Be Afraid! The New Threat to Christianity is Communism

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I get a lot of weird stuff in my email inbox. I’m sure all of us do. But the one I got from my father in law today took the prize for the week, if not the summer. Mike Riddle, in his “Creation Training Initiative” e-newsletter, outlined why it is that Christians – and all [Read More...]

Reconcile: An Interview with John Paul Lederach

I’ve had the chance to speak with author and international peace activist John Paul Lederach about his book, “Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians.” The book, updated from an earlier edition with a new introduction from Bill and Lynne Hybels and contemporary stories, is a powerful guide on how to seek and realize peace among [Read More...]

Michael Brown, Iraq, Putin, Gaza: How to Reconcile the Brokenness?

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A soon-to-be college-bound Michael Brown is shot by Missouri police, reportedly while holding his hands above himself in surrender, and while unarmed. The resulting protests turn violent, leading ultimately to police setting up barricades, complete with snipers, tear gas and flash grenades. Local stores are decimated and scores are injured in the resulting tensions. Not [Read More...]

How Would Jesus Vote?

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I read an article on Huffington Post today about a new survey by a nonpartisan organization called YouGov of self-identified Christians. Asked how they believe Jesus would vote on various hot current topics, here’s a run-down of the results: 1. Jesus would not support gay marriage. 2. Jesus would oppose legal abortion. 3. Jesus would [Read More...]

Four Reasons Conservatives are Embracing Prison Reform

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There are few social issues over which all within the greater Christian Church can agree, or at least historically have been able to find common ground. From gay marriage to gun control, it seems that religious ideology have gone part and parcel along with the respective political parties that tend to represent our social views. [Read More...]

Protect Your Daughters; Turn Them Into Corporations

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 It’s been suggested that the recent Supreme Court decision involving Hobby Lobby’s resistance to provide insurance coverage for particular types of birth control is a blow to women’s rights. But if we’re willing to think creatively, not unlike writer and satirist Jonathan Swift, SCOTUS may have unknowingly offered us a loophole. The recent Supreme Court [Read More...]

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

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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...]

Education’s Broken, Walmart on Welfare, but…Everything is Awesome!

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This week on the Homebrewed CultureCast Amy looks to Entertainment Weekly’s “Bulls Eye” for culture and then outs Philip’s deprived, candy-less upbringing. Andy Campbell sits in for Jordan and talks about pasta makers, bottling homebrew, and growing up with diabetic brothers. In the Echo Chamber, Christian offers his thoughts on reforming high school education and whether or [Read More...]


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