Portland about the tragedy in Orlando. We also discuss both what its like for a gay man like Vines, who is part of a conservative Evangelical community, to come out, and what the [Read More…]

Writer/Director Rodrigo Garcia on His New Film, “Last Days in the Desert”

In this Homebrewed CultureCast Minisode, I interview Rodrigo Garcia about his latest film, “Last Days in the Desert.” Starring Ewan MacGregor as both Jesus and “the Adversary” that Jesus encounters while on a desert trek, and is shot by Emmanuel Lubezki. Lubeski, known most recently for filming “Birdman” and “The Revenant,” is the first cinematographer [Read More…]

Tripp Fuller Hatching Awesome Jesuses. Jesii? Jesusii?

Tripp Fuller, the “Podfather” of the Homebrewed podcast network, is a busy little bee. When he’s not curating a ten-book series or hosting one of five or so regular podcasts, he works with this kind of revolutionary new theological education program out on Redondo Beach called The Hatchery? What is this communal think-tank-cum-seminary a few feet [Read More…]