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

Debbie Blue, Consider the Birds (Classic RFL), March 26-April 1

Debbie Blue is a founding minister of House of Mercy in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She describes it as a “pretty great church.”  She is also the author of Consider the Birds:  A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible.   She … Continue reading

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Reza Alsan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (Classic RFL) March 19-25

“Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild” is not Reza Aslan’s Jesus.  Professor Aslan has discovered a Jesus who is a revolutionary, a zealot, and who had a mission that was political and practical.   Aslan’s book, Zealot:  The Life and Times of … Continue reading

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Lawrence Krauss, A Universe from Nothing (Classic RFL), March 12-18

Physicist Lawrence Krauss talks with me about his new book, A Universe From Nothing:  Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing.    The book arose from the response to this Youtube lecture that has received over a million and one half … Continue reading

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Val Webb, Stepping Out With the Sacred (Classic RFL), March 5-11

Val Webb is a theologian and scientist who beautifully and thoughtfully integrates these two ways of thinking in her work.   She is the author of a number of books including In Defence of Doubt:  An Invitation to Adventure, Like Catching … Continue reading

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Lesley Hazleton, The First Muslim (Classic RFL), February 26 – March 4

As fellows of the Jesus Seminar search for the historical Jesus behind the Gospel and Creed, so Lesley Hazleton searches for the historical Muhammad behind the Qur’an and Hadith.   In 2013 she released, The First Muslim:  The Story of Muhammad and … Continue reading

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James Cone, The Cross and the Lynching Tree (Classic RFL), February 19-25

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries between three and five thousand African-Americans were lynched in the South. They were lynched by white Christians. My guest, Dr. James Cone, the Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at … Continue reading

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Gary Laderman, Sacred Matters (Classic RFL), February 12-18

The fastest growing religious group in the United States is the “nones,” those who claim no religious affiliation.  Does this mean people are no longer religious?  Not so says Gary Laderman, professor of religion at Emory University and editor of … Continue reading

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