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

Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark, July 31-August 6

Author of Leaving Church and An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor takes us on a tour of the dark places in her latest lyrical book, Learning to Walk in the Dark.  She explores real and metaphorical darkness and … Continue reading

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Carrie Newcomer, A Permeable Life July 24-30

Singer/songwriter/poet Carrie Newcomer has a new album A Permeable Life (Facebook).  Accompanying her cd is a book, A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays. She spoke with me on Religion For Life about the cd, songwriting, what she has learned from her … Continue reading

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Dennis Smith, Acts and Christian Beginnings, July 17-23

I continue my conversation about the Book of Acts.   This week I speak with Dennis Smith, New Testament Professor at Phillips Theological Seminary, chair of the Acts Seminar and co-editor of Acts and Christian Beginnings:  The Acts Seminar Report.   … Continue reading

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Joseph Tyson, Acts and Christian Beginnings

Is the Book of Acts in the New Testament history or myth?  For the next two weeks I speak with the two co-chairs of the Acts Seminar, Joseph Tyson and Dennis Smith. For ten years the Westar Institute has evaluated the … Continue reading

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Charles Shingledecker, Freedom to Doubt, July 3-9

Charles “Chuck” Shingledecker cares about religion and about matters of faith.  He cares so much that he is willing to engage in the honest searching tradition of apophatic theology.  The fruit of this search is his book, Freedom to Doubt.   … Continue reading

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Martin Thielen, The Answer to Bad Religion is Not No Religion, June 26-July 2

Fed up with the arrogance, intolerance, and absolutism of religion? Rev. Martin Thielen, pastor of the Cookeville United Methodist Church in Cookeville, Tennessee is too.   But he says that is not what religion has to be.  He makes the … Continue reading

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Thomas Little, The Origins of Southern Evangelicalism, June 19-25

Why is the South so religious?   Why is it the Bible Belt?  To answer that complex question we need to go back to Colonial times before the First Great Awakening.  Dr. Thomas Little is associate professor of history at Emory … Continue reading

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Blaine Schubert, Caves, Fossils, and Evolution, June 12-18

Dr. Blaine Schubert is the Director of the ETSU Museum of Natural History and Gray Fossil Site (Facebook, Twitter) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at East Tennessee State University.    We participated in a panel for Darwin Day … Continue reading

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Brant Rosen, Wrestling In the Daylight, June 5 – June 11

In this fourth of my four-part series on Israel/Palestine I speak with Rabbi Brant Rosen of Jewish Voice for Peace.   The actions of Israel against Gaza in 2008 caused in him a change of heart which in turn made … Continue reading

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Rachel Fish, Schusterman Center, Part 2, May 29 – June 4

This is the third of my four-part series on Israel/Palestine.  I continue my conversation with Rachel Fish, Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israeli Studies at Brandeis University.  She speaks about Zionism Unsettled, the BDS movement, and defends the … Continue reading

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