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Homebrewed Culture Cast
63 minutes | 2 years ago
Season of Doubt
With a freshman in high school, Amy and Christian Piatt are getting familiar with a whole new set of doubts. This got them thinking about how much doubt we’re surrounded by every day. But a question keep nagging at them… Is our doubt getting worse? From AI mimicry to feel-good stories gone bad, it seems like we have to question the very reality around us. So that’s what the Piatts do in this CultureCast. Christian also interviews Austin Fischer, author of “Faith in the Shadows: Finding Christ in the Midst of Doubt,” Amy turns our hair gray (those of us who have any) with her weekly fear, and the recommendations help you clear both your head and mind. Listen on iTunes HERE Connect with us HERE Fins us on Facebook HERE
70 minutes | 2 years ago
Words at War
Words we use – or withhold – shape our culture, opinions and identities. From media and Church to the White House, our words are at war to claim attention more than ever before. We examine Trump’s words (and silence) regarding Sen. McCain’s death, the Vatican’s response to recent abuse allegations, what various media outlets chose to cover after the Manafort and Cohen dramas, and whether preaching is a dying craft. Our guest is Jonathan Merritt, author of “Learning to Speak God from Scratch,” in which he argues why the loss of sacred language is important, and what can be done. Connect with the show HERE Join us on Facebook HERE Subscribe on iTunes HERE
65 minutes | 2 years ago
Blood and Soil: One Year After Charlottesville
It’s been a year since the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville took place. What has happened since then? Amy and Christian Piatt reflect on the impact of last year’s events, consider the recent “Unite the Right 2” rally in DC and consider MSNBC’s recent “Breaking Hate” special featuring former Hammerskin Nation leader and friend of the show, Christian Picciolini. Christian interviews Clive Thompson, writer for Wired Magazine, about his recent article about how extremist groups are taking the war for your mind to the internet and how it’s impacting our children. Plus we review Spike Lee’s new film, BlacKKKlansman and more. Connect with the CultureCast HERE
70 minutes | 2 years ago
The Moral Compromise of Supporting Trump
In this episode, Christian and Amy ask why white Evangelicals support Trump in such big numbers. As much as 77% of white Evangelicals support Trump. Why do they continue to support him? Do progressives share anything with Evangelicals besides the name Christian? They talk about the moral compromise and rationalization of supporting Trump, the perceived loss of (white) identity, support for a populist movement, and comfort with a patriarchal order. Plus, and update and continuation from the last episode on 3D printable guns and limiting free speech for the greater good in the age of the Internet. Christian also talks with Tripp Fuller from the Homebrewed Christianity podcast and co-star of the new film The Road to Edmond. At the heart of the movie is an exploration of the tension between those parts of your religious upbringing that have blessed you, and the need to leave it behind, and how friendship can be the bridge between the two. Hear about the movie, where the idea came from, how the movie provokes conversation, developing a character who is antagonistic towards organized religion, faithfully depicting people of faith on screen, and the real-life inspiration behind the story. Plus, hear about what didn’t make it in the film, and the most offensive scene in the film. Click here if you’d like to host a screening in your town. Subscribe and listen to the CultureCast on iTunes HERE Subscribe and Listen to the Surviving the Bible Podcast HERE Get Bonus Content HERE Join us on Facebook HERE
73 minutes | 2 years ago
Modern Feminism and the Death Throes of Patriarchy
In this episode of the CultureCast, Amy and Christian talk about Jeff Sessions and Romans 13, Thai cave rescues and babies in cages, and free speech and feminism. You’ll hear about how a political cartoon sparked a debate about the difference between the efforts to rescue the soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand and the relative inaction in regards to the children detained at the US border, Jeff Session’s defense of separating children using Romans 13, and drawing the line between what is and isn’t safe to share online. Christian is joined by Erin Wathen, pastor outside of Kansas City, friend of the podcast, and author of the new book Resist and Persist: Faith and the Fight for Equality. She also runs the Irreverin blog on Patheos. They chat about a feminist response to a culture of deeply ingrained misogyny, how patriarchy is so deeply embedded in our daily lives that it is beyond recognition, the roots of toxic masculinity, how millennial women find traditional feminism off-putting and building brides between different generations, the cross as a symbol of empire, the intersectional effects of patriarchy, and under representation of women in politics. what does addressing patriarchy look like in the age of Trump? was Jesus a feminist? has the #metoo movement gone too far? Plus, the motherhood myth, how we understand the different cultural and religious norms for women, and what the faithful response to all of this would even look like. Subscribe and listen to the CultureCast on iTunes HERE Subscribe and Listen to the Surviving the Bible Podcast HERE Get Bonus Content HERE Join us on Facebook HERE
70 minutes | 3 years ago
Best of the CultureCast
This is our first ever ‘Best Of’ episode, looking back at some of the best interviews from the 6 months… ish. These are just short clips from 7 different interviews, so if you want to listen to the whole thing just click on the links: Carol Howard Merritt talks about overcoming religious trauma Dr. Pamela Ayo Yetunde talks a little about her Theology of Prince project Dr. Daniel White Hodge and the theology of hip-hop Michael Poffenberger about why contemplation and activism need to go hand in hand Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation John Kiriakou about when doing good breaks the law Ira Glass talks about the portrayal of Christians in the media As always, you can go to patreon.com/culturecast to help support the podcast, and get some sweet bonus content. Subscribe and listen to the CultureCast on iTunes HERE Subscribe and Listen to the Surviving the Bible Podcast HERE Get Bonus Content HERE Join us on Facebook HERE
72 minutes | 3 years ago
Autism, God, and Family
In this week’s episode, Christian and Amy talk about autism, families, and ableism in the church. Their son, Mattias, who is on the spectrum, comes on the podcast to talk a little bit about what it’s like being on the spectrum, some of the challenges he faces, the most difficult moments in his life, what has changed, his experience in a new school environment, and about the time he told everyone in his class about being on spectrum. Amy and Christian also share their perspective as parents and ask Mattias to share a little bit about his talents and what advice he would give parents of kids with autism. Christian also talks with Nathanael Welch, producer of the CultureCast and Homebrewed Christianity podcasts, about life with a sibling with austism. Nathanael shares about his brother Benjamin, who is profoundly disabled, when he first noticed Ben was different, the shifts in identity that took place as a result of growing up with a disabled sibling, the struggle with resentment,and how his experiences taking care of Ben have changed the way he sees the world, other people, and God. Plus, they also chat about the ways in which our society is inherently ableist, the failure of the church and faith communities to address the needs of people with disabilities, and how encountering people with disabilities can reveal those things we repress as a society Learn more about Benjamin’s situation here. You can help support the CultureCast! Just go to patreon.com/culturecast. If you become a patron (at any level) by May 5th, you will be entered to win a set of 3 Common English Bibles (the Study Bible, Women’s Bible, and Storyteller’s Bible). So sign up to support the podcast now! Subscribe and listen to the CultureCast on iTunes HERE Subscribe and Listen to the Surviving the Bible Podcast HERE Get Bonus Content HERE Join us on Facebook HERE
65 minutes | 3 years ago
The Soul of Hip Hop (CultureCast LIVE in Chicago)
Live from Chicago at Fourth Presbyterian Church for the Associated Church Press Conference. Gregg Brekke is Christian’s co-host with guests J. Kwest and Dr. Daniel White Hodge. Learn a little about the history of the Associated Church Press, and our sponsor Lutheran World Relief. If you go to lwr.org/coffee and use the promo code LWRCOFFEE, you’ll get 10% off your order of fair trade coffee. In News of the World, Gregg and Christian take a look at fake news and the responsibility and role of media in a fake news culture. has trust in media been misplaced? are we getting more realistic about the relative truth of all media? how do we define truth in a post-fact culture? how can we tell the difference between legitimate news and propaganda? Then, Daniel White Hodge, Associate Professor of Intercultural Communications at North Park University in Chicago, talks about the relationship between urban missions and colonialism, the lack of intercultural competencies in urban mission work, the prophetic voice in hip-hop, the history of hip-hop, how it has replaced the civil rights movement, and whether mainstream recognition of hip-hop is a good thing, or just another example of being co-opted by white culture. Plus, you’ll get to hear two live performances by J. Kwest, and the 3 (or 7) hip-hop albums everyone needs to have in their collection. Subscribe and listen on iTunes HERE Get Bonus Content HERE Join us on Facebook HERE
69 minutes | 3 years ago
Razing Hell with Ira Glass
In this episode of the CultureCast, Amy gets to share some big news about her new position in Texas, and Christian gets his nerd credentials boosted by Ira Glass. Amy and Christian look at the state of leadership in the church today. what does it take to truly lead the church in the 21st century? what does society need from a faith leader? how do faith leaders best care for people today? how do you lead people in something that doesn’t allow for certainty? and what about when you feel compelled to lead in a direction that you know will not be welcomed? Up first, Christian interviews Amy in a pre-interview interview about what it takes to be a leader, the challenges of leading people who are leaders in other contexts, the problems with and tensions of being welcoming, and the lure of certainty. Then, Christian talks with Ira Glass about his movie Come Sunday, now available on Netflix. From IMDB: Based on an episode of the public radio series This American Life, which centers on Bishop Carlton Pearson, a rising star among evangelicals until he was ostracized by his own church and declared a heretic after he started preaching that there is no Hell. Hear about what drew Ira, a self-proclaimed atheist, to this story and what about it made him want to make it into a movie, what excited him about the movie, the lack of mainstream movies or shows that accurately depict Christians and the importance of correcting that (especially given our current cultural moment), the tension between relationships and ideology, intent versus impact, his philosophy behind telling any story, what makes for a good story, and the role that This American Life plays in our society. Plus: have Christians gotten gotten a bad rap? have they earned that portrayal? is God a God of love, or of wrath? The very first episode of the Surviving the Bible podcast is out! You can listen to it here. Make sure to subscribe and share. Christian will be doing a live podcast in Chicago this Wednesday, April 18th. You can get more info and tickets here. Amy’s book recommendation – Resist and Persist: Faith and the Fight for Equality by Erin Wathen
71 minutes | 3 years ago
What Does “Church” Mean Today?
In this week’s episode, Christian and Amy are exploring some questions about church and get a little help from some friends. What does the church mean in the 21st century? What of our identity, systems, or traditions should be preserved or continued? What needs to die? How do you think the Christian religion will look differently a generation or two from now? Topics and themes discussed: intersectionality, that is, the overlap of the labels we use for people, how differentiation and the safety that brings plays out in the church today, the ingredients for dehumanization present in the church, and the curiosity of church for those in a post-church culture. Plus, holding the tension of difference and the cohesion of community, the symbol of the table, the frustration of trying to include people you disagree with, redeeming the loving mother image of God, and Amy shares some big news. Don’t miss the CultureCast live in Chicago on Wednesday, April 18th. Click here for more information and tickets. You can help support the CultureCast (and get some sweet perks) by going to patreon.com/culturecast
80 minutes | 3 years ago
The Very Worst Missionary with Jamie Wright
This week’s theme is wrestling with resurrection, transformation, the ways people are changing the world and when our best intentions go awry. Amy talks about how she was considering leaving the church and Christianity completely, the ways in which she has changed over the past year, and how resurrection has manifested in her life. Christian talks about resurrection as transformation from potential to actuality, his resurrection agnosticism, and how our wounds can be the site of transformation. They also discuss the response from the students in Parkland, Florida, and the historical parallels to this movement. Later, Christian interviews Jamie Wright, best known for her blog-turned-book, The Very Worst Missionary, which comes out today! Christian and Jamie talk about how they met, the crazy process of writing a book, about growing up in an atheist and agnostic family and how she ended up going to a synagogue, about wanting to be someone else and finding her identity in Christianity, and what happened when she dissented in her women’s small group. Jamie also talks about her time as a missionary, the experience of moving to Costa Rica with her family, the decision to be honest about missions work and how hungry many Christians are for people to speak truthfully and honestly about reality. Plus, the top 5 reasons Christian missions suck. Last, but not least, Recommendations and Fear of the Week are back, and Christian and Amy help us avoid some of the worst words of consolation, support, or advice that we give as people of faith. You can help support the CultureCast (and score some sweet stuff) by going to patreon.com/culturecast.
82 minutes | 3 years ago
The Process of Resurrection (#SurvivingTheBible for Lent)
It’s Holy Week, and the CultureCast is here to help you survive Easter. John 20:1-18 | Amy shares the Easter message she would preach, the calling out of Mary’s name and the importance of the act of naming, the significance of Jesus the gardener, opening ourselves to truth, being broken open by suffering, what we’ve missed about the resurrection, and how it relates to Genesis 3. Luke 24:1-12 | Christian talks about what Jesus had to die to before engaging and, ultimately, transcending the cross. He quotes noted atheist Penn Jillette and explains what modern science has to reveal to us about resurrection. Finally, he connects resurrection back to Genesis and talks about why the women were the right ones to witness Jesus’ death and resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 | Tripp shares his frustration with this passage and how this (and others) are used to kick people out for not ‘believing’ the correct thing, the invitation to be resurrected, the urgency of the message, and can you believe God really does anything? Acts 10:34-43 | Tripp tries to convince Amy that this is the text she should preach on Easter, the resurrection as the rupture of Peter’s understanding of the gospel, how the proper affirmation of the resurrection removes the barriers to our embodied existence, and being witnesses to transformation. Plus, Christ is risen, he is risen indeed? Who are our Easter services for? And don’t forget you can enter to win some sweet new bibles from our friends at the Common English Bible.
70 minutes | 3 years ago
Ignorance Parties, Jackie Robinson, and Military Parades (#SurvivingTheBible for Lent)
This week on the CultureCast: the Triumphal Entry versus the Annunciation. Christian tries to convince Amy and Tripp that they should preach on the Annunciation texts, and not the triumphal entry, by showing how they’re connected. In Isaiah 7:10-14, Christian tells us about the scandal of particularity, and being participants in Easter without making it about us. Then Tripp and Amy turn to the triumphal entry in Mark 11:1-11 and how we’ve lost the significance of Palm Sunday, the messianic secret and the turn towards Jerusalem, the contrast between Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and the Roman Army’s entry before Passover, the real threat Jesus poses, and the conflict of two different types of power. Plus, how throwing a party that celebrates our ignorance is good news, David and Goliath as the opening match for Jesus and Pilate, the power at play in re-reading a text, and the anxiety surrounding our own agency and the possibility of transformation. And don’t forget you can enter to win some sweet new bibles from our friends at the Common English Bible.
79 minutes | 3 years ago
Mandy Moore, Harvey Weinstein and the Democratization of God (#SurvivingTheBible for Lent)
This week on the CultureCast we continue with highlights from the Surviving the Bible for Lent course. Tripp gives you your Bible-nerd fact of the day, you’ll hear about why David is like the Harvey Weinstein of the Hebrew Bible, what Mandy Moore has to do with the Psalms, and our avoidance of suffering. First up, Jeremiah 31:31-34. Tripp once again gives you many options for preaching this text: who has access to God in the new covenant? the tension between institutions and movements, the democratization of God, the deep political divisions latent in the passage, and how new life is stymied by needing to be right in that divide. In the Psalm (51:1-12) we see David’s internal struggle and our uncomfortability with God using someone like David for something good. For Hebrews 5:5-10, Tripp helps explain how the text can short-circuit latent penal-substitutionary atonement interpretations by noticing what it doesn’t say, how Jesus’ faithfulness helps re-frame our understanding of sin and salvation, and how Jesus changes the job description of high priest. Lastly, in John 12:20-33, Christian and Amy talk about our inability to recognize the truth right in front of us, the requirements of transformation, what is truly necessary to be born again, and hurting for the right reasons. Plus, Amy gives some advice and reasons for engaging in contemplative practices. And don’t forget you can enter to win some sweet new bibles from our friends at the Common English Bible.
77 minutes | 3 years ago
Snake on a Stick! (#SurvivingTheBible for Lent)
This week on the CultureCast, you’ll hear about snakes on a stick (Numbers 21:4-9), Eddie Izzard, and Princess Leia. Christian and Amy are joined once again by Tripp Fuller to talk about some of the problems of reading this passage literally, the role this text plays in the relationship between God and Israel, those wilderness times in our lives, and what this has to do with a cake or death decision. They’ll also tackle the most one of the most significant verses in the whole bible: John 3:16. Plus those other ones nearby: John 3:14-21. Why do we so often lift this passage out of context and use it as a test of faith? How can we avoid using this text to harass people? Plus the way John connects the cross with the snake in numbers. Lastly, Ephesians 2:1-10. What is the difference between grace and mercy? Do we often miss the really radical part of grace? How does this text help us shift our economic understandings of how grace and mercy work? And don’t forget you can enter to win some sweet new bibles from our friends at the Common English Bible. If you want to join the Surviving the Bible for Lent group, it’s not too late! Sure, we all know Bible verses and may have even tried to read the “whole Bible,” maybe even more than once. But it can be confusing, contradictory and – if we’re being honest – really freaking boring in places. But there’s another way to approach scripture that can actually make sense, and might even be enjoyable. Join the CultureCast’s Amy and Christian Piatt, along with Tripp, in figuring out how to “Survive the Bible” together this Lent.
61 minutes | 3 years ago
#SurvivingTheBible for Lent: Cleansing Our Temples
This edition of the CultureCast is from the second live session of Surviving the Bible for Lent, with Tripp Fuller and Christian and Amy. They take a look at the texts for the second Sunday in Lent (Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22). Tripp gives you 3 different sermons you can preach for Lent using this text, Amy helps us find our true selves, and Christian helps us see the Good News, but difficult news, of Lent. The 10 commandments – what are we supposed to do with them? What if they are descriptive not prescriptive? Is Jesus cleansing the temple righteous anger or something else? Did Jesus break one of the commandments? Plus, the importance of giving up the rules, our identities, our titles – anything we’ve created that we’re attached to, the completeness of God’s law in the Psalm, and the transrational nature of the crucifixion. And don’t forget you can enter to win some sweet new bibles from our friends at the Common English Bible. If you want to join the Surviving the Bible for Lent group, it’s not too late! Sure, we all know Bible verses and may have even tried to read the “whole Bible,” maybe even more than once. But it can be confusing, contradictory and – if we’re being honest – really freaking boring in places. But there’s another way to approach scripture that can actually make sense, and might even be enjoyable. Join the CultureCast’s Amy and Christian Piatt, along with Tripp, in figuring out how to “Survive the Bible” together this Lent.
76 minutes | 3 years ago
#SurvivingTheBible for Lent: Super-Duper Pooper-Scooper Messiah
We just passed 15% of our monthly goal! Thanks to everyone who helps to support the CultureCast. You can help us reach our goal, support the podcast, and get some sweet perks by donating at patreon.com/culturecast This special edition of the CultureCast is from the first live session of Surviving the Bible for Lent, with Homebrewed Christianity’s Tripp Fuller. Tripp, Christian, and Amy take a look at the texts for the second Sunday in Lent (Mark 8:31-38; Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Romans 4:13-25) plus a brief look at last week’s texts. They talk about the Transfiguration, Peter as object lesson, the willing surrender of control, and Christus Victor. can we reconcile a Christus Victor christology with a willingly vulnerable God/Christ? what does it mean to call Jesus the Christ? was Jesus really tempted? They also cover the ways these texts have been used to justify suffering, oppression, and abuse, the covenant between God and Abraham, the genesis of the Genesis passage, how the mistranslation of one of the proper names of God radically changes our understanding of the passage, and the importance of the maternal lineage and parental role of God in these passages. Plus everyone wrestles with Paul about the difference between Law and Covenant And don’t forget you can enter to win some sweet new bibles from our friends at the Common English Bible. If you want to join the Surviving the Bible for Lent group, it’s not too late! Sure, we all know Bible verses and may have even tried to read the “whole Bible,” maybe even more than once. But it can be confusing, contradictory and – if we’re being honest – really freaking boring in places. But there’s another way to approach scripture that can actually make sense, and might even be enjoyable. Join the CultureCast’s Amy and Christian Piatt, along with Tripp, in figuring out how to “Survive the Bible” together this Lent.
67 minutes | 3 years ago
The Christian Obsession with Sex and Fear, with Benjamin Corey
In this episode, all the way from Hawaii, Christian and Amy talk about the Christian obsession with sex and fear. Are we too focused on sex and sexuality too much? Are we sometimes focusing on things like inclusion of LGBTQ to the exclusion of other things like poverty, homelessness, ecology? Is defending one’s identity or group all there is? Are we stuck in a spiritual or emotional adolescence? Christian interviews Benjamin Corey about his new book Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith, and his move from fundamentalist Christianity into something else. Hear about why writing this book was a big challenge for him, the major shifts that occurred while writing, the experience of losing community overnight, his period of theological deconstruction and how a conversation with Rob Bell sparked it. Plus, how our views about God inform our views about ourselves and Benjamin tells the story of meeting Joe Biden with his Dad. You can check out Benjamin’s blog here. It’s not too late to sign up for Surviving the Bible for Lent! Sure, we all know Bible verses and may have even tried to read the “whole Bible,” maybe even more than once. But it can be confusing, contradictory and – if we’re being honest – really freaking boring in places. But there’s another way to approach scripture that can actually make sense, and might even be enjoyable. Join Amy, Christian, and Homebrewed Christianity’s Tripp Fuller in figuring out how to “Survive the Bible” together this Lent. If you’d like to get your question answered on the show, get a copy of Christian’s book Surviving the Bible, plus a bunch of other sweet perks, become a member at patreon.com/culturecast.
58 minutes | 3 years ago
Surviving the Bible for Lent with Tripp Fuller
Tripp Fuller, from the Homebrewed Christianity podcast, join Amy and Christian to extend a warm invitation to join the Surviving the Bible for Lent community. For a lot of us these texts have been used as weapons, experienced as burdens, so let’s acknowledge that together and discover what it looks like to survive the bible today. If you’re interested in thinking about scripture in a new and different way, this is the group for you. Amy, Christian and Tripp will answer your questions about the bible (or how to survive reading the Bible) every Monday through Friday throughout Lent. Once a week, all three will do a live video talking about the lectionary texts for that week. Plus, you’ll also have access to a community of people where you can connect with others who have similar ideas and questions. One of the unique aspects of this group is that the responses and questions are happening in real time, not something pre-packaged and devoid of context. The video reflections and live streams will not just be answering your questions about reading the Bible, but will be addressing and engaging what’s going on in world politically, culturally, religiously, etc. So go to survivingthebible.club and join today.
73 minutes | 3 years ago
Faith, Ethics and Medical Practice with Dr. Lauren Raimer-Goodman
This episode is all about medicine, medical ethics, and faith. Amy and Christian take a look at two big news stories involving medicine and ethics: the sexual assault case against US Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, and the Trump administration’s initiative to give more freedom for physicians to refuse treatment because of religious belief. We implicitly trust and give authority to doctors, what about the systemic negligence that contributes to the abuse of that power and trust? Christian also talks with Dr. Lauren Raimer-Goodman, with the University of Texas medical branch, about how practicing medicine is an expression of her faith, the differences in the understanding and realities of practicing medicine in the US and Africa, the perception and role of physicians in our lives today, the role of doubt in medicine, the ethics training required and what happens when and if there is a breach, and how the people who have suffered an abuse are treated, and how she deals with the patriarchal nature of the medical field. The Ask the Caster and Pastor segment is back! You can submit a question for Christian and Amy to answer on air by becoming a supporter of the podcast. Some people give something up for Lent (most of us fail at it). But why not take something on instead? How about (gasp!) actually reading the Bible? Sure, we all know Bible verses and may have even tried to read the “whole Bible,” maybe even more than once. But it can be confusing, contradictory and – if we’re being honest – really freaking boring in places. But there’s another way to approach scripture that can actually make sense, and might even be enjoyable. Join Amy, Christian, and Homebrewed Christianity’s Tripp Fuller in figuring out how to “Survive the Bible” together this Lent.
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