Truce - History of the Christian Church

By Chris Staron

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Chris G
 Jun 4, 2021
A left leaning podcast. Boldly anti Trump host. Masquerading as a Christian Podcast. I couldn't make it through episode 2.

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Truce is a history podcast about the Christian Church, from pyramid schemes to political campaigns. Is the US a Christian nation? Why do some Christians like Donald Trump? Season three explores how the rise of communism and socialism in Russia changed the American Christian Church. Podcast Magazine says Truce is, "reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell". Truce is hosted by Chris Staron, writer/ director of the films "Bringing up Bobby" and "Between the Walls", and author of "Cradle Robber".

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The Wrong Way to Build a Christian City: Girolamo Savonarola
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Writer, preacher, reformer, martyr. Girolamo Savonarola was an inspiration to Martin Luther and an early martyr for the Protestant Reformation. He’s also a controversial figure – more Old Testament prophet than humble friar. He tried to end the Renaissance, to create a city of God. We can learn a lot from his story today. Our guest Samantha Morris discusses her book Girolamo Savonarola: The Renaissance Preacher and the history of the “mad preacher of Florence”. Her new book is "The Pope's Greatest Adversary: Girolamo Savonarola". Think you could end a movement? Destroy some of the best art ever made? Nearly topple the Italian Renaissance? Of course not, but that’s what one man tried to do at the end of the 1400s. He was a righteous man who fought against the evil of Pope Alexander VI. But he went too far—trying to make the world behave in a godly fashion instead of changing the hearts of Florence. In a time before the Bible was readily available in people’s own languages, Girolamo Savonarola was put to death by the very superstition he tried to defeat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 23, 2021
The Chosen with creator Dallas Jenkins
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"The Chosen" is a hit streaming series about the life of Jesus. It was crowd-funded by small investors. This interview was recorded 2 1/2 years ago at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, but Chris never used the audio. So we're releasing this audio as a bonus while we work on season five. Do you watch the Chosen? What do you think? Contact us on social media at @trucepodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 09, 2021
King Leopold's Ghost (feat. Adam Hochschild)
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast When you think of the world's worst mass murderers, King Leopold II doesn't usually come up. But due to his forced labor practices in the Congo, nearly 10 million people lost their lives. He did this by pretending that his actions in that region were a missionary effort. In reality, he forced Africans to harvest wild rubber or risk having their hands cut off. The truth is even darker than that: it turns out that Leopold was far from the only person doing this. This same era was marked by many major world powers engaging in forced labor. From the US in the Philippines to Arab countries in eastern Africa, much of the modern world was built on forced labor. Author Adam Hochschild joins us for this episode to discuss his book "King Leopold's Ghost". I first heard about this story on the Noble Blood podcast and their episode "The Red Paint on Leopold II". Discussion Questions: Had you heard of King Leopold II before this? Leopold did send missionaries to the Congo. Was that a positive or negative thing for our Christian witness? Did you know that other major countries were engaged in forced labor into WWII? What do you think of the US-backed coup in Congo? Is it okay for the US to get involved in the politics of another nation? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 26, 2021
Christians and the British Slave Trade (feat. Adam Hochschild)
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast The British slave trade had several well-known opponents: William Wilberforce and John Newton (who wrote "Amazing Grace") to name a few. But historian Adam Hochschild ("King Leopold's Ghost", "To End All Wars") argues that history has largely forgotten the most valuable member of the abolition movement: Thomas Clarkson. Clarkson was in charge of gathering and disseminating information across the British Isles. He fought for years to end the slave trade and then slavery itself. This movement is important for many reasons. It was the first to use logos, a coordinated marketing campaign, and it established a high bar for investigative journalism. It was also an ecumenical movement. In this episode we explore slavery, the importance of slave rebellions, the power of ecumenical efforts, and the book "Bury the Chains". I mentioned the so-called Curse of Ham in the episode. Learn more about it here. Helpful discussion questions: Had you heard of Thomas Clarkson before this episode? Do you participate in any cross-denominational movements? Where do you draw the line? Has your church ever participated in anti-racism movements? Was there any wisdom in ending the slave trade first? Why do you think John Newton didn't give up the slave trade as soon as he became a Christian? Was it possible to be a Christian and own slaves? Do you think humanity will ever go back to slavery? Do modern payday loans keep people in bondage in the way that debt kept people in bondage in the 1700s? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
The Cult of MLM
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Multi-level marketing companies have many similarities to cults: They tend to have strong authoritarian leaders They expect you to believe their philosophy They separate you from your loved ones and people who question the MLM They make utopian promises Why don't we think of them as cults? Well, we don't like to think of businesses as being cults. MLM companies and organizations have connections in high places like the White House and the Chamber of Commerce. Robert FitzPatrick joins us once more to discuss his research. He's the founder of www.pyramidschemealert.org and the author of the book Ponzinomics: The Untold Story of Multi-Level Marketing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 28, 2021
The Hidden History of Multi-Level Marketing
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Multi-level marketing (MLM) is a relatively new invention. It was created when a failed vitamin salesman named Carl Rehnborg was out of options. So his wife suggested that he attend a rally by Dale Carnegie, author of "How to Win Friends and Influence People". Once there, he formed a bond that created one of the most profitable predatory financial traps in modern history: multi-level marketing. One that found its legs... in the world of cemetery plots. Our guest in this episode is Robert FitzPatrick. He's the founder of PyramidSchemeAlert.org, a non-profit that tells the truth about pyramid schemes. He's also the author of the excellent book Ponzinomics: The Untold Story of Multi-Level Marketing. Discussion Questions: Do you know someone who sells for an MLM? Have you ever sold for an MLM? Do you think they should be legal? What is market saturation and how does it impact salespeople? Have you ever bought an item that you didn't need just because the salesperson was so good? What can you do to show MLMs for what they are? Has anyone at your church ever tried to sell you on an MLM? How can tying a bad business practice impact how people see Jesus? Helpful Links: PyramidSchemeAlert.org - Robert's Website about MLMs Ponzinomics: The Untold Story of Multi-Level Marketing A Consumer Reports article about vitamins A fascinating history of cemetery plots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
How Do Pyramid Schemes Work? (Rebroadcast)
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast What is multi-level marketing? It is a very popular business model that targets Christians and other people of faith. But… it is almost guaranteed to fail. Because MLM’s and direct sales companies are not designed to sell a product but to sell the business itself. Joining us for this episode is Robert Fitzpatrick. He’s the president of Pyramid Scheme Alert and the author of the new book “Ponzinomics: The Untold Story of Multi-Level Marketing". Also mentioned in the episode is the podcast The Dream. Season one talks in great detail about pyramid schemes. Please be aware that some of the episodes use strong language. Topics covered in this episode: What is multi-level marketing? What is a pyramid scheme? What is a Ponzi scheme? Who are Ponzi schemes named after? Who was Charles Ponzi? Is multi-level marketing the same thing as a pyramid scheme? What is the difference between a pyramid scheme and multi-level marketing and a Ponzi scheme? What is a good book about pyramid schemes? Will I lose money with multi-level marketing? Is Amway considered multi-level marketing? Is Herbalife multi-level marketing? Do pyramid schemes target Christians? Should I join an MLM? Which MLM should I join? Looking for the Amway stats we mentioned? You can find them here: https://pyramidschemealert.org/half-of-amways-products-are-retailed-really-plus-other-wacky-numbers-3/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 31, 2021
Can I Still Love the Church?
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast So many Christians are angry at the Church. Not just the Church but their local churches as well. Producer Chris Staron decided to take a look inside one small congregation to see how Black Lives Matter, COVID, the 2020 Presidential Election, and more have impacted one community. How are people in Jackson, Wyoming responding in a time of dissension and deconstruction in the body of Christ? Special thanks to Ray McDaniel and Karl Klemmer for talking with Chris for this interview. Helpful Links: Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps First Baptist Church Discussion Questions: How have the last few years changed your ideas about the global Church? How have they changed your ideas of your local church? How would you respond if you were the pastor of a local church today and your congregation wanted you to pick a political side? Should pastors speak about politics from the pulpit? Why do we put so much emphasis on messages from the pulpit and discount the ability for congregants to have meaningful conversations on their own? Are you deconstructing your faith? What does that term mean to you? If you are deconstructing your faith, have you removed the local church? The Bible? If so, how has that impacted your faith? Are you open to people who have different opinions? How do you interact with those people? Is it in person? Do you have friends with different opinions than you? How can you get some if you don't? Do you see the Church as a "we" and "us" or as a "them"? Why? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
100th Episode
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Truce usually uses research, music, sound effects, and expert interviews to tell complicated stories about the Christian Church. We've made something like 100 episodes! Our listeners recommended that we celebrate by asking Chris questions submitted by audience members. Special thanks to Melvin Benson of the Cinematic Doctrine podcast for asking the questions! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 03, 2021
The American West: Is It A Sin to Be Wealthy? (featuring Yale Professor Justin Farrell)
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Jackson, Wyoming is a small tourist town in the middle of nowhere. It is just a few miles south of Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone. Millions of people pass through each year as tourists. It's a vacation hotspot. But for those who choose to stay in this region, Teton County is anything but a vacation. Rising income inequality and housing costs have created a hostile environment for working people. The median home price in Jackson went up 47% in 2020 alone, rising to $2.2 million while wages remain stagnant. We've been talking for the last few episodes about myths of the American West, how cowboy myths about a lone rugged individual have shaped the US. Now it's time to understand how cowboy myths have impacted American Christianity. Our guest today is Justin Farrell. He's a sociologist and professor at Yale. His book is Billionaire Wilderness. In it, Farrell recounts his studies of the ultra-wealthy. What makes them tick? What are they afraid of? Why do they dress the way they do? And what draws them to the far western border of Wyoming? Discussion Questions: Read the story of the rich young ruler (Mark 10:17-27). What do you think of Jesus' warning about wealthy people entering the kingdom of God? Many of the tax avoidance practices discussed in this series are legal (except pretending to live in one place while living in another). Do you think that legality and morality are tied together? Are these practices moral? What types of friction do you experience in your own life? How would more money change the level of friction you encounter? How would less money change the level of friction you encounter? Do you think that friction is a valuable thing to pay attention to in our lives? What is the role of empathy in a Christian's life? How do you use money to benefit yourself as opposed to others? Helpful Links: Justin Farrell's book Billionaire Wilderness NY Times article about President Trump changing his residence to get out of paying taxes Book The Velvet Rope Economy about inequalities in health care, airlines, services, and even Disney World. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 20, 2021
Apology for an Inappropriate Ad
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast An ad went out this week for an inappropriate Netflix show. Chris addresses the issue, the solution, and the ever-changing media landscape. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 07, 2021
The American West: Conservation Easements
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Some of the wealthiest people in the world live (or pretend to live) in Jackson, Wyoming. That includes some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Digging into the property tax records, we discovered that one of the most successful actors in film history pays less in property tax than a single mom living on less land. What gives? Why are rich people paying less in property tax than working people? The answer has to do with a thing called a conservation easement. A conservation easement is essentially an agreement between a landowner and the government that says, "I promise I'll keep my property from certain kinds of building projects". In return, the government gives the landowner massive tax benefits on the federal and local levels. In this episode, Chris digs into the history of these instruments to understand what they are and how they are impacting rural Wyoming and the rest of the country. UPDATE: The original version of this episode contained an error that has since been corrected. The original version stated that getting an $800,000 tax deduction was essentially the same as getting an $800,000 refund. That is incorrect. My apologies. Helpful links: Helpful article about conservation easements Excellent pamphlet with information about easements YouTube video about how taxes are assessed Search the Teton County property tax records Discussion Questions What do you think about public land? Do conservation easements seem fair? Are conservation easements a helpful way to preserve the environment or government-sponsored private land? Both? What should Jackson locals do to make the property taxes fair? How do you feel when you learn that taxation practices favor the rich? Are there conservation easements where you live? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 06, 2021
The American West: Johnson County War
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast The myth of the American cowboy features a lone man who makes his fortune on the open plains. He doesn't need the government, and he doesn't need some big corporation telling him what to do. But that myth is far from the reality in the west. Many cowboys worked for large corporate cattle operations. And when those operations were in danger, he relied on the government for help. The Johnson County War started when the Homestead Act of 1862 brought new people to central Wyoming. The area just west of the Big Horn Mountains had been free-range grassland where anyone could let their cattle run free. The large cattle operations loved this setup because it saved them an immense amount of money and infrastructure. The new homesteads threatened their empires because they divided up the land and restricted their access. So the Wyoming Stock Growers Association banded together to send a message: get off our land. They send a murder squad to Johnson County, Wyoming to scare the people of Buffalo with a series of brutal murders. What followed was one of the darkest chapters in Wyoming history. Where big businesses murdered with impunity, aided by the governor and sitting president. Helpful links: The Jim Gatchell Museum in Buffalo, WY The TA Ranch (where the siege took place) Book used for research: Wyoming Range War by John W. Davis Discussion Questions: What role did the Homestead Act play in stirring up trouble in central Wyoming? Is there a character in the story that you identify with? Is there any part of you that sympathizes with the WSGA? How does this story challenge your concept of the American cowboy? What role does the government have in protecting an industry? How do you feel about the government's failure to punish the invaders? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 22, 2021
The American West: Jesus and John Wayne (feat. Kristin Kobes Du Mez)
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast What do you think of when you picture a cowboy? A rugged, handsome individual? A lover? Someone who doesn't need the government's help? Evangelicalism has long pushed this as the ideal model for the Christian man. What is the impact of that set of ideas? John Wayne and Ronald Reagan have both become popular figures in American men's ministries. Their names come up often, they both played cowboys in Hollywood. But they are unlikely heroes. Both men were divorced. Wayne wasn't an evangelical, and Reagan had once been a democrat. But both men were instrumental in whipping up anti-communist sentiment in the US, building credibility with a religion focused on individualism. You can draw a line from them straight to former president Donald J. Trump. All three had questionable public morals but were seen as strong, uncompromising figures. They are seen in many men's books as the epitome of masculinity. That idea, though, comes in contrast with Jesus' own words about turning the other cheek, forgiving our enemies, and loving our enemies. In this episode, Chris talks with Kristin Kobes Du Mez, author of "Jesus and John Wayne: How Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation". Discussion Questions What do you think of when you picture a cowboy? How have you heard cowboys, soldiers, and fighters discussed in evangelical circles? What books have you read that stressed the importance of tough men? What do you picture when you think of a Christian man? How has that been shaped? What do you picture when you think of a Christian woman? How has that been shaped? What is your idea of Jesus like? Is He a warrior, a gentle savior, or both? Can you see the link between the cowboy image and Donald Trump? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 08, 2021
Kaitlyn Schiess and Our Four False Gospels
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Christians throughout history have responded to politics in different ways. In our modern era, it can seem like Christianity and Republican politics are one and the same. But what do we do when the Bible clashes with our political party? What if our economic model leaves no room for the poor? Author and theologian Kaitlyn Schiess joins us to talk about her book, "The Liturgy of Politics", as well as how we can heal as a church. Discussion Questions How have you seen politics and Christianity mixing in the US? Is there are healthy way for Christians to engage in politics? How have your politics informed your ideas of the poor? Do you think that all poor people are lazy? How can your local church reach out to people who look/speak/act differently that you do? How have you see Kaitlyn's four false gospels play out in your life and church? Prosperity Patriotism Security Supremacy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 25, 2021
Jemar Tisby and How to Fight Racism
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Do systems really keep minorities down? Even asking the questions sound socialistic to some. But we need to go through our society to root out systems that breed inequality. But how? Sometimes discussions of racism can make us feel helplessly lost. That's why I called in an expert. Jemar Tisby is a Christian speaker, author of “The Color of Compromise” and “How to Fight Racism”. He's also an important voice in modern America. Even if you don't agree with everything he writes in his books, it's important to hear what he's saying here. What are the systems that separate black and white people? How can we learn to grieve as a people, as a local church, and as a community? Discussion Questions: How can you organize an event at your church (online) to discuss the history of racism in your church, community, schools, and hearts? Have you ever stopped to do a racial autobiography? (my questions, not Jemar's) When was the first time you met someone of a different race? What did your parents teach you, consciously or unconsciously, about race? Have you ever used a racial slur? Why? How did you feel about it then? How do you feel about it now? What is the power of those words? Have you ever been afraid of someone from another race? Why? When? Do you regularly come in contact with people of a different race? How do you feel when you see a police officer? Why might someone else have a different reaction? How did you come to feel that way? Are there distinct, racially divided neighborhoods in your area? How did they get there? Do you ever go to a different neighborhood? Why or why not? Are discussions of race inherently socialistic? Are discussions of class inherently socialistic? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 11, 2021
Takeaway 5: It's Easier to Call People to a Heritage Than A Saving Faith
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Some of the most common feedback I heard about season 3 of Truce is that I didn't give the Christian America camp enough time to back their opinion. In this mini-episode, I discuss my reason for leaving people like David Barton of Wall Builders off of the show. I also play a short clip from Gregg L. Frazer who was on our Christian America episodes. His book is "The Religious Beliefs of America's Founders". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 27, 2021
Takeaway 4: Complexity is Cool
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast At the 2019 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Los Angeles, I had a chance to sit down with Dr. Richard Land. Dr. Land is a man of the company line who mixes Republican thought with Christianity. At this interview, Dr. Land said (off mic) that the reason this generation struggles so much is that we are unwilling to see the issues of our time as black and white. Good vs. Evil. I disagree. I think the opportunity our generation has is that we can finally think of this complex world as complex. This mini-episode is just one of several meant to help sum up season 3 of Truce. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 20, 2021
Takeaway 3: Treat Labor Well
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast A few months ago I produced two episodes about the Christian roots of American labor unions. And... a bunch of people stopped listening to the show. It turns out that many American Christians are conservative and, therefore, anti-union. This mini-episode is the counterbalance to that series. Here we discuss the inefficient practices at General Motors in the 1980s. It was an era where GM slipped from holding over 40% of the market share to 17%. What happened? It's a story of unions, gasoline, and the reasons we treat labor well. Resources used: “Rude Awakening: The Rise Fall and Struggle for Recovery of General Motors” by Maryann Keller "Crash Course" by Paul Ingrassia Discussion Questions: Do you have a bias for or against labor unions? Who do you know who is or was in a union? What is their work ethic? The labor unions in GM in the 1980s were inefficient. Does that make all labor unions inefficient? Does specialization in factories help or hurt in the long run? Do you have a bias for employers or employees? Do you work as unto Christ in your own job? What is the Christian way to work? To employ someone? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 13, 2021
Takeaway 2: Communism as a Scapegoat (feat. Jemar Tisby)
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Season three of Truce has been all about how the rise of communism in Russia impacted the Christian Church. As we approach the end of the season, I want to highlight some of the important takeaways. One of them is that communism can be used as a scapegoat. That is used by some people to get the public to hate or disregard something they don't like. That could be the COVID crisis or Black Lives Matter. Our guest today is Jemar Tisby. He's the author of the New York Times Bestseller "The Color of Compromise" and "How to Fight Racism". He's also a frequent voice on the Pass The Mic Podcast. You can access his Substack email list here. Helpful links: Article about the Wyoming Health Department official who resigned due to his denial of COVID 19. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 06, 2021
Takeaway 1: Think Deeper About the Past
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast MAGA folks look back on the history of the United States and see a golden era: the 1950s. When religion was in the public eye, television and movies were clean, and father came home from work with dinner hot on the table. The trouble is that this vision of the 1950s only existed in our imaginations or if we chose to ignore the world around us. The 1950s were an era of great upheaval, with public monuments to religion being erected at the same time as heavy censorship, McCarthyism, wars, racism, and sexism. For the next few weeks we'll be revisiting themes from season three of Truce to pull out some important takeaway. Takeaway 1: Think Deeper About the Past. Helpful links: The trailer for Secrets of Jonathan Sperry Chris' interview with director Rich Christiano Discussion Questions: What do you think of when you think of the 1950s? When is it okay to remember just part of history, and when do we need to consider the whole picture? What era do people who wear MAGA hats want to return to? In other words, when was America greater than it is now? When you think of your own childhood, what comes to mind? Do world or social issues play into that? How is nostalgia a helpful tool? How can nostalgia shape our memory of the past? Is there an era you wish to return to? What can we do to create a fuller picture of the past when we retell it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 30, 2021
How to Deal With Christian Nationalism
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast The January 6, 2021 riot at the US Capitol demonstrated the dangers of extreme Christian nationalism. When we allow our ideas about God and His protection to overrun the Bible, we get into serious trouble. Now, many Christians are questioning their faith. Why does the Jesus of the Bible look so different from us and our country? In this episode, Chris discusses our strange relationship with the United States. We love it when it affirms us, but we don't know what to do when the US behaves in an evil manner. How do we unify the Church in an era of division? Helpful Discussion Questions: How have you seen the United States tied to Christianity? What do you think people mean when they say the US is a Christian nation? When have you seen the US behave in a Christian manner? When have you seen it wander from Christian principles? Do you follow the Jesus of the Sermon on the Mount, or an economic Jesus? How can you love people in your local church who believe different things about Jesus than you do? Helpful links: You can learn more about the Virginia Law Codes in Rebecca Cox Richardson's book "How the South Won the Civil War". In the episode, I reference that the US provided rebels in Afghanistan with copies of the Koran and VHS bootlegs of the movie "Rambo". You can learn about that in Steve Coll's book, "Ghost Wars" pages 90 and 194-197. Learn about John Adam's day of fasting The Treaty of Tripoli More about Dalton Trumbo "Trumbo" movie trailer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 16, 2021
Skye Jethani and Post-Christian America
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast How should Christians react in a post-Christian society? Many theologians describe our modern era as being post-Christian. Meaning that religion was once public in the United States, and it is slowly disappearing. Is that okay? Is it possible that now is a great time to be doing ministry? In this episode Chris interviews pastor/ author/ podcaster Skye Jethani. He's the author of the book "What if Jesus was Serious?" and co-host of The Holy Post podcast with Phil Vischer. Skye's wisdom for this time helps Christians put today in perspective. Discussion Questions: What is meant by the term "post-Christian"? Do you think we're living in a post-Christian world? How do our environment and culture impact Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount? What does it mean to love our neighbors? Turn the other cheek? Do you agree with Skye when he says that we are to obey our leaders, and yet we are the leaders in the US? If so, how does that impact how you live and work? Have you ever lived in an environment that was non-Christian? How does that differ from a culturally Christian area? Was it easier to do ministry in one over another? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 02, 2021
Is School Prayer Illegal?
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast When did school prayer end? When was school prayer made illegal? American Christians have disagreed about school prayer ever since it was declared illegal in the 1960s by the Supreme Court of the United States. But what were the conditions surrounding that debate? In this episode of Truce, we break down the debate using Justice Hugo Black's majority argument against school prayer. It goes all the way back to the founding of the Church of England when Thomas Cranmer wrote the Book of Common Prayer and helped the king solidify his divorce. Thomas Cranmer was made Archbishop of Canterbury, the highest role in the Church of England. But when Mary Tudor became queen, she executed Cranmer because she was Catholic and he was Protestant. Justice Black's decision hinged on the story of Cranmer. England was thrown into turmoil with every new regent because they could change the religion. The US, he argued, was founded on principles that would keep that from happening. The Establishment Clause of the US Constitution prohibits the government from establishing a religion. So... is school prayer a violation of the Establishment Clause? What do you think? Discussion Questions: Have you ever used prayer as a weapon like Chris did in the locker room for his school play? What are the benefits of prayers that are written down? What are the drawbacks? Do you recite written prayers? Why or why not? Was the Regent's Prayer right in being non-specific about which God it referred to? Do you think your country would benefit from a national religion? What if that religion could be changed over time? Did you ever pray in school? Should we pray in schools? What did you think of Justice Hugo Black's majority opinion which used the example of the Church of England in the 1500s as a reason why we should not have school prayer? Helpful links: One Nation Under God by Kevin Kruse (book used for research) Helpful site about Thomas Cranmer Supreme Court audio of the deliberations for Engel v. Vitale on Oyez.org Justice Black's majority opinion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 16, 2021
Jerry Falwell and Apartheid (feat. Melani McAlister)
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Jerry Falwell Sr. was one of the most outspoken evangelical Christians in the 1980s. He founded Liberty University and the Moral Majority political movement. In 1985 he went on a trip to visit South Africa, which was then engaged in its apartheid practices. That meant keeping 80% of the land for white use only and moving black people to reservations. It was a black majority country controlled by the white minority. Upon his return, Falwell made some controversial statements. Including one that American Christians should not protest South Africa or demand sanctions. Seems crazy, right? But South African guerillas were being funded (in part) by the Soviet Union. The worry that communism would take over South Africa was real. Which of the two evils would Christians choose? Backing an apartheid government, or potentially supporting the Soviet-sponsored rebels? Our guest today is Melani McAlister, author of the excellent book "The Kingdom of God Has No Borders". She is also professor of American Studies and International Affairs at George Washington University. Discussion Questions: What do you think of Falwell's position on apartheid? Do you think the US concern about communism was appropriate? What were Americans afraid of when it came to communism? When in history have you or the Church had to choose between the lesser of two evils? How could that have been handled differently? Helpful Links: C-SPAN video of Jerry Falwell (edited for the show) George Washington University video featuring Melani Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 02, 2021
Town Hall Reminder
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Hello everyone! I'll be hosting two live town halls via Zoom and I'd like you to join me. You can get the links if you join my email list, or if you are a Patreon supporter. Dates and Times: January 28 @ 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific February 2 @ 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific Please note that this event will be recorded. By joining the town hall you are granting me the right to use your voice in an upcoming episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 25, 2021
Exporting Jesus and the American Way (feat. Melani McAlister)
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Melani McAlister, author of "The Kingdom of God Has No Borders" and Professor of American Studies and International Affairs at George Washington University joins us to discuss how we export Christianity. In the 1950s and 1960s, American denominations sent white missionaries to Africa to share the good news. But with them went their bias and racism. This was the era of Jim Crow laws. Some missionaries took those laws to Africa, not allowing black people to eat at their tables. In this episode, we examine the problem of tying the United States to Christianity. When the US makes mistakes or does evil, how does that reflect back on the church? Christian missionaries sometimes export the United States with their messages. What else is going with our missionaries? Discussion Questions: Have you ever been on a mission trip before? What was your motivation for going? Do you think that it is possible to marginalize the people we are trying to witness to? How do you feel about showing pictures of poor people in church presentations? How might that practice encourage churchgoers to marginalize a people group? Do you think poor people in other countries are happier? Is it okay for us to export the American way with the gospel? If yes, then which things should we export? Links: The Kingdom of God Has No Borders An interesting introduction to the British Empire and their withdrawal from colonialism An introduction to the troubles in Congo An NPR article about US-backed rebels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 19, 2021
Town Halls Coming Soon
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Hello everyone! I'll be hosting two live town halls via Zoom and I'd like you to join me. You can get the links if you join my email list, or if you are a Patreon supporter. Dates and Times: January 28 @ 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific February 2 @ 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific Please note that this event will be recorded. By joining the town hall you are granting me the right to use your voice in an upcoming episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 18, 2021
A Christian Response to the Attack on the US Capitol
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When I was a kid, we were playing at a friend's house. I fell and scraped up my knee pretty badly. Dirt and rocks were in the wound. My friend's mom was a nurse, so she got out her medical kit. She did her best to pick out what she could and then showed me her bottle of iodine. Iodine is a strong anti-microbial. Highly effective for cleaning wounds. But, like rubbing alcohol, it stings pretty bad. Pain, she said, is not always a bad thing. Pain is what our body uses to tell us something is wrong. That we need to make a change. If your appendix hurts, it's helpful. Because if they didn't, you'd have no way of knowing that they were going to burst. Sometimes, we need to feel pain. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty raw today. I haven't been able to focus on much. Yesterday, January 6, 2021, a mob of Trump supporters, incited by Donald Trump, stormed the Capitol building in Washington DC. It was an act of terrorism. A coup attempt on US soil. I'm angry. I'm scared. And what hurts the most is to know that evangelical Christians share the blame. We were a big part of his support base. Despite his stirring up rebellion, his lies about everything from the size of his inaugural audience to the shameful claims of a rigged election, his obvious conflicts of interest, racism, sexism, and potentially criminal dealings with Deutsche Bank, many of my people stand by his side. And there is nothing he can do to break that spell. Some Christians will support him no matter what. I started this podcast three years ago for a lot of reasons. There is one big reason, though. I wasn't public about it. I've spent a lot of hours debating whether or not I should tell you. But I started Truce because I think my people, Christians, are headed for persecution. Not because of the Bible. Not because we believe in Jesus, and the world hates Jesus. But because we're acting like children. We worship oligarchs and their money, even though Jesus told us not to. We ignore the poor, even though Jesus commanded us to take care of them. We've acquired a taste for hate, even though the Bible says to love our neighbors. We've sought vengeance when it's clear that vengeance belongs to the Lord. I don't think anyone deserves to be persecuted. Hear that. Nobody deserves persecution. But I think we're building a pretty strong case against ourselves. Christian media will try to put a positive spin on it, say it's not our fault. That the heathens hate Jesus. Know that this is the reason: because we turned our back on our calling in pursuit of power. I probably wounded you in saying that. That's okay. We've grown so used to thinking that we deserve a life free from pain. I want to remind you that pain is not always a bad thing. It tells us when we're bleeding, when we're wounded, when we're sick. I think a lot about the Babylonian's taking over Judah in the Old Testament. God's people acted wickedly generation after generation. So they paid for their wickedness. I won't offer us comfort today. I just won't. Because we won't change until it hurts. Our positive and uplifting media outlets have robbed us of our ability to lament. To grieve. Yes, pray for this country. But if we stop there, we're missing the point. We need to repent, turn from our evil ways, humbly and graciously serve others as Jesus served. Repent. Until we do, let it hurt. Let today hurt. God help us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 07, 2021
McCarthyism Before McCarthy
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Many of us are familiar with Joseph McCarthy and his infamous hearings on Communism in the US government. What we don't know is that McCarthy was far from the first person to use these tactics. In this episode of the Truce Podcast we examine the Rapp-Coudert Committee-- an effort in the New York City school system to root out Communists, Fascists, and Nazis who might be teaching students. In the end, even outspoken Christians participated in this witch hunt, which targeted mostly Jewish teachers and staff. Discussion Questions: Why were Americans so afraid of Communists? Was it against the constitution to withhold rights from people because Rapp-Coudert was just a hearing? What would you have done if you were accused of being a communist? Would you have named names? Why were Jewish people targeted for violence by the Christian Front? Do the actions of one part of a group define the entire group? In this episode, some communists advocated for using schools to teach communism. But, to our knowledge, nobody in the district did that. Yet they were accused of having done so. Who do we scapegoat today in our society? Knowing that the Soviets did have spies working in the US government (like Klaus Fuchs who stole nuclear secrets), what should the government have done to root out spies? Helpful Links: Bad Faith: Teachers, Liberalism, and The Origins of McCarthyism by Andrew Feffer Fatty Arbuckle and the MPAA: episode of the Truce Podcast where we talk about how Christians censored the golden age of cinema The Santa Clause comic strip from the top of the show Smithsonian article about Soviet spies Brief article about the House Un-American Activities Committee Helpful article about the Communist Control Act Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 05, 2021
Positive Memories of 2020
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Give a little money to help support Truce! Details are at www.trucepodcast.com/donate 2020 has been a difficult year for many. I wanted to take a few minutes to discuss things that went well. So I opened up a phone line to collect stories from you, the listeners. Thanks to everyone who submitted their stories! I'll be opening up the phone lines again in another month to collect more listener feedback. Happy New Year and thanks for supporting Truce! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 30, 2020
Christmas Episode Exchange
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast It's time for our second annual Christmas Episode Exchange! Each year I put out a call on the Christian Podcasters Association Facebook page for 5-minute mini-episodes based on the theme of Christmas. Now I'm going to present several of the best from that group. 1) An Endurance Christmas from the Truce Podcast www.trucepodcast.com http://www.facebook.com/trucepodcast http://www.twitter.com/trucepodcast 2. Letters from Home Podcast by Meg Glesener https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/ https://www.Twitter.com/letters_podcast 3. Life, Repurposed Podcast by Michelle Rayburn http://www.liferepurposed.me https://twitter.com/michellerayburn 4. Moments with Moni Podcast by Monika Hardy  https://www.momentswithmoni.com https://twitter.com/Monika_Hardy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 22, 2020
Are Nativity Scenes Illegal on Public Land?
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast The 1983 Supreme Court case Lynch v Donnelly brought church and state together in one important decision. In it, the court decided that a city-owned creche (also known as a manger scene) could remain on private land because it was part of a greater display. It wasn't a stand-alone creche. It was surrounded by Christmas trees, a Santa's village, and more. The diorama could stay because it held no significant religious value. It was, in their words, "ceremonial deism". In this modern era where it seems like religion is slipping away from public life, it's good to stop and ask what we're losing. Do our public displays of piety have any real Christian weight to them in the first place? What are we fighting for if "In God We Trust" doesn't specify which God it's referring to? Supreme Court audio for this episode was used with a Creative Commons License from Oyez.org. The audio was edited from it's original form. Helpful Links: Full Lynch v. Donnelly audio US Treasury article about symbols on money One Nation Under God - book by Kevin Kruse Helpful Slate article about Christmas displays Helpful article about ceremonial deism Ligonier article about Festival of the Booths Pawtucket and the Industrial Revolution Majority opinion on Lynch v. Donnelly from Justia.com Discussion Questions: Where do you see examples of ceremonial deism? What do expressions of ceremonial deism hope to achieve in our society? Does it work? How can we make them better? Do you like seeing God on the money? Why? Where would you like to see more of God in the public square? Where would you like to see less? Should we be more specific in our public displays? Do you think the manger scene can be both religious and non-religious? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 08, 2020
The American Coup in Guatemala
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast In 1954 the United States government, led by Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, staged a coup to oust President Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala. For what reason? To help the United Fruit Company. United Fruit was a giant company, capturing over 90% of the market in its heyday. The juggernaut found President Arbenz to be a nuisance when his agrarian reform meant they would be paid for some of their unused land, which would be given to peasants. With the help of powerful friends like Allen Dulles (the Director of the CIA), the United States staged a coup, installing Castillo Armas in his place. All of this took place while the USA was busy framing itself as a Christian nation. What does that mean for the Christian Church today? Are we a nation that supports that kind of behavior? Our special guest for this episode is Stephen Schlesinger, co-author of the excellent book "Bad Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala". Discussion Questions: What threat did President Jacobo Arbenz pose to United Fruit? United Fruit owned many utilities in Guatemala from the trains to telephone lines. How would you feel if our utilities were owned by foreign entities? If they controlled our natural resources? Do you think the land reform deal was a good one for their country? Were people like John Foster Dulles right to overthrow Arbenz? How might it have benefited them to do so? In what way could the actions of the US in the 1950s reflect poorly on Christianity domestically and abroad? It has been argued that American consumers benefit when Latin American and African countries are thrown in disarray. It means cheaper diamonds, gold, rubber, and more while also stranding the people in those countries in poverty. Does it bother you that you may be benefiting from unbalanced countries? Do you find the assumption that we are benefiting to be offensive? Why? Is there anything we can do about it? Sources: "Bad Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala" by Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer CIA Document profiling Arbenz YouTube clips of a documentary on the Guatemalan coup Then Vice President Nixon talking with Armas after the overthrow Statistics on Fruit Financial Times article about United Fruit Book "One Nation Under God" by Kevin Kruse (for the bio info on the Dulles brothers) Peurifoy's cable to Washington President Arbenz's farewell speech List of governments that the US has overthrown Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 24, 2020
Billy Graham v. Communism (feat. David Aikman)
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Billy Graham may have been the most important evangelist of the 20th century. His words were heard by millions of people around the world. He preached in person, on television, magazines, radio, and film. His impact is still felt today. He is also one of the people most responsible for tying Christianity, Capitalism, and the United States. But his legacy didn't stop there. While he denounced communism, he went to great lengths to ensure that communists had access to the gospel too. Our guest this episode is David Aikman, author of "Billy Graham: His Life and Influence". Discussion Questions: Is Jesus' message individualistic, collectivist, or something in between? If the majority of a nation's citizens say they are Christians, does that make it a Christian nation? Does hobnobbing with the wealthy and politically connected occasionally backfire? Like, say, when you've come out backing Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal as Graham did? Is it possible to cross political and theological lines today in order to spread the gospel? When do we prioritize the gospel over social issues and when do we have to put our foot down? When do you walk out into the stadium and take down the ropes that divide us and when do you leave the ropes where they are? Helpful Links: Graham sermon "A Way of Life" from this episode. Newsreel of his 1949 crusade Truman's statement on the Soviets having the bomb Decision Magazine article about Graham's crisis of faith The Evangelicals by Frances Fitzgerald One Nation Under God by Kevin Kruse Topics Discussed: Billy Graham's evangelistic efforts in Romania, Hungary, and China Was Billy Graham anti-communist? Billy Graham's sermons Liberal Christians Was Billy Graham a fundamentalist? What is the difference between fundamentalist and mainline churches? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 10, 2020
We Want a King
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast What do American Christians really want in the Trump era? I think that we just want representation. We want someone to stand for us, to fight out battles. But that gets tricky. There is a story in the Old Testament that gives us some clues about how that temptation can hurt us in the end. Discussion Questions: Have you ever received a gospel tract? What was your reaction? What kind of information do you think is essential on a tract? Have you ever received a tract for a different religion? How did that make you feel? How did you know it was from a different religion? Is it okay for corporations to evangelize? What are the risks of that? The benefits? Are capitalism and Christianity the same thing? If so, where does it say that in the Bible? Does it feel threatening to question the connection between capitalism and Christianity? Why? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 27, 2020
Rebrodcast: Why Does Donald Trump Appeal to Evangelicals?
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast This was one of our first ever episodes! We're rebroadcasting it today because the 2020 US Presidential election is upon us. One of the questions that keeps coming up is: why does Donald Trump appeal to white evangelical Christians? This episode was produced three years ago, so it may sound a little different, but the information is still relevant to today. President Trump has made it pretty clear that he does not know the basic tenants of Christianity. So why do we say that he is one? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 20, 2020
The Ad Council, CIA, and Christian America (feat. Wendy Melillo)
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast The CIA, big business, and the Ad Council worked together to create the America that we know and love today. Together, they bonded our ideas of patriotism, capitalism, and religion. But not many of us know who the Ad Council is. Sure they created Smokey Bear, the Crash Test Dummies, and the Crying Indian ads... but who are they? Wendy Melillo, author of "How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America: A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns" and professor at American University, joins us to discuss her research into the Ad Council. Helpful Links: Religion in American Life Video Ad Wendy Melillo's fascinating lecture on her book The creepy "Why?" ad we referenced in the episode Ad Council's own history website Discussion Questions: Have you ever been impacted by advertising? How did it make you feel? Does it matter where our ads come from? Even public service announcements? How do you feel about the CIA paying for ads to impact Americans? Should responsibility for big problems like plastic waste fall on individuals, big corporations, or both? Do you think the Bible says anything about one economic model over another? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 13, 2020
Rebroadcast: Fatty Arbuckle and the MPAA
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Did Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle murder Virginia Rappe? That questions defined the film industry for thirty years. Upset with Hollywood's moral failures, Christians demanded changes. We took over, fighting until the studios decided to censor themselves. This special episode of Truce ties into our last episode with Abby Johnson of the Unplanned movie. This episode explores: * Who was Fatty Arbuckle? * Who was Virginia Rappe? * Did Fatty Arbuckle murder Virginia Rappe? * What is the MPAA? * What started the Motional Picture Association of America? * Did Christians really censor the golden age of films? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 06, 2020
Marketing Christian Libertarianism
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Donate to help keep Truce going. Visit www.trucepodcast.com/donate for information James Fifield was a pastor, radio personality, publisher, and outspoken libertarian. He hated the New Deal and its restrictions. His organization, Spiritual Mobilization, created a marketing campaign that would bond Christianity to capitalism and the United States for decades to come. Also... you know those Ten Commandments monuments all over the country? Well, it turns out that many of them were built to advertise for one of the highest grossing movies of all time: Cecil B. Demille's "The Ten Commandments". Helpful links: List of Ten Commandments monuments placed by the Eagles Ten Commandments trailer featuring Cecil B. Demille One Nation Under God by Kevin Kruse The Evangelicals by Frances Fitzgerald Discussion Questions: Is it creepy when corporations tell people how to behave? Do you like it when companies tie religion to business? Is Christianity an individualistic religion? A collectivist one? Neither? Both? Does Leviticus 25:10 mean that we have a right to liberty? Or does it mean something else? Should monuments to the 10 Commandments be allowed on public land? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 29, 2020
The National Prayer Breakfast and The Family
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast When strikes broke out in the 1930's, some wealthy members of the US elite got together... to pray. One of the organizers of prayer groups across the country was Abraham Vereide. In this episode of Truce we tell the story of how Vereide became one of the most influential non-elected men of his time... and how his movement took a dark turn as revealed in Netflix's The Family. Contributed Voices (not all were used): Sharon Campbell - All God's Women Podcast Shea and Michelle Watson - The Pantry Podcast Annie Quinnell - The Unstoppable Solo Mom Podcast Tim and JK Winders - Seek Go Create Podcast Holland Webb - The Afterword Podcast Markus Watson - Spiritual Life and Leadership Podcast Discussion Questions: When is it an appropriate time for a labor strike? How bad do things have to get before a strike can shut down the economy? Is there a Christian perspective on labor strikes? Is there anything wrong or creepy about Christian businessmen praying to end a strike? Do you think the National Prayer Breakfast is an event focused on piety? Read Matthew 6 in the Bible. What do you think it means for public prayer? Jesus prayed in public. Is all public prayer wrong, or just some of it? Where is that line? Vereide's legacy created "The Family", a shadowy organization that tries to create male Christian leaders. Is this good, bad, creepy, or some combination of the three? "The Family" is focused on male leaders. Why do we struggle as Christians to let women lead? Helpful Links: One Nation Under God by Kevin Kruse Britannica article about The Family History of the Prayer Breakfast 90% of Everything - book about shipping containers Crash Course - Great book about unions and the US auto manufacturers Helpful history of the San Fransisco and Seattle strikes and Bloody Thursday YouTube video of West Coast during the strikes "The Family" - the Netflix "documentary". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 15, 2020
An Evaluation
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast In this bonus episode, host Chris Staron does his best to quiet fears about where Truce is headed. Is this show pushing a political motive? What about an economic system? Nope. Truce is about exploring our past in order to make us better. The goal is to remain orthodox and a-political. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 08, 2020
The New Deal (feat. Justin Rosolino)
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Partner with us by donating at: www.trucepodcast.com/donate Many Christian leaders came to hate the New Deal, especially libertarians. Their opposition to the New Deal as creeping socialism sparked the National Prayer Breakfast, some of Billy Graham's speeches, and the bonding of capitalism to Christianity and the US. So we should probably know what the New Deal was! Our guest this episode is Justin Rosolino. He's a high school history teacher and the author of the book "Idiot Sojourning Soul". You can find pictures of Chris' 50 mile New Deal Bike Tour on the website at www.trucepodcast.com. Helpful Links: FDR's Inauguration Speech on C-SPAN Interesting YouTube video about the causes of the Great Depression Topics Discussed: What was the Social Gospel? Who was Franklin Roosevelt? What was the New Deal? The Civilian Conservation Corp The Works Progress Administration Jenny Lake - Grand Teton National Park Unemployment We're focused on making Truce the best Christian podcast on the market. Partner with us by donating at www.trucepodcast.com/donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 01, 2020
Is the Church with Workers? (feat Heath Carter)
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Does the church represent working-class people or are we too focused on the wealthy? During the Industrial Revolution many saw churches as clubs for rich people. So working folks formed their own churches, unions, and organizations. In this episode Heath Carter, professor at Princeton and author of "Union Made" and "The Pew and the Picket Line", talks labor. Helpful Links: Rerum Novarum - the decree by the Pope about labor Interesting video featuring Heath Carter The Evangelicals by Francis Fitzgerald One Nation Under God by Kevin Kruse Topics Covered: Are labor unions Christian? What is Christian socialism? Were the apostles socialists? Does the book of Acts demonstrate socialism? What does James 5 say about the wealthy? What does the Bible say about work? What does the Bible say about asking for a raise? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 18, 2020
The Pew and the Picket Line (feat. Heath Carter)
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Donate to support the Truce Podcast at www.trucepodcast.com/donate The United States and Russia ran along parallel tracks in the late 1800s and 1900s. Both were empires. Both were tangled in war. Both were feeling the weight of the Industrial Revolution. But they divided in how they would deal with labor. That critical difference changed the history of the world. In this episode, Professor Heath Carter of the Princeton Theological Seminary starts the first of a two-episode conversation about Christianity and labor. Mr. Carter is the author of Union Made and editor of books such as The Pew and the Picket Line. Helpful Links: Heath Carter on Twitter New York City in 1903 video (Library of Congress) Interesting video of Heath Carter talking about labor Article about the Native American from the top of the show Topics Discussed: Do Christians support unions? The F. Scott Fitzgerald quote about first-rate intelligence and two ideas Working conditions in the 1800s in Chicago Pew rents How do churches make their money? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 04, 2020
$12,400
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Would you like to help support the Truce Podcast? You can learn how at www.trucepodcast.com/donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 28, 2020
Spiritual Life and Leadership
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Is the United States a Christian Nation? How has communism impacted the American Christian Church? In this bonus episode, we're playing an episode from the Spiritual Life and Leadership podcast from Markus Watson. Markus is the author of "Beyond Thingification: Helping Your Church Engage in God’s Mission". We'll be back in two weeks with a normal, fully produced episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 21, 2020
The Case Against the Pledge
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast In 1940 the Supreme Court of the United States made a historic decision: that all schoolchildren should stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Minersville School District v. Gobitis set precedent for three years. Walter Gobitas, a Jehovah's Witness, did not want his children saluting the flag. In this bonus episode, we discuss the Gobitas case and questions surrounding patriotism and religion. Our guest in this episode is Professor Charles Dorn of Bowdoin College. His books are Patriotic Education in a Global Age and For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 14, 2020
Your Youth Group Trip Was Cancelled - Now What?
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Your youth group trip to South America was cancelled... now what? There are still important ministries that need your help. Truce is raising $25,000 to make this show my full time job. This mission reaches anywhere there is an Internet connection. And we're asking really big questions that will protect our Christian witness. You can give using a credit card at: www.trucepodcast.com/donate or send a check to: Chris Staron PO Box 3434 Jackson, WY 83001 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 07, 2020
The Pledge of Allegiance (Featuring Charles Dorn)
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Donate to help keep Truce going! Who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance for the United States? On this episode of Truce, we examine the conditions under which the Pledge was written and Francis Bellamy, the man responsible for our famous creed. Along the way we learn about Bellamy's belief in Christian Socialism, the Social Gospel, and Charles Sheldon's book "In His Steps". Even though it is one of the most popular works of fiction in history, it's filled with controversial stuff. Our guest this episode is Professor Charles Dorn of Bowdoin College. His books are Patriotic Education in a Global Age and For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education in America. Helpful Links: Additional voice over work done by Cale Nelson and his family. He's the host of the Modern Christian Men Podcast Helpful article by Charles Dorn Complete text of "In His Steps" by Charles Sheldon Britannica article about Social Gospel Gospel Coalition critique of "In His Steps" Subjects covered: Is patriotic education okay in public schools? When did US flags first appear in schools? Who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance? When was the Pledge of Allegiance written? When did they add "under God" into the Pledge of Allegiance? What is Christian socialism? Where does the phrase WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) come from? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 03, 2020
Truce Needs Your Support
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Do you love the Truce Podcast? Be a part of supporting the show by giving to keep the show going. You can send a traditional check (made out to Chris Staron) to: Chris Staron PO Box 3434 Jackson, WY 83001 Or donate online using a credit card at: https://trucepodcast.com/donate/ Please note that Truce is not a non-profit and money given to us cannot be deducted on your tax returns. We did this on purpose. 90% of Americans do not benefit from write offs like those given to non-profits because the standard deduction is so high. Non-profits only benefit the wealthy. We want to try to finance this show through normal people. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 01, 2020
Empire: The Game!
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast We've spent the last several weeks asking the question: "Is the United States an empire?" Now we want to go even deeper: "Is empire always a bad thing?" So we invented a game that will explore that question. It's Capture the Flag... with resources. Topics discussed: Is empire always a bad thing? How can the US use resources to build alliances? Is the US a Christian nation? How should Christians treat resources? The US has over 800 military bases. Would we want a foreign military base in or near our land? Should Christian resist burglars? Would we want a Chinese military base in the US? How do we treat countries with less important resources? Truce is listener supported. Find out how to help at www.trucepodcast.com/donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 23, 2020
Home of the Forgotten
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast The United States, a "Christian" nation, has a bad habit of forgetting its own people. Really. We'll prove it to you! We forget that the territories are a part of our country. Why does that matter? It impacts if/when they can vote and allows us to withhold federal aid. That matters! What happens when a "Christian nation" ignores its own people? Our guest this episode is Daniel Immerwahr, author of the book "How to Hide an Empire" and an associate history professor at Northwestern University. In his book, he argues that the United States has been an empire since it's inception. Special thanks to: Stand up comedian Nick Staron Helpful Links: FDR's "Day of Infamy" speech Topics Covered: Is the United States an Empire? Can Puerto Rico vote in congress? Can Puerto Rico vote for president? Can American Samoa vote for president? Who was bombed on December 7, 1941? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 09, 2020
Teddy Roosevelt and the Guano Islands
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Donate a little to help the show on either Patreon or Paypal Remember to post #nowherenearcuba this week! When we were done conquering the west, done warring with Mexico, done fighting Native Americans, we looked out across the Pacific Ocean and said... "huh... I wonder what's over there?" The truth is that the United States is an empire. We accomplished that by fighting wars and by seeking out resources. In the 1800's the United States faced a very real problem: we were running out of nitrogen. Not in the air. There is plenty in the air. We were losing it in our soil. Plants need nitrogen. Where were we going to get it? The answer we came up with was: bird poop. It's rich in nitrogen and makes a great fertilizer. The trouble is that we didn't have any way to get large quantities of it. Until American businesses took over islands off the coast of our country. This is the story of greed, a different kind of slavery, a Supreme Court battle, and the worst job in the 1800's. Our guest this episode is Daniel Immerwahr, author of the book "How to Hide an Empire" and an associate history professor at Northwestern University. In his book, he argues that the United States has been an empire since it's inception Special thanks to: Stand up comedian Nick Staron Paul Hastings of the Compelled Podcast Angel McCoy of Angel Reads the Bible Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 26, 2020
How to Hide an Empire (featuring Daniel Immerwahr)
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Donate a little to help the show on either Patreon or Paypal Please fill out our listener survey here: https://forms.gle/G5euVtM3JistChuz7 What do you think of when you hear the word "empire"? Maybe Great Britain? The Soviet Union? The Mongols? Sure. But what if I told you that the United States is also an empire. And always has been. Our guest this episode is Daniel Immerwahr, author of the book "How to Hide an Empire" and an associate history professor at Northwestern University. In his book he argues that the United States has been an empire since it's inception. We claimed lands owned by native peoples, and then expanded into places like the Philippines, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska, and more. This is the story of war, greed, resources, and tragedy. Helpful Links: We recorded some the games in this episode at the Spark Christian Podcast Conference A lecture from Daniel regarding his book We received help from these artists: Stand up comedian Nick Staron (Napoleon) Holland Webb of the Afterword Podcast Angel McCoy from Angel Reads the Bible Colleen and Danny from Fitness at Houston's First Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 12, 2020
Is the US a Christian Nation?
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Is the USA a Christian nation? There are a lot of people who argue that it is. And a lot of others who say that it is not. Which is it? What do we gain by calling it a Christian nation? Our guest this episode is Dr. Gregg L Frazer, author of The Religious Beliefs of America's Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution and God Against the Revolution: The Loyalist Clergy's Case Against the American Revolution. Donate a little to help the show on either Patreon or Paypal Our "Would You Rather Questions": Would you rather make a hundred thousand dollars a year working for the mob, or be married to the best looking person on earth who cheats on you? Would you rather sell something benign like corn to Iran or be Vladimir Putin's personal barber? Would you rather go to a church where the senior pastor is always getting into Twitter fights, or one where the youth pastor is always starting gossip? Helpful links: Roy Browning's videos about being a dad on Youtube Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptist Association The Pencils and Lipstick Podcast Revived Thoughts The Grace Over 40 Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 28, 2020
Is Revolution Biblical?
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Was the American Revolution biblical? There are lots of people who argue that the United States is a Christian nation. But our nation is founded on revolution. The Bible is clear that we are to obey our leaders. How do we reconcile the fact the Revolution was not a Christian act with the assumption of a Christian nation? Our guest this episode is Dr. Gregg L Frazer, author of The Religious Beliefs of America's Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution and God Against the Revolution: The Loyalist Clergy's Case Against the American Revolution. Donate a little to help the show on either Patreon or Paypal Special thanks to those who contributed their voices to this episode including: Paul Hastings of the Compelled Podcast, Eric Nevins of Halfway There, Angel McCoy of Angel Reads the Bible, and Bonnie Burns from Sex Chat for Christian Wives. Helpful Links: Live Free or Die image Jonathan Mayhew sermon Library of Congress article about the importance of religion to the American Revolution Romans 13 1 Peter 2:13-14 Galatians 5 Topics: Who was Jonathan Mayhew? Were the Founding Fathers Christians? Is the US a Christian nation? What does the Bible mean when it says we are supposed to obey our leaders? Does God back the US? What makes a nation Christian? The Roman emperor Nero King George Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 14, 2020
Faith of the Founding Fathers (featuring Dr. Gregg L. Frazer)
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Were the founding fathers of the United States Christians or Deists? That question has been at the heart of a debate that comes up all the time in the Church: is the United States a Christian nation? Our guest for this episode is Dr. Gregg L Frazer. He's the author of The Religious Beliefs of America's Founders and God Against the Revolution. Donate a little to help the show on either Patreon or Paypal Helpful links: Jefferson's letter about his beliefs Searchable database of founding father documents John Adam's diary entry from Feb 13, 1756 Topics discussed: Were the founding fathers Deists or Christians? Was George Washington a Christian? Was John Adams a Christian? Was Alexander Hamilton a Christian? Was Thomas Jefferson a Christian? What does the Constitution say about God? What did Christians believe in the 1700's? Did Benjamin Franklin build churches? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 30, 2020
Why Are We Covering This? A Conversation with Eric Nevins
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Are you curious about why Truce is covering the topics that it is? Wondering where this thing is going? We've heard you! In response to the confusion of our audience, we've put together this special interview episode to answer some of your questions. Chris is joined by Eric Nevins, host of the Halfway There podcast. Would you like to see Eric's review of Truce in Podcast Magazine? Click here to learn more. The review will come out March 30, 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 27, 2020
Godless Utopia (featuring Roland Elliott Brown)
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast In Russia during the Soviet era, hundred of posters and magazine covers were printed to encourage people to abandon their faith. They were state-sponsored and designed to be interpreted even by people who could not read. This propaganda clearly tied anti-Christian sentiment to the United States. In his new book, Godless Utopia, Roland Elliott Brown collected a number of these images and provided commentary on their meaning. What does it mean that we call the United States a Christian nation? What does it mean when presidents like Ronald Reagan merge their faith with the US? How does that impact our witness? These are questions we'll continue exploring throughout this series. Donate a little to help the show on either Patreon or Paypal Helpful links: You can view images from the book here. Please note that some of these images may not be appropriate for all eyes. Watch the whole "evil empire" speech here. Article about Ruth Snyder, the first woman to be sent to the electric chair Roland's article about Soviet propaganda (see page 18) Mobituaries podcast episode about lynching and D.W. Griffith's film "Birth of a Nation" Topics covered: What did soviet propaganda look like? How did Stalin use the Orthodox church to fight in WWII? What was Ronald Reagan's "evil empire" speech? Is it okay for US Presidents to speak at Christian events? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 17, 2020
Pioneer 1
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast How strong was the soviet mythology? Strong enough to make a young boy turn in his own parents. At least... that's what the communist government of Russia wanted their people to believe. They created a myth around a boy named Pavlik Morozov who they deemed Pioneer 1. Select Sources: https://www.britannica.com/topic/collectivization https://www.rbth.com/history/329601-demon-or-hero-morozov https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/1450370/Squalid-truth-of-Stalins-little-martyr-killed-for-informing-on-his-father.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 03, 2020
Vladimir Prokhnevskiy: Christian Refugee from Ukraine
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Vladimir Prokhnevskiy moved to the United States as a Christian refugee from Ukraine. He and his family left that country after enduring oppression from their governments. He spoke with Chris about what it was like to live in such poverty, how his father was threatened with work in Chernobyl, and how a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child impacted his life. Vladimir and his twin brother own Ukramedia, a company that teaches people to make motion graphics. You can watch this video about their lives and work. It was a thrill to talk with Vladimir. Please consider supporting this show so that we can continue to make these episodes. You can donate via our Patreon or Paypal pages or at trucepodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 25, 2020
Religious Persecution Under the Soviet Union
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast After the fall of the Romanov dynasty, Russia fell into the hands of the Bolshevik political party. They led the country into one of the darkest chapters in world history when religious people and dissidents were targeted, imprisoned, and murdered. This history is hard to hear but important for us to know. Our special guest this episode is Felix Corley of www.forum18.org. In this episode, we discuss why Vladimir Lenin persecuted Christians and how Joseph Stalin instituted a policy of fear in the Soviet Union. Helpful Links: Forum 18 Article about the poem "First They Came" The Gulag Archipelago by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn An interesting article about former Soviet countries Topics discussed: Why did Vladimir Lenin hate Christians? Persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia Persecution of Muslims in Russia How many people did Joseph Stalin kill? Nikita Khrushchev Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 18, 2020
The Rise of Lenin and Stalin
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast When the Russian tsars fell, they left a power vacuum. Who would rule Russia after the Romanov dynasty? The Bolshevik's rose to power, led by Vladimir Lenin. Lenin immediately began persecuting anybody he didn't like. In this episode, we'll examine the dark realities behind the Russian revolution: how it started with good intentions but ended with the death of millions. We'll also see how a culture of fear and suspicion held the nation captive. Our guests today are Professor Barbara Engel (author of "Russia in World History"), and Roland Elliott Brown (author of "Godless Utopia"). This is part of our series examining how the rise of communism in Russia impacted the Christian church. Check out the rest of season three for more information. We're working hard to make Truce the best Christian podcast on the market. Please rate and review the show! FACT CHECK NOTICE: Genghis Khan, who I did not mention in the episode, is in the running for having murdered the most people in history. I discovered this fact after the episode had been completed. Sorry! Topics covered: How did Vladimir Lenin come to power? How did Stalin come to power? How many people did Stalin kill? (20-25 million) Is communism bad? What was the Soviet Union? How did the Soviet Union begin? Who were the Bolsheviks? Why do some people like Stalin? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 04, 2020
What is the Difference Between Communism and Socialism?
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast What is the difference between communism and socialism? They get used interchangeably in our culture, but do they really mean the same thing? In this episode, we'll give a textbook definition of each and then see how those ideas change in the wild. Our guests today are my friend Brian Faehnrich, Professor Barbara Engel (author of "Russia in World History"), and Roland Elliott Brown (author of "Godless Utopia"). The basic difference between communism and socialism is where the profit goes: In communism, the profits go to the government In socialism, the profits can go to the people Also, communism is inherently atheistic, in keeping with the vision of Karl Marx. Topic Covered: What is the difference between communism and socialism? Who was Karl Marx? Who invented communism? What was the first communist country? (Russia) How did Vladimir Lenin rise to power? Does communism work? Is communism a utopian idea? What did Karl Marx have against the Christian church? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 21, 2020
History of The Russian Church
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast "We did our best, but it turned out as it always does". Kind of a dark statement, no? It is a popular Russian phrase that kind of encapsulates the spirit of Russian history. People who try hard to make a change, but that change is not exactly great. In this episode of the Truce Podcast, we spoke with Jennifer Eremeeva, author of the excellent book, "Have Personality Disorder, Will Rule Russia" about the history of the Russian Christian church. Christianity came to Russia by sword point. It started out as a pagan culture, heavily influenced by the Vikings. When Vladimir, ruler of ancient Moscow, wanted some of the treasures of the Byzantine empire, he had a couple of options. He could invade and capture them, or he could make a trade deal. He tried both, but it didn't quite work out. As part of the peace deal, the Byzantine empire offered him a bride and trade if he converted to Christianity. So he did. Then Vladimir forced his kingdom to convert to Christianity or face death. This means that Russian held on to their pagan ancestry and co-mingled it with their new Christian faith. But that's not the end of the journey! Their shared faith became a bonding opportunity when the Mongols invaded. The church was their hub, the thing that connected them to all of the disconnected parts of Russia. After the Mongols left, things settled down for a bit. Until the Orthodox church showed up. You see, when the Byzantine empire fell to Muslim forces, the Orthodox church needed a new home. So Ivan brought them to Moscow. Now Moscow is home to one of the largest branches of Christianity in the world - the Russian Orthodox church. From sword point to housing one of the largest branches of the faith, Russia has a varied history with Christianity. Listen to this episode to get the full story. Sources and links: Have Personality Disorder, Will Rule Russia - book by Jennifer Eremeeva Stephen Mansfield interview featured in this episode Five Minute Bible Hour video about the Orthodox Church Topic Discussed: How did the Russian Orthodox church begin? Who was Prince Vladimir? When did the Mongols enter Russia? Who was Ivan the Great? Why is the Russian church associated with paganism? What is a good primer on Russian history? The fall of the Byzantine Empire How did Moscow become the capital of Russia? Why do we like dark jokes? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 07, 2020
A Russian Christmas
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Christmas and New Years can be a stressful time for us. But what if you had to celebrate two Christmas' and two Years'? Our special guest Jennifer Eremeeva (author of Have Personality Disorder Will Rule Russia) is an American married to a Russian. Each year they have the potential of four holidays in less than a month. But why? The confusion has to do with a discrepancy in calendars. It turns out that the old Julian calendar, which is used by the Russian Orthodox Church, is several days different than the Gregorian calendar that we use. This has to do with an old disagreement between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. Subscribe to Truce so you'll get every new episode as it is released! Donate here to keep Truce going! Herring Under Fur Coat: This recipe is pretty simple, but it may take a few hours to make so do this one in advance. Ingredients: 1 jar of mayonnaise (squeeze-able is easiest) 3 medium size beats (peeled) 4-5 carrots (peeled) 1 large potato (peeled) 1 jar of pickled herring 1 bag of grated cheddar cheese 1 bunch of fresh green onions 1 jar of pickles Cooking Instructions: Peel the beats, carrots, and potato then put them on boil for an hour. Yes, it will look like blood and the beats will dye the other veggies. While the vegetables are boiling, open the pickled herring (if in a jar). Remove any bones. Dice. Keep refrigerated until it is used. After the vegetables are boiled, grate each of them separately with the small holes. On a pie plate make a mound with the potato. Spread it out to the edges of your plate. Cover the potato with the following layers: mayo, pickled herring, green onions, mayo, carrots, mayo, pickles, beats, mayo, grated cheese. Place the whole thing in the refrigerator and let it sit for 2-3 hours before consuming. Overnight is okay too. The whole thing will turn a light pink color. Serve it like any other dip with veggies, crackers, or tortilla chips. Other Sources Russian Christmas blog post - Dividing My Time Jennifer Eremeeva blog post - Is This Christmas? Britannica article on the Julian Calendar Topics Discussed: Why is the Orthodox church on a different calendar? What are the differences between the Julian calendar and the Gregorian calendar? What is Christmas like in Russia? What unique dish should I make for Christmas? Russian food Why did Pope Gregory establish the Gregorian calendar? Who created the Julian calendar? Russian history Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 24, 2019
Christmas Episode Exchange
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Merry Christmas! As a bonus, we are featuring some stories from the Christian Podcasters Association Christmas Episode Exchange. Each person in the group was allowed to submit a 5-minute mini-episode on the theme of Christmas. I've collected a few of them here and some more will be on our Patreon page for people who donate a little each month to keep Truce going. You can access the Truce Patreon page and for those extra stories. Here are the submissions in order of appearance: 1) Truce Podcast – Christmas Bolero Chris Staron http://www.trucepodcast.com http://www.twitter.com/trucepodcast http://www.facebook.com/trucepodcast 2) The Road Home To You Podcast Brandy Goebel – Every Home Needs a Gnome http://theroadhometoyou.libsyn.com/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/166024570692834/ 3) Biblical Chili https://biblicalchili.podbean.com/ https://www.facebook.com/BiblicalChili/ http://www.twitter.com/BiblicalChili 4) Raising Kids on Your Knees https://raisingkidsonyourknees.org/ https://www.instagram.com/raisingkidsonyourknees/ http://www.facebook.com/raisingkidsonyourknees http://www.twitter.com/prayingforkids 5) Letters from Home Podcast Margaret Glesener and her family sharing their Christmas tradition of sharing. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/letters-from-home/id1444502295 https://www.instagram.com/lettersfromhomepodcast/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 18, 2019
Rasputin
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast Rasputin - the rogue monk who changed the face of the world. Or did he? Grigory Rasputin was a wandering monk from Siberia. A peasant. A long-haired man with a family. Through a series of connections with powerful people, he became the right-hand man of Nicholas II, the Russian tsar. Some claimed that he had the power to heal. He was also a known philanderer. Rumors of his relationship with the tsarina ran rampant. He, a peasant, may have influenced military decisions in WWI. The man was everywhere all at once--until he was brutally murdered in Petersburg one dark night. They tried cyanide and nothing happened. The shot him, and he fled. Who was this mystery man? What was his impact on Russia? On the Christian church? Listen to this special episode to find out! Our goal is to become the best Christian podcast out there. We can only do that with your financial support. You can donate on Patreon and Paypal. Every little bit helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 10, 2019
The Fall of the Romanovs (2 of 2)
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast This is the second in a two-part story about the fall of the last czars of Russia. Their murder had a ripple effect across history. After them came Lenin and the rise of communism and the USSR. The modern American church changed to keep up. If Russia was going for collectivism and atheism, the USA would hold on to capitalism and Christianity. Which means that the gospel would soon be identified with money, power, and military might. In this episode we follow the abdication of Nicholas II to the untimely end of him and his family. Theirs was just the first of a long string of murders that would elevate Lenin and Stalin to power. Truce is a listener-supported show. Please consider donating a little each month via Patreon (which entitles you to some cool bonus material) or helping out with a one-time gift on Paypal. These gifts are not tax-deductible. Our research was greatly aided by the following books: The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore A Well Ordered Thing - Michael D Gordin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 26, 2019
Romanov Stroganoff (1 of 2)
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Become a patron of the show and help me make even more great episodes! Donate by visiting www.patreon.com/trucepodcast One murder changed the course of Christian history. And it wasn't of a pope or church leader - it was the murder of Russia's last czars, the Romanovs. This is the beginning of our series on how communist Russia shaped modern Christianity in America. Tsar Nicholas II made many crucial mistakes: allowing Rasputin into his life, ignoring workers, the Russo-Japanese War, and many others. How we dealt with these tragic errors led the country into the hands of the Bolsheviks. Oh yeah, and we made stroganoff. The recipe is below. Truce is a listener-supported show. Please consider donating a little each month via Patreon (which entitles you to some cool bonus material) or helping out with a one-time gift on Paypal. These gifts are not tax-deductible. Our research was greatly aided by the following books: The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore A Well Ordered Thing - Michael D Gordin Dairy-free stroganoff recipe Ingredients: Egg noodles (as many as necessary - we used half a bag) 1 lbs ground beef 1 can mushrooms (small) 1/2 teaspoon pepper (or to taste) 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder 1 diced onion 1/2 cup beef broth 1/2 cup dairy-free sour cream 1/2 cup mayonnaise Directions: Brown ground beef in a skillet. A little extra beef is fine. Elk and deer meat work just as well, though you may want to add more seasoning if it is too "gamey". Put hot water on to boil for the noodles. Drain the fat from the beef. Add noodles to hot water. When the meat is brown, add in garlic powder, pepper, mustard powder, onion, and mushrooms. Cook at about medium heat and stir. When the onion has softened a little, add in the mayonnaise, sour cream, and beef broth. Let that simmer for about 15 minutes. Drain noodles. Stroganoff is best served over a big heap of noodles. Put the beef mixture over the noodles and enjoy! Questions we examine: Why did communism take over Russia? Who were the last tsars of Russia? Who was Rasputin? What was the Russo-Japanese War about? Why did Lenin want to stay out of WWI? Was Tsarina Alexandra crazy or just on a lot of drugs? How did the downfall of the Russian tsars impact American Christianity? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 12, 2019
Phil Vischer (creator of VeggieTales)
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Truce is back with a special guest: Phil Vischer, one of the creators of the VeggieTales video series. He's also the creator of the new Laugh and Learn Bible and one of the hosts of the Holy Post Podcast (strongly recommended). You can find our bonus material for this episode at www.patreon.com/trucepodcast. Links: https://philvischer.com/ Topics discussed: * How did Phil create VeggieTales? * How do Christians deal with loss and negative criticism? * Phil Vischer's recent response to LGBT rights in the Christian Post * Answering your questions about VeggieTales * Where is my hairbrush? * The Laugh and Learn Bible * Why should I read the Bible on my own? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 29, 2019
Season 3 Trailer
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Truce is back for a third season! We'll begin with a conversation with Phil Vischer, creator of the popular VeggieTales animated series and the author of the new Laugh and Learn Bible. Then we're going to take a sharp turn and study Russia: how did tsarist Russia fall, how did communism gain its hold, and how did that shape the American church. I promise you, it's going to be fascinating! Subscribe now so you never miss an episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 17, 2019
The Faith of Napoleon Bonaparte
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Napoleon Bonaparte. No question he was a military genius and was partially responsible for modernizing Europe. But there are some things we just aren't sure about. Like, was Napoleon a Christian, a Muslim, or a poser? In this, the final episode of season 2, we're going to explore the faith history of one of the most influential men of all time. We're joined by Pastor Justin Butler (highlandccky.org), author of Double-Sided Power: Studies in the Life of Napoleon Bonaparte. Our goal is to make Truce the best Christian podcast available. We need your help to do that! We're currently over $3,000 in the hole in this project. Would you consider helping us you? Donate on our website at http://www.trucepodcast.com. God willing, we'll be back with more Truce in early October. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 03, 2019
Patreon/ Season 3 Update featuring Eric Nevins of Halfway There
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We've started to post bonus content for Truce on our Patreon subscribers. If you give as little as $3/ month you'll get special bonus episodes like this one. You can donate at https://www.patreon.com/trucepodcastSpecial thanks to Eric Nevins of the Halfway There podcast. Learn more about his show at: https://ericnevins.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 27, 2019
We are the 99%
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Remember Occupy Wall Street? That movement from the early 2000's caused a stir after the financial crisis of 2007-2008. They demanded that the people responsible for the crash be punished for their actions. We in the Christian church often struggle with the rich-- how to treat them, how to see ourselves. In this episode we take a look at some statistics that will make us rethink our view of the wealthy.This episode was produced by Nick Staron. When Nick isn't busy with the podcast, he's working as a stand-up comedian. He's the perfect guy for your church picnic, youth night, or college gathering. Find more about Nick at www.nickstaron.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 06, 2019
Leverage: How Wealthy Christians Use Money to Change the Church
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John D. Rockefeller was a shrewd businessman. Even to the point of breaking the law to get what he wanted. His Standard Oil company was eventually broken up using the Sherman Antitrust act. But his money kept influencing society. On this episode of the Truce Podcast, we take a field trip to the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park to see how one wealthy family strong-armed Congress into declaring federal land. And we see how this kind of leverage is used in the modern Christian church. The Bible verse used in this episode was excerpted from the Streetlights Audio Bible. https://www.streetlightsbible.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 30, 2019
John D. Rockefeller: Money in the Church
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John D. Rockefeller was the richest man... maybe ever. His Standard Oil Company swallowed up the competition and broke the law. Yet, this man claimed the name of Christ.We're in the middle of a series about money in the church. How does it get to the church? Does it matter where the money comes from and where it goes?This episode of the Truce Podcast was written and produced by Nick Staron: https://www.nickstaron.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 23, 2019
Are Christians Supposed to Tithe?
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Are Christians supposed to tithe? It's a big question, one that many pastors disagree on. A tithe literally means 10%. A bunch of people in the Old Testament were commanded to give 10%... are we supposed to continue that tradition today?This is the first part in our series about money in the church -- how it gets there, where it's used, and how it can be used to gain power. Special thanks to our friends who gathered around the campfire with us.Topics discussed in this episode:* Does the 10% tithe still apply to modern Christians?* What is a tithe?* What is the verse in Malachi that talks about giving?* How much money should a pastor make?* Do we have to pay our pastor?* Should a pastor wear expensive clothes?* What does Jerry Savelle think about tithing? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 16, 2019
Using the Internet to Reach Muslims
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Reaching Muslims via the Internet. Can it be done? Our special guest today uses Google Ads, videos, and messaging apps to reach out in Muslim countries. We can't give any specifics about who he is or which organization he works for. But we think you'll find this episode inspiring. Topics explored: * How can we reach out to Muslims using the Internet? * What questions to Muslims have about Christianity? * Where are the greatest numbers of Muslims turning to Christ? * Where should I start reading in the Bible? * How do I share my faith with Muslims? * Is Islam as dangerous as mainstream media says it is? * How can I be praying for the Muslim world? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 25, 2019
Population Scare!
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The Pew Research Center released a study stating that there will be more Muslims in the world than Christians by the year 2050. That study terrified many Christians! Because we're so used to being the dominant religion on Earth. So there seemed to be only one solution -- have more babies.On this episode of the Truce Podcast, we press pause on the would-be baby boom and ask, "is there a better way?". This episode is the third in a series on reaching out to Muslims. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 25, 2019
Reaching Muslims featuring Samy Tanagho
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This bonus episode features Samy Tanagho, author of "Glad News, God Love You My Muslim Friend". Samy explains a few ways that Christians can reach out to our Muslim friends. He recommends that we start with common ground: Jesus as Messiah, Abraham and Isaac, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 18, 2019
Should Christians Fear Muslims?
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After 9/11 many American Christians became afraid of Islam. Even to the point of no longer wanting to share the gospel with Muslims. On this special episode of the Truce Podcast, Chris speaks with Dr. Hormoz Shariat of Iran Alive Ministries and Samy Tanagho, author of "Glad News, God Loves You My Muslim Friend". In this episode we discuss:* How international ministries can impact Muslim countries like Iran through media* Ways Christians can reach out to Muslims* Encouragement for Christians to love on Palestinians as well as Jews.* Economic and social issues within Iran, including massive inflation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 11, 2019
Embryo Adoption - featuring Nate Birt of "Frozen But Not Forgotten"
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If life begins at conception, what do we do with all of the embryos left after in vitro fertilization? Author and journalist Nate Birt joins us to discuss embryo adoption and his book Frozen But Not Forgotten. This is a Truce Podcast extra. Truce is a listener supported show. Donate on Patreon, GoFundMe, and on our website. Send us an email to let us know what you think of the show and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 05, 2019
Fatty Arbuckle and the MPAA
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Did Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle murder Virginia Rappe? That questions defined the film industry for thirty years. Upset with Hollywood's moral failures, Christians demanded changes. We took over, fighting until the studios decided to censor themselves.This special episode of Truce ties into our last episode with Abby Johnson of the Unplanned movie. This episode explores:* Who was Fatty Arbuckle?* Who was Virginia Rappe?* Did Fatty Arbuckle murder Virginia Rappe?* What is the MPAA?* What started the Motional Picture Association of America?* Did Christians really censor the golden age of films? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 28, 2019
Censorship - Featuring Abby Johnson of the Unplanned movie and Dr. Richard Land
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Freedom of speech. We all say we want it, but do we really? On this episode of the Truce podcast, we talk with Abby Johnson, the subject of the new film "Unplanned" which hit theaters in March. Abby shares her story of having worked for Planned Parenthood and how she quit after witnessing an abortion for herself.Please note: this episode may not be appropriate for all listeners.We also speak with Dr. Richard Land about his thoughts concerning censorship.The interviews in this show (including American Family Radio, The Museum of the Bible, and more) were recorded at the 2019 Proclaim Conference, hosted by the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Anaheim, CA. Special thanks to their team for allowing Chris to attend for free with a press pass. Topics discussed in this episode:Did Twitter block the account for the Unplanned movie?Do we really want unregulated freedom of speech?Why were conservatives so upset when NFL players knelt during the national anthem?Are Christian and conservative messages blocked on social media?Who is Abby Johnson?What did Abby Johnson see?What is Planned Parenthood?How big is Planned Parenthood?We work hard to create the best Christian podcasts in the world. We can't do that without your help! Please donate on GoFundMe.com, Patreon, or on our website at www.trucepodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 21, 2019
How Multi-Level Marketing Targets Christians (4 of 4)
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Did you know that Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump have all stumped for the multi-level marketing industry? MLMs, direct sales, and network marketing have powerful friends. But what about Christian "celebrities"? On this, our fourth and final episode on MLMs, we're going to demonstrate how the gospel is used to sell an illegitimate business model. People like Josh McDowell have spoken for Amway. But does that make his actions wrong? He is, after all, there to preach the gospel to a captive audience. Who can blame him?Ideas explored in this episode:* What was the Trump Network?* Did Bill Clinton speak at Amway events?* How was George Bush involved with MLMs?* Who is Terri Savelle Foy?* Can we mix the gospel and business?* Why do Christians and people of faith sell for pyramid schemes?* How do pyramid schemes target Christians?Want more information and links? Visit our website at www.trucepodcast.com. Truce is a listener supported show. Donate now on Patreon, GoFundMe, or at www.trucepodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 07, 2019
The Amway Decision (feautring Robert Fitzpatrick of Pyramid Scheme Alert) (3 of 4)
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The Amway Decision. The Federal Trade Commission decided that Amway was not an illegal pyramid scheme, but a legitimate business. How did that happen? Why is it important. This week on the Truce Podcast we're joined once again by Robert Fitzpatrick of Pyramid Scheme Alert (https://pyramidschemealert.org/), author of Ponzinomics to explore the history of MLMs.Also in this episode is a brief history of the founders of Amway: Richard DeVos and Jay VanAndel. The DeVos name probably sounds familiar. Our current Secretary of Education is Betsy DeVos, daughter-in-law to Richard. She's made a lot of news in her position because of her stances on charter schools and arming teachers in public schools. A lot of information for this episode came from the book "Dark Money" by Jane Mayer (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/215462/dark-money-by-jane-mayer/9780307947901/). It is an excellent read and raises a lot of good questions about money in politics. Did you know that the Truce Podcast is listener supported? Find out how to help at http://www.trucepodcast.com/donateHere is a link to the FTC website explaining the characteristics of a pyramid scheme: https://www.ftc.gov/public-statements/1998/05/pyramid-schemesTopics explored in this episode?* Is Amway a pyramid scheme?*Are pyramid schemes legal?*What makes a pyramid scheme legal?*Am I in a pyramid scheme?*Who is Betsy DeVos?*History of Amway*Why is Richard DeVos?*What happened to Blackwater? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 30, 2019
The Human Cost of Multi-Level Marketing (featuring Robert Fitzpatrick) (2 of 4)
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We know that tying business to religion can be tricky. Think about recent stories involving Hobby Lobby, Chick-fil-A, or In-N-Out Burger. But what happens when we tie our religion to a business model that just doesn't work?That's what many multi-level marketing (MLM) companies do every day. They saddle distributors with debt and product they can't sell... often in the name of Jesus. We're joined once again by Robert Fitzpatrick of Pyramidschemealert.org, author of Ponzinomics. Questions answered: (well... we put this here to help search engines)What is an MLM?Is this company a scam?What is a pyramid scheme?Do people lose money on MLMs?Is direct sales for me?How do people get rich in direct sales?Is this a Christian company? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 23, 2019
Multi-Level Marketing, Pyramid, and Ponzi Schemes (1 of 4)
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What is multi-level marketing? It turns out, it is a very popular business model that targets Christians and other people of faith. But... it is almost guaranteed to fail. Because MLM's and direct sales companies are not designed to sell a product but to sell the business itself.Joining us for this episode is Robert Fitzpatrick. He's the president of Pyramid Scheme Alert and the author of the new book “Ponzinomics: The Untold History of Multi-Level Marketing and How Direct Sales Became an American Swindle”.Also mentioned in the episode is the podcast The Dream. Season one talks in great detail about pyramid schemes. Please be aware that some of the episodes use strong language.Topics covered in this episode:What is multi-level marketing?What is a pyramid scheme?What is a Ponzi scheme?Who are Ponzi schemes named after?Who was Charles Ponzi?Is multi-level marketing the same thing as a pyramid scheme?What is the difference between a pyramid scheme and multi-level marketing and a Ponzi scheme?What is a good book about pyramid schemes?Will I lose money with multi-level marketing?Is Amway considered multi-level marketing?Is Herbalife multi-level marketing?Do pyramid schemes target Christians?Should I join an MLM?Which MLM should I join?Looking for the Amway stats we mentioned? You can find them here: https://pyramidschemealert.org/half-of-amways-products-are-retailed-really-plus-other-wacky-numbers-3/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 16, 2019
Prosperity and Reformed: Follow the Money
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We're taking a week off from releasing a full episode of the Truce podcast, but I wanted to give you a little something to think about. Where is your media coming from? Your audio sermons? Your curriculum? Let's start a conversation! You can find the show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @trucepodcast.com. God willing, there will be a new episode next week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 10, 2019
The Prosperity Gospel (featuring Brandon Kimber from American Gospel)
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The Prosperity Gospel. It goes by a lot of names. Prosperity, name it and claim it theology, The Secret, the word of faith movement... but how did it begin? Who came up with the ideas that are now spreading throughout the world? This week on the Truce Podcast we interview Brandon Kimber, director of the new film American Gospel. The film takes a deep dive into the world of the prosperity gospel, and what the gospel is in the first place. The film is 2.5 hours long, and covers a lot of ground. I recommend watching it in 2-3 chunks as a small group with discussion after each chunk. Interviews within the movie include Matt Chandler, Francis Chan, John MacArthur, Jackie Hill Perry, Costi Hinn and many others. There are many clips of famous prosperity teachers explicitly preaching in opposition to the Bible, including Benny Hinn, Joel Osteel, Victoria Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, and Bill Johnson of Bethel Church. Discussed within the episode: What is the prosperity gospel? Who founded the prosperity gospel movement? Who is Phineus Quimby? How did Phineus Quimby influence Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science religion? Who is E.W. Kenyon and how did he shape our modern blend of New Thought and biblical living? What is the Christian gospel? How do I get to heaven? What happens if God doesn't heal me? The episode also features a number of gospel presentations that are at about 10 words each. Here are some of them, thanks to First Baptist Church of Jackson, WY. Jesus' resurrection reconciles holy God and sinful people who believe. Faith in Jesus is enough to be forgiven and received. Faith in Jesus is enough to be forgiven and transformed. God's gift of reconciliation offered to humanity. Jesus' resurrection reconciles holy God and sinful people who believe. Christ died so that we might live! God's righteous wrath shall be averted pleading Christ's death alone. Choose God’s grace through Jesus or default to God’s punishment. The truth about God's plan of salvation for believers  Acceptance of undeserved blessings & atonement for yesterday, today, and forever. Christ's perfect life, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection affords opportunity for a positive eternity for all who are willing to accept it. Individuals can have peace with God through Jesus’ atoning death. He died on the cross for my sins even though I constantly fall short. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 02, 2019
Leadership (featuring Mark Galli of Christianity Today)
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This week we talk with Mark Galli, editor in chief of Christianity Today about leadership. Are we all called to lead or are just some of us? Does that mean we don’t have to lead if we’re not gifted in that way?We’re also joined by Paul Wingfield of the One Man and His Wilderness podcast.Our main Bible verse comes from Romans 12:3-8.Things we explore in this episode:* Are all Christians supposed to lead?* Are all Christians leaders?* How should Christians lead?* All members of Christ’s body have different gifts.* What are the gifts of the spirit?* Servant leadership* How to lead in your church* Why do so many Christian leaders fail?The Truce podcast is a listener supported show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 26, 2019
Failure as a Weapon (featuring Andrew Schwab of Project 86)
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Is it okay to fail? Are we okay with failure in the Christian church? Even mainstream churches frequently link financial and business success with God's blessing. If we're not rich and don't have a big following, does that mean that God doesn't love us? This week on the Truce Podcast we sit down once again with Andrew Schwab, lead singer of Project 86 and host of the Pioneers Podcast to discuss failure. He shares with us the difficulties his band faced with their album Truthless Heroes and Atlantic Records. Andrew is also the author of the books "Fame is Infamy", "Tin Soldiers", and "It's All Downhill from Here". In this episode we explore: * Is it okay to fail? * How should Christians handle failure? * How do I know if I'm a success? * Does our reliance on success distract from the mission of the church? * Does God love me for who I am or do I have to work for it? * How can failure be used as a weapon? * How do I move on from a failure? In this episode, we are also joined by Roy Browning of the Business Acumen Podcast. He helps us to look at the numbers of this podcast. Is it a success or a failure? Roy is the owner of JMC Brands. https://jmcbrands.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 19, 2019
The Influencer Economy (featuring Andrew Schwab of Project 86)
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There are so many temptations for people who create media. We are constantly targeted by scams, encouraged to brag about ourselves, and told we could always be doing better. Those pressures are shaping the modern church. For better or worse.This week on the Truce Podcast we are joined by Andrew Schwab of Project 86 and the Pioneer's Podcast to explore the odd temptations facing modern Christianity. Andrew is also the author of the books "Fame is Infamy", "The Tin Soldiers", "It's All Downhill from Here".Truce is a listener supported show. Visit our website at www.trucepodcast.com to donate. Please spread the word about the show and post a review of it on iTunes. We'll discuss:* How is technology shaping the modern church?* How do Christians deal with failure?* How do people make money on social media and Instagram?* Should my church podcast its sermons?* Are we creating new popes with our celebrity Christians?* Is it okay for Christians to be famous? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 12, 2019
Your Media Time Out Experiences
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Author Michelle DeRusha (Katrina and Martin Luther, True You) gave up media for six weeks. She did it for Lent, the time of year right before Easter when some Christians give something up in order to draw closer to God. In this episode of the Truce Podcast we hear from her about her experience, and from you, our listeners about your experience with the Truce Podcast Media Time Out. If you would like access to the PDF version of the Media Time Out, subscribe to our email update list (I won't sell your data, and emails are few and far between). The link will be emailed to you for free. If you like the Truce Podcast, please leave us a rating on your favorite podcasting app.Topics Covered:What is a media fast?Who is Michelle DeRusha?What are people's personal stories about fasting?What is media bias?How do we decode bias in our media?Is NPR bias?Is cable news bias?Is Fox News bias?In our next episode we'll hear from Andrew Schwab of Project 86 and the Pioneers Podcast about the difficulties of being famous in the Christian world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 05, 2019
The Media Time Out
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We're surrounded by media. All the time. On our phones, the television, radio... even music at the supermarket. When was the last time you enjoyed the silence?This week on the Truce Podcast, we're going to take a break from media. No TV, radio, music, social media, movies... none of it. We're doing it for a few different reasons:*To demonstrate to ourselves that we don't need our phones as much as we think we do.*To refocus our attention on God.*To see how our media is shaping us. We're going to study the bias and marketing that comes at us through our media.*Our series on the influencer economy will make a lot more sense if you are aware of the messaging that targets you every day.You can call this a media fast. But the Bible has a lot of specific requirements for fasting. So, let's just call this a “time out”. If you'd like to join along, sign up for our email updates list and you'll be emailed a link to our free PDF version of the curriculum. Feel free to make as many copies as you like! Why do a media fast?Because denying ourselves of something can illustrate to us our own reliance on it.It gives us a great opportunity to talk with our friends about our convictions.Unlike a traditional fast, you should be talking with your friends and family about this challenge. Hopefully, together, you can come up with solutions to better deal with all of the messaging coming at you. Once you're done with the media time out, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. And record a voice memo on your smart phone about your experience and email it to us. We may use it on the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 26, 2019
Trailer: The Influencer Economy
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New episodes of the Truce Podcast are coming soon! Our special guests will include Andrew Schwab of Project 86 and The Pioneers Podcast, author Michelle DeRusha, and Robert Fitzpatrick from Pyramid Scheme Alert. We're exploring how Christians are marketed to and how sometimes makes us fall into some pretty dark traps.Subscribe on Apple Podcast, Google Play, or Spotify. www.trucepodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 24, 2019
The Christmas Truce
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In World War II the world was in chaos. Men shooting other men. The old world of horses and bayonets collided with machine guns and tanks. In the midst of the madness, thousands of men left their trenches on Christmas and met their neighbors. It was a spontaneous gathering of brothers. We in the Christian church can learn a lot from them.Truce is a listener supported show. Click here to help.Our Bible readings were performed by Jasen Banks from the Word x the World podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 18, 2018
The Rosetta Stone
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The events of Daniel 11 helped to disprove Mormonism. In this episode, we take a look at the Rosetta Stone, the Book of Abraham, and Joseph Smith.Truce is a listener-supported podcast. Help by donating via Patreon and GoFundMe. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. http://www.trucepodcast.comMerry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 11, 2018
Bonus: The Rest of the Hanukkah Story
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We stopped a little shy of the entire story about Hanukkah. In this episode we let you know the rest of this epic tale. But... it doesn't end so well.Truce is a listener supported show. Please help spread the word on your social media feeds!Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 07, 2018
Can Christians Celebrate Hanukkah?
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Should Christians celebrate Hanukkah? This is the second part of our series. In this episode, we talk to Bruce Gore to see what Hanukkah is all about. Daniel 11 predicted it hundreds of years earlier. We're going to see how it all came to pass. The story involves prophesy, intrigue, Greek and Roman history, and the abomination of desolation.Truce is a listener supported podcast. Consider giving us a few dollars to help us keep this show going! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 04, 2018
Daniel Predicted Hanukkah
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Can Christians celebrate Hanukkah? Before we can answer that question, we need to get some background. What is Hanukkah? Well, it turns out that a bunch of the events leading up the Festival of Lights are predicted in the Old Testament book of Daniel.With the help of Bruce Gore, author of Historical and Chronological Context of the Bible, we unpack Daniel 11 and the events leading up to Hanukkah. Truce is a listener supported podcast. Consider giving a few dollars to support the work. We're also looking to partner with ministries who might like to absorb the show as part of their ministry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 27, 2018
Christianity Today's Living and Effective
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Living And Effective is the newest podcast from Christianity Today and the Christian Standard Bible. Chris sat down with Richard Clark (@TheRichardClark) to discuss media ethics and the nature of Christian broadcasting. Is it okay to talk about infidelity when discussing Dr. Martin Luther King? Is a discussion of Christianity in the 1970's complete without a conversation about where the Jesus People are today? Is Christian media required to stay positive?Subscribe to Living and Effective on any podcasting app or listen at http://www.livingandeffective.com.Truce is a listener supported podcast. Support the show at http://www.patreon.com. Our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram handle is @trucepodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 20, 2018
Help! (For One Minute)
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We need your help! Truce is taking a break this week so we can do some marketing. In the meantime, please:1) Leave a review on Apple Podcasts, or where ever you listen2) Tell two friends about the show3) Pray for Truce! God willing, we'll see you next week. Until then, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 13, 2018
Predicting the End
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We're still here, despite the fact that dozens of predictions have told us that the world would have ended by now. John Hagee, Jack Van Impe, Joseph Smith, Jehovah's Witnesses, John Wesley, Harold Camping and so many others have made bogus predictions. What should we think about this? How do people of faith look when we are clearly wrong in such public ways? In this episode of the Truce podcast, we examine some of the reasons behind these predictions and discuss a better way forward.Truce is the Christian podcast that uses journalistic tools to look inside the Christian church. We press pause on the culture wars to explore how we got here and how we can do better. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 06, 2018
Suffrage: The Textbook and the Hatchet (2 of 2)
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It took a long time for women to get the right to vote. And it took a lot of different opinions about how to go about fighting for that right. Frances Willard, the second president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, used marches and speeches. Her fellow WCTU member, Carrie Nation, preferred... a hatchet. On this episode, the second in a series, we look at a few of the women who were involved in this important movement. Frances Willard, Carrie Nation, and more. Truce is a listener-supported podcast. We're about a thousand dollars in the hole after two seasons of the show. Consider donating a few dollars to keep this thing going. Guests: Jenna DeWitt @Jenna_DeWitt Jim Vorel from Paste Magazine @JimVorel Claire White from the Mob Museum in Las Vegas @TheMobMuseum Sarah Ward from the Woman's Christian Temperance Union https://www.wctu.org/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 30, 2018
Suffrage: How Women Stopped the Drink and Gained the Vote (1 of 2)
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The 1800's were a drunken mess. The median adult in the US drank 1.7 bottles of 80 proof alcohol each week. Each week! The 1800's were also a time when women didn't have many rights: they couldn't vote, were expected to stay home, and were somewhat invisible in the public sphere. Until they'd had enough. Thanks to the efforts of organizations like the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, women fought for their rights. On this episode of the Truce Podcast, we begin our series on this historic battle. Guests: Jenna DeWitt @Jenna_DeWitt Jim Vorel from Paste Magazine @JimVorel Claire White from the Mob Museum in Las Vegas @TheMobMuseum Sarah Ward from the Woman's Christian Temperance Union https://www.wctu.org/ And remember to check out The Word in the World podcast: https://www.thewordxtheworld.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 23, 2018
What We're Getting Wrong About the Ten Commandments
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Can you name all of the ten commandments? Maybe, but did you know that we may no longer be responsible for them anymore? On this episode of the Truce podcast, we examine our strange connection to these slabs of stone. Why do people like Roy Moore and Scott Pruitt feel so strongly about them? And is there a better way?The Truce Podcast is the premiere Christian journalism show. We press pause on the culture wars to see how we got here, and how we can do better. Check out our website at www.trucepodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 16, 2018
Is Jesus Eternal?: Begotten
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Is Jesus eternal? There is a key word in the gospels and the Nicaean Creed: begotten. We don't use it much today, but some people take it to mean that Jesus hasn't been around since the beginning of time. Jehovah's Witnesses use it as proof that Christ was created by God. But does it mean that? No. Our special guest for this episode is Professor Gerald Bray. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 09, 2018
A Roman Emperor and the Easter Bunny
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How did we decide on the day we celebrate Easter? Believe it or not, it was decided 1700 years ago at the Council of Nicaea, which was called by the Roman emperor Constantine. There was some confusion as to whether or not it should be tied to the Jewish celebration of Passover. This is the third part in our series on Constantine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 02, 2018
Constantine: Council of Nicaea and the Spread of Relics
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Modern Christians believe that Jesus is God, eternal. But some people in the early church didn't think so. So early leaders decided to call the Council of Nicaea. Today people like Dan Brown (the DaVinci Code) might see this as when Constantine decided to make Jesus divine. Is that true? Our guests are Professor Gerald Bray and Professor David Potter. This is the second of four episodes on the legacy of the Roman emperor Constantine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 25, 2018
Constantine: Persecuted to Preferred
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Who was the first political leader to use Christianity to his benefit? We see it all the time today, but when did it begin? This is the first part in a series looking at the impact of the Roman Emperor Constantine on history. We're still dealing with this guy 1700 years later. He was a warrior, a murderer, and a pagan priest. He also may have saved Christianity. Our guests are Professor Gerald Bray and Professor David Potter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 18, 2018
The Heart Behind Christian Films (Part 2 of 2)
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In part one we examined the history and economics of this maligned art form. Now let's understand the heart behind Christian filmmaking. If we're going to share the hope we have in Christ, then we need tools like this. We're joined by filmmakers Rich Christiano (Time Changer, Unidentified, Play the Flute) and Wes and Amanda Llewellyn (The Moment After I & II). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 11, 2018
The Humble Christian Film: Economics and History of an Art Form (Part 1 of 2)
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Christians have many tools at their disposal -- Bible studies, tracts, sermons. But the punching bag of ministry tools has got to be the humble Christian film. We think of this as an upstart medium, but it's not. It's as old as filmmaking itself. In this two-part series, we examine the economics, the history, and the heart behind this much-maligned art form. We're joined by filmmakers Rich Christiano (Time Changer, Unidentified, Play the Flute) and Wes and Amanda Llewellyn (The Moment After I & II). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 04, 2018
Healing the Southern Baptist Convention
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The Southern Baptist Convention meets again next week. So, as a follow up to our curse of Ham story, we talked to Pastor Dwight McKissic Jr (@pastordmack) about his efforts to address racial issues within the SBC. A new resolution is on the table that would officially apologize for misusing the Bible to justify slavery and oppression. That resolution specifically calls out the so-called "curse of Ham". Genesis 9 tells the story of Noah and his sons after the ark. At first glance, it seems as though this is just a weird story. But it has dramatic ramifications for world history. You see, Noah places a curse on one of his descendants. His kids will be the servants of all the others. I.e. slaves. For years, organizations like the SBC taught that the curse was on Ham, whose offspring became the African people. The text tells a different story. It clearly states that Canaan, Noah's grandson, is cursed. The Canaanites settled in what would become Israel and were given the boot in the book of Joshua. But this lie has stuck around. Pastor McKissic and others will see that it is officially dealt with.Truce is a listener supported podcast. Donate at www.trucepodcast.com and connect with us on social media at @trucepodcast.Special thanks to Andy Huff for our beautiful logo. Be praying for the SBC and their meeting! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 08, 2018
Scott Pruitt, Christianity, and NPR's Embedded
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In April of 2018 @NPREmbedded produced a podcast episode about Scott Pruitt, the current head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Trump Administration. It covered, among other things, his record on the environment, and... his Christian faith. In this, the first episode of season 2, we take a look at Genesis 1 and ask what it can (and can't) tell us about our role in the environment.Special thanks to @NPREmbedded for their help. You can find our guests at @joewertz and @TomDreisbach. Our logo is by Andy Huff. This program is listener supported. If you'd like to donate, visit us at www.trucepodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 04, 2018
Girolamo Savonarola: One Man Against the Renaissance
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Girolamo Savonarola was an inspiration to Martin Luther and an early martyr for the Protestant Reformation. He's also a controversial figure – more Old Testament prophet than humble friar. Our guest Samantha Morris (https://theborgiabull.com) discusses her book Girolamo Savonarola: The Renaissance Preacher and the history of the “mad preacher of Florence”. Think you could end a movement? Destroy some of the best art ever made? Nearly topple the Italian Renaissance? Of course not, but that's what one man tried to do at the end of the 1400's. He was a righteous man who fought against the evil of Pope Alexander the VI. But he we went too far—trying to make the world behave in a godly fashion instead of changing the hearts of Florence. In a time before the Bible was readily available in people's own languages, Girolamo Savonarola was put to death by the very superstition he tried to defeat. Truce is a listener-supported podcast. Leave us a comment on iTunes and be sure to visit us at www.trucepodcast.com. You can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/trucepodcast) and Twitter (@trucepodcast). Our host is Chris Staron, author of Cradle Robber and writer/ director of the films Bringing up Bobby and Between the Walls.Artwork by @andrewjohnhuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 26, 2018
Church Discipline
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When churches face evil or unrepentant behavior we have to make a tough call. What does church discipline look like? It turns out that it involves several steps from talking to the person one-on-one to expelling them from the congregation. There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. Jonathan Leeman from www.9marks.org joins us to talk about his book on church discipline.Our main text is from Matthew 18 where Jesus lays out a clear plan for disciplining a brother or sister in Christ. Though the process seems easy, it is not without disagreement. Some people argue that discipline is tied to church membership. If someone sins, take away their membership to the congregation. The only problem is that membership is not in the Bible. It is an invention of man. But so are many other cherished parts of the church-going experience: youth group, Sunday school, crosses as decoration, even holidays like Christmas and Easter are not specifically outlined in the Bible. Truce is a listener-supported podcast. Leave us a comment on iTunes and be sure to visit us at www.trucepodcast.com. You can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/trucepodcast) and Twitter (@trucepodcast). Our host is Chris Staron, author of Cradle Robber and writer/ director of the films Bringing up Bobby and Between the Walls.Artwork by @andrewjohnhuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 26, 2018
Plantation Jesus
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In this podcast extra we're taking a look at how ethnicity sometimes trumps our commitment to God. How can we, as believers, move forward in a Church that seems divided by race and ethnicity? Skot Welch is is the founder of Global Bridgebuilders, an organization that works with companies and churches to encourage diversity. He and his friend Rick Wilson wrote the upcoming book Plantation Jesus: Race, Faith, and a New Way Forward.Truce is a listener-supported podcast. Leave us a comment on iTunes and be sure to visit us at www.trucepodcast.com. You can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/trucepodcast) and Twitter (@trucepodcast). Our host is Chris Staron, author of Cradle Robber and writer/ director of the films Bringing up Bobby and Between the Walls.Artwork by @andrewjohnhuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 26, 2018
The Curse of Ham and the Southern Baptist Convention
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The Curse of Ham. It sounds like something from Game of Thrones, but it is actually a mis-reading of an Old Testament scripture that has been used for hundreds of years to justify racism and slavery. This week we take a look inside the Southern Baptist Convention's controversial 2017 meeting and interview pastor Charles Hedman from Capitol Hills Baptist Church (http://www.capitolhillbaptist.org).The “curse” comes from Genesis 9. Noah (yes, the guy from the flood) is back on dry land. He gets drunk and his boys cover him up out of shame. Enraged by their behavior, Noah places a curse on one of his family members: his descendants will be in service to the others. Trouble is, despite the Bible saying that Canaan is cursed, many people pretend that Ham is in order to oppress his descendants: those of African descent. This obvious fallacy has been used for decades to justify terrible acts-- and all because we refuse to see what's so clearly there. Truce is a listener-supported podcast. Leave us a comment on iTunes and be sure to visit us at www.trucepodcast.com. You can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/trucepodcast) and Twitter (@trucepodcast). Our host is Chris Staron, author of Cradle Robber and writer/ director of the films Bringing up Bobby and Between the Walls.Artwork by @andrewjohnhuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 26, 2018
Stephen Mansfield: Choosing Donald Trump
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We all know a little something about President Donald Trump, how he bankrolled his family fortune into celebrity. But what do we know about his religious history? Our guest for this episode is author, speaker, podcaster Stephen Mansfield. Stephen is the New York Times bestselling author of Choosing Donald Trump. The charismatic preacher and author of The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peele, preached before the Trump family when Donald was just a boy. Principles of that ministry can still be seen in the president today: thinking of oneself as blessed, denying negativity, seeing oneself as deserving of God's blessing. The president was also heavily influenced by Paula White, a pentecostal preacher and a member of his Faith Advisory Council. Though Donald Trump may offend many Christians, he lays claim to our faith. What do we do with that information?As a note, this episode was recorded before the passing of Billy Graham so there is one reference to him as if he is still alive. Truce is a listener-supported podcast. Leave us a comment on iTunes and be sure to visit us at www.trucepodcast.com. You can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/trucepodcast) and Twitter (@trucepodcast). Our host is Chris Staron, author of Cradle Robber and writer/ director of the films Bringing up Bobby and Between the Walls.Artwork by @andrewjohnhuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 26, 2018
Evangelical Christians and Donald Trump: An Unlikely Love Affair
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When were Christians first tied to Donald Trump? It seems to have started when Dr. James Dobson of FamilyTalk said on tape that Donald Trump is a Christian. He is not the only person making that claim. Paula White, Michelle Bachmann, Kenneth Copeland, and many other sing the same song. But it doesn't look like we're buying their rhetoric. American Christians don't really believe that Trump is one of us. So what do Christian leaders stand to gain by pretending he is? They want to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits pastors and churches from making specific kinds of political speech. Americans love free speech... when it works to their advantage. The trouble is, Republican lawmakers want to repeal the amendment for more nefarious reasons. Truce is a listener-supported podcast. Leave us a comment on iTunes and be sure to visit us at www.trucepodcast.com. You can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/trucepodcast) and Twitter (@trucepodcast). Our host is Chris Staron, author of Cradle Robber and writer/ director of the films Bringing up Bobby and Between the Walls.Artwork by @andrewjohnhuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 26, 2018
Season One Trailer
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Truce is a show about the Church. What makes evangelical Christians tick? How do we impact the culture, and how does the culture shape us? Using journalistic tools we will journey together into one of the most powerful forces in world history: the gospel. Truce is a new podcast from the creator of the film "Bringing up Bobby" and the novel "Cradle Robber". Visit www.trucepodcast.com for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 19, 2018