Thanks to Tripp Fuller for having us as part of his first-ever Theology Beer camp at the Hatchery Campus in Redondo Beach, CA recently to do our show live with a rotating tap of special guests. Here’s a list of who call joined us for different segments:
What do other religions say about heaven? How about hell? Do the similarities across so many cultures and faiths point to a universal cosmic truth, or does it reveal more about our basic human nature?
After a few pints of heaven at the Homebrewed Theology Beer Camp, I sat down with James Younger, executive producer of the “Story of God” series, hosted by Morgan Freeman on the National Geographic Channel. He showed us an advance screening of their episode on Heaven and Hell, followed by an opportunity to sit down with him face-to-face to pick his brain.
After that, I went across the hall (literally) and grabbed some couch with Barry Taylor, noted eccentric, seasoned theological and cohost of the Story of Godcast, a companion podcast released after each new TV episode. In it, he and Tripp process the show and make broader and deeper connections by digging into their collective nerd-dom over a couple of mics.
And finally, after a muchly (yeah, I said that) mourned absence, Amy returns to hit a few “high” points of the first handful of days in the Trump presidency. Take your dramamine if you’re prone to motion sickness, kids. It’s likely to be a bumpy ride.
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How did someone pull off an $81 million international bank heist? Better yet, how did they do it without anyone hearing about it? Mike Collins, our resident tech expert, explains. A criminal network who had planned on stealing $1 billion, got away with one of the biggest single hauls in history, leaving no trace of the original funds. And despite the elaborate organized crime systems used to do it, they were stopped from stealing more only because – get this – of a typo.
We talk about the disaster in the making that is called “Brexit,” and about whether terrorism is turning us into the very thing that we hate.
Then we talk about stupid shit because it’s what we do.
See you at Wild Goose! Join the CultureCast LIVE with guests Trey Pearson and Tripp Fuller on Friday, July 8th from 5:30-6:30. Giveaways will be gived and beverages will be drink-ded.
Turns out Slim has a sweaty face. But we love him anyway. This leads us to a whole conversation about body images, the privilege of male grossness and if women should embrace their armpit hair. Well, technically I guess that’s impossible but you know…
As we all know, some really tough stuff has gone down lately; this timely sermon by Amy is our interview, talking about how we hold our grief and still rise through it and keep moving ahead.
If a kid falls in a gorilla habitat and everyone plays the blame game, who pays for the tragedy? Well of course, we kill the innocent animal, but aside from that, someone has to pay! We dig into parent shaming, including some of our own humiliating parenting moments. And man, do we have a lot of choose from.
Now that it’s settled who the major political teams have picked for the big showdown, what does it mean to have a woman making history, whether she wins or loses? And why do so many people hate her? There are reasons, we think, but not necessarily the obvious ones we tend to hear all the time.
Finally, after some too-hip-for-school recommendations, Amy fills us in on why we Pacific Northwesterners will also soon be liquified in her Fear of the Week. So yeah, it’s been fun folks, but I guess we’ll be zombie lava monsters soon.
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Join us Saturday evening at 5:30 in North Carolina at Wild Goose Festival for a live CultureCast with special Guests Trey Pearson and Tripp Fuller. And yeah, ignore what Christian says in the episode about the show being on Friday night. That’s when he’s cohosting the Homebrewed Christianity live show with Tripp. Christian is altered most of the time but we like him anyway.
Tripp Fuller, the “Podfather” of the Homebrewed podcast network, is a busy little bee. When he’s not curating a ten-book series or hosting one of five or so regular podcasts, he works with this kind of revolutionary new theological education program out on Redondo Beach called The Hatchery? What is this communal think-tank-cum-seminary a few feet from the sand, you ask? Listen to this episode of the CultureCast and all will be revealed. Tripp also chats up his new show, “The Story of God-cast,” a companion series to the miniseries, “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman,” as well as the first of his ten Homebrewed Christianity books, “Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Jesus: Lord, Liar, Lunatic…or Awesome?”
Yeah, he’s got some things a-happenin’.
In the rest of the show we talk about the all-too-real gender pay gap, as punctuated by a recent dustup in the professional soccer world. Next we pose the question of whether the U.S. government is straight-up inept if they have to outsource to a private company just to break into a single iPhone. I mean…one phone? Then we bust out some other tasty nuggets of goodness, bestow upon you a heaping’ helpin’ of recommendations and your coveted Fear of the Week.
Listen. Learn. Love. And some other Ls I can’t think of at the moment.
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Live shows are always a blast, but the LIVE CultureCast at Wild Goose festival was a new kinda awesome.
First, we chatted with Lisa Gungor about everything from their new three-album project to being judged by fundie fans and the challenge that was 2014 (hint: album one in the three-album set, “This Wild Life,” was inspired by that rather hellacious year). Then her husband, Michael Gungor, jumped on stage with his guitar and they shared two pretty incredible songs from the yet-to-be released album.
And yes, you can hear them here. You’re welcome.
Next, we welcomed Romal Tune, Tony Kriz and Leroy Barber, the other three of the “Four Bald Brothers” along with Christian, to talk about their new folically challenged project. But in no time, we wrangled them all into a game show fellow cohosts Josh Linton and Micky Scottbey Jones called “The Newlywed Game: Just Friends Edition.” Needless to say the brothers were all love and unity until there were points on the line. Then it was on!!!
And since Amy was back in New Mexico enjoying vacation, Christian and company hijacked “fear of the week.” Suffice it to say that these fears, though maybe moderately creepy, demonstrate why Amy’s the queen of all fears.
Thanks to the more than 130 friends who joined us for laughter, music and a cold one under the Justice Tent at this year’s Goose. If you were here right now, we’d give every last one of you a big smooch (well, except for the guy who ‘woohoo’d’ for every single thing on the show. We think maybe he had one too many and we don’t kiss people with stinky beer breath.
And of course, thanks to Phillips Theological Seminary for their ongoing and generous support of the show. In all seriousness, we couldn’t have done this gig without them. So if you’re considering your nudge to do something related to social justice, faith and feminism or straight up congregational ministry. Phillips is a must to check out.
Next up: Columbus Ohio with a two-fer set of back-to-back shows July 20-21. If you’ll be in the area, and especially if you’ll be a part of the Disciples’ General Assembly, come join us for the second night, which hasn’t yet sold out. Guests include Phil Snider, Adam Phillips, Andy Goebel, Andra Moran and Trey Pearson. And we’re super stoked to be doing these as joint shows with the Homebrewed Zen Master, Tripp Fuller. It was awesome.
Gonna be some kinda fun, kids.
After that, kick back with us in Portland, Oregon for another live show at Marmoset Music, one of our favorite venues in town. Our guests will include Wm. Paul Young and local musical favs Del Phoena. And for the first time ever, we’ll have a comedian doing a bit of stand-up for us too. Can’t wait to hear what kind of good grins Nathan Brannon has to drop on us. Oh, and as always, beer.
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