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

Sister Simone Campbell, A Nun on the Bus, August 28 – September 3

Religion, social justice, and public life is the tagline for Religion For Life.  The nuns on the bus are at the center of that intersection driving for faith, family and fairness.  Sister Simone Campbell of Network, a National Catholic Social Justice … Continue reading

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Kiran Singh Sirah, International Storytelling Center, August 21-27

Kiran Singh Sirah is the director of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee.  He says his family is a mini United Nations as it is a huge mix of religions and ethnicities.  He believes in the power of story to … Continue reading

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Two Friars and a Fool, Never Pray Again, August 14-20

Here is advice you don’t often hear from clergy:  never pray again!  If you have ever wondered about the point (or pointlessness) of prayer, you’ll find these friars to be fellow travelers.  My guests, Aric Clark, Doug Hagler, and Nick … Continue reading

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Laura George, The Oracle Institute, August 7-13

We are familiar with the War Pentagon on the Potomac.  In Southwest Virginia a building is under construction that could be more powerful, the Peace Pentagon.  Laura George, executive director of The Oracle Institute speaks with me about a fascinating … Continue reading

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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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