How Do I Get My Book Published?

There’s self-publishing, and there are the big, traditional publishing houses. But what about a third way for the rest of us? And there are other questions: Do I need an agent? How do I distinguish my title from the millions of others out there? What exactly are the steps in the publishing process? How long [Read More...]

Sneaky Televangelists, Fred Phelps is Dead, and a Glut of God Flicks

This week we are honored to have NPR Religion Correspondent John Burnett return to the show to talk about his investigative series on televangelists and fiscal transparency: Can a Television Network be a Church? The IRS Says Yes. You may remember that John first appeared on the Culture Cast last year when he was in Portland [Read More...]

Daystar’s Day of Reckoning: My Interview with NPR’s John Burnett

I first got to know NPR correspondent John Burnett when he was in Portland doing a story about beer and theology. He was featuring the Beer and Hymns event that we do monthly at First Christian Church in Portland. This time around John has a two-part exposé on evangelical churches in the United States, and [Read More...]

The Dead Don’t Die; They Just Reboot

Religion has, for centuries, been fairly obsessed with the afterlife. For some, what awaits us after our physical death is fairly central to their faith. But thanks to the Internet, many of us end up having a sort of life after death, whether we intended to or not. In a recent article published in the New Yorker magazine, [Read More...]

Malaysia, Marriage and Measles! (CultureCast)

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We continue our time-tested tradition on the Homebrewed Christianity CultureCast about taking completely unrelated topics, digging into them, making a smart-ass joke and then pretty much leaving a bunch of loose ends when we’re all done. And you listen to this because… We talk this week about the Malaysian airliner that’s been missing for some [Read More...]

The Legacy of Fred Phelps

I suppose it is an indication of how steeped in popular culture I am that the first thing that came to mind when I heard of the death of Westboro Baptist Church founder and former leader Fred Phelps was the song, “Freddie’s Dead,” by Curtis Mayfield. But although it is a relatively superficial and tangential [Read More...]

Why Should the Church Care About Marriage?

I was asked by my friend, Audrey, at the GLAD Alliance (Gay & Lesbian Alliance of Disciples) to respond to the question in the subject line above. For some, the Church is the final bastion in the culture war to preserve the notion held by some of “traditional family.”  For others, marriage is merely a [Read More...]

Cool Weed, Cold Wars, Smokin’ Apps and Hot Messes

Sometimes we just talk so damn much, there’s no time for an interview. This happens to be one of those weeks… With Sanjay Gupta re-upping his stance on Medical Marijuana, Vladimir Putin slignin’ his weight around in Ukraine, Millennials smashin cultural trends, Lent in full swing, tons of apps and shows to recommend and a [Read More...]


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