Post-Election Hangover With Tripp and Christian

This is a post-election podcast. It is very fresh. Tripp Fuller (Host of the Homebrewed Christianity podcast) and I talk about our feelings, thoughts, anger and hopes after the election. We discuss it in three parts: as a Citizen, as a Husband-Parent, and as a Christian.  At the conclusion we decided to have a future (more [Read More…]

Tom Krattenmaker, Secular Jesus Follower

Can you be a Christian and not believe in God? Tom Krattenmaker thinks so. We talk about his new book, “Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower,” and why he feels like Jesus has a path that makes his life – and those of others, if they’ll be open to it – more rich and meaningful, regardless of theological [Read More…]

All Water is Holy: When I Visited the Site of Jesus’ Baptism

Following is part of a series of essays from my press tour to Jordan, sponsored by the Jordan Tourism Board and Phillips Theological Seminary.  As we neared the Jordan River, we came across Elijah’s Hill, the site where many believe the prophet ascended to heaven. Such ascension stories are found in many of the world’s [Read More…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]