An Opportunity for Grace in the Face of Hateful Protest

My wife, rev. Amy Piatt, bringing refreshments to protesters and comforting upset congregants.

There’s little in this world that gets me going more aggressively and quickly in life than someone yelling at or denigrating my wife. Yesterday, a pair of fire-breathing evangelists did both. Fortunately, my wife isn’t me. I was down the street preparing for a lecture I was doing this week. Rather than taking their emotional [Read More...]

Philip Clayton, Vulcans, LGBTQ Marriage Equality, and LIVE Awesomeness


Well folks, we geeked out this time… First, we’re thrilled to announce a first-ever LIVE Homebrewed Christianity CultureCast! It’s happening April 28th from 6PM to 8:30 PM at Marmoset Music in Southeast Portland. Tickets are limited and already going at a healthy pace, so snap one up soon. A $10 admission  gets you into the [Read More...]

AJ Jacobs, Sony, Summer Camps & Semi-Nude Skyping


After a, um, hiatus of sorts Christian, Amy, and Andy are back to talk about all things important… like summer camp for asthmatics, Beer and Hymns protests, and semi-nude Skype conversations. This episode’s interview is with A.J. Jacobs – author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. He has written four New York Times bestsellers, including The Year of Living Biblically. [Read More...]

FCC Portland’s Beer and Hymns on National Public Radio

Photo from Wild Goose Festival "Beer and Hymns" by Cathleen Falsani.

UPDATE: NPR Executive Producers have pushed the Beer and Hymns story to next Sunday, November 2nd. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Portland is pleased to announce that National Public Radio’s Religion Correspondent, John Burnett, has produced a story called “God and Beer” which features both FCC’s monthly “Beer and Hymns” event, as well [Read More...]

The Pastor vs the Killer Bees

amy the bee killer

My wife Rev. Amy, decided she was going to become an bee assassin. Her outfit was, um…unique and pretty stinkin’ elaborate. Did she win, or did the bees prevail? You decide… [Read more...]

Everyday Sunday, Breaking Bad, Drunk History and Hot Toddlers (HB CultureCast)

trey pearson

This week, we’re featuring an interview that Christian did with Trey Pearson, front man for the band, Everyday Sunday. Trey and Christian chatted it up at the recent Wild Goose Festival, talking mainly about why a guy who has sold hundreds of thousands of records and landed scads of number-one songs within the Contemporary Christian [Read More...]

George Zimmerman, Women in Prison and POOL SHARKS!!!

This week the CultureCast crew  welcomes Micky Jones, the analogy correspondent  for the Homebrewed family’s Theology Nerd Throwdown show.  She helps us break down the George Zimmerman verdict and brings some actual thought to an otherwise sophomoric lollapalooza. Speaking of sophomoric, Christian lets off a little steam – quite literally – right in the middle [Read More...]

Jay Bakker, Exodus International and Twitter Wars With Patton Oswalt


We don’t usually drink while recording the podcast since it’s usually morning. But this was late afternoon this time, so we all sipped some Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti and some Fire Mountain Summer IPA. Things…get a little sloppy. I won’t give too much away, but some violence ensued, and it’s all captured on tape. You [Read More...]