Author Archives: johnshuck

About johnshuck

I am the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tennessee, a progressive community. I host a radio show called Religion For Life. I blog at www.shuckandjive.xyz

Sea Raven, Theology From Exile October 30 – November 5

What is the character of God, violent or non-violent?  Is justice retributive or distributive?   Sea Raven (Twitter) explores these questions and more in her three commentaries on the Revised Common Lectionary, called  Theology From Exile.  Her latest commentary on the … Continue reading

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Bart Ehrman, How Jesus Became God, October 23-30

It is Easter in October!  This is an encore presentation of my conversation with Bart Ehrman.   Professor Ehrman offers an historian’s look at Jesus and how he was turned into a divine figure by those who believed in him.   Bart … Continue reading

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Ruth Taylor Read, Politics, Religion, and Reproduction

Before Tennessee voters are several amendments to the state constitution.   Amendment One will allow the state legislature to make restrictions regarding abortion.   My guest is Ruth Taylor Read.   We talk about politics, reproduction, and religion. Thursday, October … Continue reading

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Presbyterian Church USA Moderator, Heath and Peggy Rada

Dr. Heath Rada was elected moderator of the 221st Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly in June of 2014.   He and his wife, Peggy, are traveling across the country and around the world as ambassadors for the church.   They … Continue reading

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Linda LaScola, Caught in the Pulpit, October 2 -8

This week my guest is Linda LaScola who along with Daniel Dennett, co-authored Caught in the Pulpit:  Leaving Belief Behind.  This book reports on a study of clergy who are no longer believers.   Are these clergy unusual or are … Continue reading

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Bill McKibben, Oil and Honey

Bill McKibben is the founder of 350.org and the author of numerous books regarding our planet in peril, including Eaarth and The End of Nature. He talks to me about his latest book, Oil and Honey: The Education of An … Continue reading

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Thomas Hill, NYU Peacebuilder in Iraq, Sept. 18-24

Dr. Thomas Hill has taken 30 trips to Iraq as a peace builder.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs.  He has been on Religion For Life twice before to speak of his work … Continue reading

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