Author Archives: johnshuck

About johnshuck

I am the pastor of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, Oregon (Portland Metro). I host a radio show called Religion For Life. I blog at www.shuckandjive.xyz

Michael G. Long, Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers, July 30-August 5

“Fierce” is not a word one would expect to associate with Mister Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  But Michael G. Long author of Peaceful Neighbor:  Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers writes that Fred Rogers was a “fierce peacemaker” and his … Continue reading

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Hemant Mehta, The Friendly Atheist, July 23-July 29

Hemant Mehta is the owner of the largest atheist blog on the web, The Friendly Atheist.   He is the author of I Sold My Soul on eBay, The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide, and The Friendly Atheist: Thoughts on the Role of Religion in … Continue reading

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Peter Rollins, The Divine Magician, July 16-22

I welcome back Peter Rollins to discuss his new book, The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and the Discovery of Faith. Religion is a magic trick promising something at the end of the rainbow (eternal life, certainty, etc.) but … Continue reading

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Nicole Garcia, A Transgender Latina of Faith

Nicole Garcia is seeking ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  When that happens she will be the first transgender woman of color to be ordained in the ELCA.  She speaks with me about her journey from male to … Continue reading

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Alex McNeill, Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians

Nearly three years ago, Alex McNeill was on Religion For Life to discuss two journeys.  His ordination to the ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and his transition from female to male.   Since then, Alex has become the executive … Continue reading

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Nancy Ellen Abrams, A God That Could Be Real, June 25 – July 1

A sage once quipped: “Galileo put God out of a home and Darwin put God out of a job.” In our modern understanding of the universe that requires no “supernatural shenanigans” to operate, is there “anything in the universe worthy … Continue reading

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Rachel Held Evans, Searching For Sunday, June 18-24

Rachel Held Evans is from Dayton, Tennessee, home of the Scopes Monkey Trial.  It is certainly the Bible Belt.  What happens when you grow beyond the beliefs of your church?   Many follow a similar path to New York Times … Continue reading

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