Alan Chambers’ Exodus from Religious Slavery

Alan Chambers, former long-time Director of Exodus International, speaks in this episode about his struggle with his own sexual orientation, a love-hate relationship with church and his eventual closure of the once-notorious “Conversion Therapy” organization. Chambers headed the Christian-based conversion group for years, having gone through the program himself. But after much prayerful contemplation and soul-searching, he realized it was the wrong thing to do. How did he know? He knew in his own heart that he was still gay…. Read more

SULLY Screenwriter Todd Komarnicki

In this CultureCast mini-sode, I chat with Todd Komarnicki, screenwriter for the new Clint Eastwood/Tom Hanks flick, SULLY. The movie focuses on Chelsey Sullenberger, captain of the US Air flight that he landed in the middle of the Hudson River after engine failures, saving all 155 people on board. Turns out there was more controversy around the heroic act than many of us may remember, and Todd breaks down why this is a story that needed to be told on the… Read more

We’re Talking About the Wrong Kaepernick Issue

My biggest issue with San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick perviously has been that he kisses his own biceps after big plays and revels in moments of self-adulation. But my view of him has changed, and for the better. Kaepernick, who is effectively trying out for his position on the team again during preseason games, risked both his job and millions in endorsements by choosing to sit down and bow his head in silent protest during the playing of the National… Read more

Leaving A-Holiness Behind

The following is from Christian Piatt’s new book, “Leaving A-Holiness Behind: From Pious Jerk to Not-SoPious Jerk,” available in print and ebook formats everywhere.  When I was seventeen years old, I had a Bible thrown at my head and I was invited not to return to my church youth group. Suffice it to say I took them up on that offer. The problems began when I started thinking for myself. For one, my parents sent me to this private school where… Read more

Who’s down with learning how not to be an asshat? I mean if you like being one, might not listen to us, cause we’re on a mission. In this episode, I talk with dad, author and groovy fellow God nerd Bruce Reyes-Chow about his new book, “DON’T BE AN ASSHAT: And Official Handbook for Raising Parents and Children”. This self-described parenting book for people who are sick of parenting books was co-written by Bruce and his wife, Robin Pugh (who… Read more

Jake Morrill on the Future of Church

Listen in as Slim breaks down with Jake Morrill, head of the Christian Universalists and Christian Unitarian Universalist Pastor, talk about what they see as the future of institutional church and religion in our culture. Do we need it? Is it worth sustaining? Does our understanding of “Church” inevitably have to evolve? Into what? Coke or Pepsi? Paper or plastic??? All will be answered, fear not. We also talk about why the RNC was a Trumpster fire to which a… 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 good. In fact the two most common words associated with Christians are “judgmental” and “hypocrite.” Ouch. How did this happen? How did the world come… Read more

CultureCast LIVE at the Goose with Trey Pearson

For the first time, we did a live show out of town with the whole crew, and where better than at Wild Goose 2016? Trey Pearson, founder and main man in the band Everyday Sunday, was our special guest. he broke down what it’s been like going from a darling of the Contemporary Christian Music scene to now living as an openly gay man who still loves sharing good music. He’s been everywhere from NBC news to the View, Billboard and… Read more

The Biggest Bank Robbery No One Knows About

How did someone pull off an $81 million international bank heist? Better yet, how did they do it without anyone hearing about it? Mike Collins, our resident tech expert, explains. A criminal network who had planned on stealing $1 billion, got away with one of the biggest single hauls in history, leaving no trace of the original funds. And despite the elaborate organized crime systems used to do it, they were stopped from stealing more only because of – get this… Read more

Orlando, God and the Gay Christian (Matthew Vines)

In this special hour-long interview, I talk with Matthew Vines, author of “God and the Gay Christian,” and Rev. Adam Phillips, pastor of Christ Church, Portland about the tragedy in Orlando. We also discuss both what its like for a gay man like Vines, who is part of a conservative Evangelical community, to come out, and what the effects of being an Evangelical LGBTQ advocate have been for Adam. This powerful discussion goes well beyond the myth of the biblical case against being… Read more

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