CultureCast LIVE (pt. 1 of 2): Chalke, Pagitt, Horse Feathers, Heatherlyn…and Beer


From Left: Doug Pagitt, Steve Chalke, Amy Piatt, Slim Moon, Christian Piatt

Are you sitting down? Good, cause this show is pretty sure to rock your shorts clean off.

And if you’re at a coffeeshop, goofing off at work or the like that could be a little awkward.

But Christian, you ask, pray tell why this show would rock me out of my clothes more so than the average Homebrewed CultureCast? BECAUSE IT’S 110% LIVE BABY.

That’s right. We brought Oasis Church’s Steve Chalke in from the UK, Solomon’s Porch’s founding pastor Doug Pagitt from Minneapolis along with his partner-in-crime singer/songwriter Heatherlyn, and a bit of homegrown Portland fabulosity by sprinkling the inimitable Justin Ringle and Nathan Crockett of the band Horse Feathers on top of this sundae of theo-cultural deliciosity.


Justin Ringle and Nathan Crockett from Horse Feathers

All of this, natch, is hosted by your tried and true CultureCast sherpas: Amy Piatt, Slim Moon and yours truly (no that’s not my name, it’s Christian Piatt. Duh.).

We descended on Portland’s own Marmoset Music like a podcast-borne siege of near-Biblical proportions hammering the earholes and mind-parts of those in attendance with some CultureCast goodness, all happening right before their very eyes.

Okay, so maybe that’s a little bit of hyperbole, but it was pretty awesome. Don’t believe it? Check for yourself.

Can’t get enough? Have to listen on to hear who wins, who claims the proverbial conch and rises high above the culture-carnage to reign supreme atop the mountain of virtual corpses left in his or her wake?



Well then you’re just gross. Have you no sense of decency? GAWD.

If, on the other hand, you just want to dig a little deeper into the live CultureCast haps, stay tuned for the second half of the show, coming soon to a blog post, RSS feed, Stitcher channel or iTunes subscription near you.

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Extra special thanks to Adam Phillips, our show’s producer, Jeff Simmons/Caravan Recordings, the sound Svengali and Caedmon Michael for working the door with vigilance. And we could not have pulled this off without our sponsors: Phillips Theological Seminary (I’m starting to think those guys like us), Basecamp Brewery (nom nom nom) and Marmoset Music for this stellar support. 

Homebrewed CultureCast is produced by Square Core Media.

God Is Unconscious with Tad DeLay

IMG_1029Did you know that God is Unconscious?

I didn’t until Tad Delay told me. Here’s the thing, it is superWIPFSTOCK_Template sexy for nerds to talk about psychoanalysis, Freud and Lacan. Clearly Zizek can use them to write really sweet movie reviews but if you were wondering just what happens when psychoanalysis and theology hang out you need to read this book!

Tad has written an accessible that by its end will have you thinking thoughts you had no idea how to think before you IMG_1031started.

Tad is a friend of the show and fellow PhD candidate at Claremont. His book is so good and the ideas so deep that just one interviewer was not enough – we had to get three! Tripp, Barry Taylor and Pete Rollins (who wrote the forward to Tad’s book) sit down to chat with him.

You will also notice the sweet cover illustration by our Elder of Graphical Sweetness – Jesse Turri.

Genealogy of Liberal Theology from PYM

Scott Paeth and Douglas Ottati tackle the lightning round at Progressive Youth Ministry with a whirlwind tour of the history of liberal theology. PYMtntPart2

You can hear part 1 of the live show from that evening featuring Amy Butler and John Vest here.

Both Paeth and Ottati have been on HBC multiple times. Here are a couple of links for each of them.

Paeth’s first visit.  BONUS-cast.     2014 PYMC.

Ottati’s first visit (Christology).  Why write a liberal theology?

PhillipsTheologicalSeminary_bioWe want to thank Phillips Theological Seminary for their awesome sponsorship of this evening and their ongoing partnership. Please check out their new ministry degrees … including the Masters in Theological Studies and Doctor of Ministry!

Bonnie Miller-McLemore on Practical Theology

BMMBonnie Miller-McLemore chats with Callid and Bo to help introduce the upcoming Practical Theology Project. PTP

The Practical Theology Project will debut later this Summer and will pair voices and perspectives in side-by-side clips responding to the same basic questions.

Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture at the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion of Vanderbilt University. Her research in religion, psychology, and culture, pastoral and practical theology, and women and childhood studies focuses on understanding the person and lived theology in the midst of everyday realities.

Her works include The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology ; Christian Theology in Practice: Discovering a Discipline ;  In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice.

Make sure to check out the Practical Theology Project on Facebook for upcoming developments.

Worship How-Tos, Franklin Graham Blues and New Tattoos (CultureCast)

AndraSuzanneI tell ya, one week without our cohost Slim Moon around and it all turns to chaos.

Well, not really, but we missed him this week. Sitting in for him is our buddy, Rev. Adam Phillips, pastor of the much-publicized Christ Church Portland, who got kicked out of the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination for being too inclusive. You heard me right; there go those crazy Christians, welcoming everyone into the community again.

So what to do once you’re all together, you ask? Dig Suzanne Castle’s worship expertise (as explicated in super practical ways in her worship book, BRIM, co-authored by worship leader Goddess Andra Moran) as she helps us figure out what it means to immerse people in a worshipful theopoetic. No, you don’t have to recite poetry like in sixth grade when they forced you to regurgitate the entire Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, while your prep school buddies snickered. Oh, just me? Anyhoo…

We also delve into other critical issues, like why the Piatt house has become a flophouse for wayward ducks, why “House of Cards” Frank Underwood is a badass, and why (sadly) Franklin Graham is not. Good news is that Lisa Sharon Harper, who takes him to town, is 100% badass material. So it all kinda balances out.

And yes, of course we have your much beloved recommendations and a hearty does of the Fear of the Week. Fear not!!! Yaknow, because we’ll do all the worrying for you. You’re welcome.

Speaking of fear, Christian put on his big boy pants and finally got the tattoo of his dreams, up and down his forearm. Haven’t seen it yet? Don’t worry, ’cause he’ll show you on the podcast.

Chatting up the House of Cards

Who doesn’t like the House of Cards on netflix? Probably the people who are gonna skip this episode because it is a serious conversation about the most recently dropped and binged through season. There shall be discussion of politics, power, sex, violence, and the double tap of a

Long time HBC Deacon from Georgia, professor of English from Emmanuel college, and co-host of the Christian Humanist podcast Nathan Gilmour joins Tripp for a spoiler filled discussion of the House of Cards. If you haven’t seen the new season don’t cry if we ruin it. If you have enjoy or message the Speakpipe about all the cool stuff we missed or got wrong.

Live in the Twin Cities? Get your free ticket for the live podcast and seminary launch May 1st at 7pm with Philip Clayton. Holla at Tripp and tell you are coming. He wants to connect w/ Deacons.

Check out the Pando Populous Event June 4-7 and join Brian McLaren and I for our track and a live podcast saturday night.

Come join the HBC Community and support this podcast.

Sign up for the Living Option in Christian Theology SUMMER School class this June and July.