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...]

Five Things That Will Shock Our Grandkids About Us

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I’m a big fan of the TV show Mad Men, which takes place in the midst of the Madison Avenue advertising agencies back in the ’60s and ’70s. Sure, I enjoy the drama and the “cool factor” of Don Draper and his cavalier ad team. But for me, the most fascinating part is all of the cultural [Read More...]

Swords, Plowshares and the “Drone Dilemma”

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I have followed, with great interest, as my friend, Ian Ebright, ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for, and then completed, his short film on American drones called “From the Sky.” It’s a sensitive and nuanced treatment of those on the receiving en of our hi-tech military aggression. This, combined with all I’ve read at Sojourners [Read More...]

The NSA’s Need to Know, Your Privacy and Jesus’ Path

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“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” — Benjamin Franklin I was encouraged by the findings of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon on Monday who granted an injunction to plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles Strange that will temporarily stop the National Security Agency from continuing their [Read More...]

CANA, The Gathering: Discerning a Progressive Identity

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Thanks to Philip Clayton for contributing this important piece on the first gathering of progressive leaders as part of the new CANA Initiative. Before Thanksgiving some 85 movement leaders from around the U.S. met at the National Cathedral in Washington DC to launch a nation-wide “network of networks,” which we’re calling CANA: the Collective Action [Read More...]

Behavior Modification for Social Justice?

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The busier life gets, the more corners we cut. One of the first things to go for me is self-care. My wife, Amy, and I both work full time and we have two kids, so it’s fairly easy to get to the end of the day and realize we haven’t exercised, had enough water, eaten [Read More...]

Cell Phone Spying: Would Jesus Even Care?

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As if it wasn’t chilling enough to learn that NSA cronies are poring over your web browser history, now we discover that Barack Obama sits in bed at night and listens in on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone calls to Domino’s. Okay, maybe those are a bit of a stretch, but quite a buzz [Read More...]


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