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

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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Brian McLaren, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammad Cross the Road? (Classic RFL) Feb 5-11, 2015

This week Brian McLaren asks an age old riddle.   His new book is entitled, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammad Cross the Road?  Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World.   In this engaging and candid conversation, Dr. McLaren talks … Continue reading

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Alex McNeill, Presbyqueerian (Classic RFL), January 29 – February 4

Two years ago I spoke with Alex McNeill.  At the time he was on at least two journeys. One was a journey to ordination into the ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)  Another journey was a personal journey from female … Continue reading

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Gretta Vosper, Author, Minister, Atheist (Classic RFL), January 22-28

Gretta Vosper is a minister in the United Church of Canada.   She identifies herself as “author, minister, atheist.”   She is a minister at the West Hill United Church in Toronto.  She has written a number of books including … Continue reading

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Paul Verhoeven, Jesus of Nazareth (Classic RFL), January 15-21

Film director, Paul Verhoeven has directed over 16 films including  blockbusters such as Robocop, Basic Instinct, and Total Recall.   He has a new film on the horizon about the historical Jesus!  He has already written the book, Jesus of Nazareth.  … Continue reading

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