Talking Sex with Invisibilia’s Hanna Rosin

I’ve wanted to interview Hanna Rosin, host of NPR’s Invisibilia Podcast, contributor to/former editor of The Atlantic, writer for Slate and author of “The End of Men,” for a couple of years and I’m geeked out to get to share this conversation we had about and power. She, much like Malcolm Gladwell (another of my favorite [Read More…]

Do Buddhism and Quantum Theory Support the Idea of Original Sin?

Generally, I’ve rejected the doctrine of Original Sin (the idea that we’re all burdened with the mark of sin passed down since the fall from Grace for which Adam and Eve were responsible), but believe it or not, it was a non-religious show on NPR that got me thinking about it again. I was listening [Read More…]

Ryan Bell: Adventist to Atheist…Really?

Seventh Day Adventist pastor Ryan Bell spent a year intentionally living as an atheist and came out on the other side (surprise!) as a nonbeliever. But on further inspection, is he really a tried and true atheist? What Bell says he has let go of is the certainty required by his previous religious affiliation, and [Read More…]

Sneaky Televangelists, Fred Phelps is Dead, and a Glut of God Flicks

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…]

Daystar’s Day of Reckoning: My Interview with NPR’s John Burnett

I first got to know NPR correspondent John Burnett when he was in Portland doing a story about beer and theology. He was featuring the Beer and Hymns event that we do monthly at First Christian Church in Portland. This time around John has a two-part exposé on evangelical churches in the United States, and [Read More…]

“Ham on Nye” Debate Doesn’t Reflect Reality

Whenever I hear about someone else making a case for New Earth Creationism in the name of Christianity, I’m embarrassed, once again, to associate myself with them. And people wonder why many of us prefer to identify as “Jesus followers” or “Spiritual but not Religious” rather than be lumped in with the Ken Hams of [Read More…]

Josh Garrels (and me) on NPR’s Morning Edition

I sat down with NPR’s religion correspondent, John Burnett, to chat about Christian music. This morning, he used a clip from our conversation in his feature story about Portland musician Josh Garrels. Below is the text from the NPR site. To listen to the piece that aired, CLICK HERE.   A Christian Musician With More [Read More…]

Snake Handlers, NPR Geek-Outs and White Power

We’re honored and more than a little geeked out of our skin this week on the Homebrewed Christianity CultureCast to have John Burnett, Religion Correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR in the biz, yo) as our guest. John was in Portland doing a story on our Beer and Hymns and about singer/songwriter Josh Garrels, so [Read More…]


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