Growing the Awesome Together

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When Tripp Fuller, founder and host of the Homebrewed Christianity podcast and network, and I sat down over beers more than three years ago and talked about starting a show on culture and spirituality, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, in the very best way. It started with Jordan Green and [Read More...]

Kill Rock Stars’ Portia Sabin, Social Capital and Election Day Haps

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Christian sat down with Portia Sabin, head of Kill Rock Stars’ Records, in their main office to hear her pretty amazing personal story. From growing up in Hell’s Kitchen to touring in her own band, doing post-doc work at Columbia and finally running a label, she has a life as exotic as her name. Plus she’s [Read More...]

Teenage Presidents, Comic Book Geekery and Man-spreading


We’re stoked to have our first creator and author of a comic book series as our guest this week. Mark Russell has joined us on an earlier show a long time ago to talk about his book, “God Is Disappointed In You,” illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler. But now he’s the mastermind behind [Read More...]

Bestseller Emma Donoghue, ROOM the Movie and Hillary’s Back


I was really excited to get to interview author Emma Donoghue this week, author of the international bestseller and multiple award winning book, ROOM. She also worked with Director Lenny Abrahamson (Frank, What Richard Did) to write the screenplay and tell such a gripping, moving story in just 90 minutes. The film, which also has [Read More...]

Religious Haters, Stunned Red-Staters and Pop Culture Raters

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

It took a few weeks for her to feel ready, but Amy finally opened up about the group of protesters that showed up outside our church a while back. They brought all the requisite “burn in hell” signs, disrupted worship, and even prayed for God to kill her and to send our kids to hell. [Read More...]

Eric Elnes, Spiritual Wellness and Free Stuff…Hell Yes!!!


We welcomed a good friend and colleague to Portland for a recent live CultureCast. Eric Elnes came to the Lucky Lab for a pint and to talk with us about his new book, “Gifts of the Dark Wood.” It’s a spiritual guidebook for what he calls “Soulful Skeptics.” I’m not sure, but I think it’s [Read More...]

Christian Panders, Fundies for Sanders, Bible Slanders (CultureCast)


The CultureCast crew took a few minutes away from enjoying their waning days of Portland sunlight to drop some tracks this week, straight from their mouth-parts to your ear-pieces. Why did that sound gross? As if Christian doesn’t get enough time on the show, this week he took over the interview slot as well. Actually, [Read More...]

Why Hell Isn’t Scary and Failure’s a Blessing

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In preparation for Eric Elnes’ visit to Portland to appear live on the Homebrewed CultureCast October 1st, I got some insight into what he calls his “best book yet,” “Gifts of the Dark Wood.” In it he offers a spiritual guidebook to navigating faith and seeking God in a postmodern world. As always, Eric offers [Read More...]