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...]

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

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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?

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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...]

Jesus is a None: 5 Things Christians Need to Know About the “Nones”

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The first time I heard the phrase “Nones” was from my friend Jim Wallis, who wrote about the release of a Pew Forum study documenting the growing number of people who responded “none of the above” when asked about their religious affiliation. As I wrote in a response back then, “Calling people ‘Nones’ is a mistake.” I’m [Read More...]

What if I’m Not Sure What I Believe?

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I get asked questions sometimes that I feel are useful for a larger audience to consider and discuss. One such question was submitted to me by a reader a while back, which echoes the sentiments within many other similar questions I’ve received. Here’s the essence at the heart of those questions: What do I do [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...]

Where Does Faith Fit in Uncertain Times?

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This is another piece in the series I write for First Christian Church, Portland. I respond to questions about faith and theology in (hopefully) simple, straightforward terms. If you have a question you’d like me to take on, email me and I’ll do my best. Where does your faith fit in times of chaos and [Read More...]


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