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.religionforlife.com

Bart Ehrman, How Jesus Became God, April 17-23

Just in time for Easter, an historian’s look at Jesus and how he was turned into a divine figure by those who believed in him.   Bart Ehrman (Facebook, Twitter) returns to Religion For Life to discuss his new book, How Jesus … Continue reading

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Chris Stedman, Faitheist, April 10 – April 16

Chris Stedman (Facebook, Twitter) is the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and the author of Faitheist:  How An Atheist Found Common Ground with The Religious.   He spoke to me on Religion For Life about coming out, his journey through … Continue reading

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Galen Guengerich, God Revised, April 3 – 9

Religion needs an upgrade.   Galen Guengerich, senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in New York City has authored a book to help religion on its evolving journey.  God Revised:  How Religion Must Evolve in A Scientific Age … Continue reading

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Jasmine Beach-Ferrara and Joe Hoffman, The Campaign for Southern Equality, March 27 – April 2

This week I speak with the executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality (Facebook, Twitter),  Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, and with Joe Hoffman, the senior minister of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Asheville, North Carolina.   The campaign works … Continue reading

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Saloma Miller Furlong, Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two Worlds, March 20-26

This week we explore what it means to be Amish from the perspective of a woman who left the Amish community as a young woman.  Saloma Miller Furlong is the author of Why I Left the Amish and Bonnet Strings: … Continue reading

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Andrew Taylor-Troutman, Parables of Parenthood, March 13-20

What does changing diapers have to do with the Kingdom of God?  Plenty actually!  Andrew Taylor-Troutman, pastor of New Dublin Presbyterian Church in Dublin, Virginia, is the author of Parables of Parenthood:  Interpreting the Gospels with Family. Andrew returns to … Continue reading

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P.J. Fisk, If God Is My Father, Who Is My Mother? March 6 – 12, 2014

Is there a connection between patriarchal religion and gender inequality?  P.J. (Paula) Fisk speaks with me about her journey from a patriarchal religion and “the plight of the female in a predominant male system of religion.”   She is the … Continue reading

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Howard Zehr, Restorative Justice, February 27 – March 5

Howard Zehr, Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University is known as the “Grandfather of Restorative Justice.”   He is the author of several books including, Changing Lenses:  A New Focus for Crime and Justice (Amazon), and The … Continue reading

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Jason BeDuhn, The First New Testament: Marcion’s Scriptural Canon, February 20-26

Marcion is considered the “arch-heretic” of Christianity.  He was said by an ancient critic to have “gnawed” scripture.   He was the first to create a canon of scripture consisting of a version of Luke’s Gospel and eleven letters of … Continue reading

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Shelly Matthews, Acts of the Apostles: Taming the Tongues of Fire, February 13-19

I continue my series on early Christian history.  The New Testament writing, Acts of the Apostles, has functioned as the earliest history of the church.   But at most, it is “idealized history.”   Shelly Matthews of Brite Divinity School speaks … Continue reading

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