76 episodes

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".

Truce Truce Podcast

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    • 5.0, 2 Ratings

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".

    Your Youth Group Trip Was Cancelled - Now What?

    Your Youth Group Trip Was Cancelled - Now What?

    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

    • 3 min
    The Pledge of Allegiance (Featuring Charles Dorn)

    The Pledge of Allegiance (Featuring Charles Dorn)

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    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?

    • 33 min
    Truce Needs Your Support

    Truce Needs Your Support

    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.

    • 2 min
    Empire: The Game!

    Empire: The Game!

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    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

    • 38 min
    Home of the Forgotten

    Home of the Forgotten

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    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?

    • 26 min
    Teddy Roosevelt and the Guano Islands

    Teddy Roosevelt and the Guano Islands

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    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

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Thybvruncd ,

A podcast favourite

Although Truce is a new podcast it has quickly become one of my favourites. The topics are always interesting and worth listening too. While there is growing divide with right & left wing opinions Chris is bringing a common sense voice of peace and wisdom in a light & entertaining manner. Thanks Chris, loving your work

fdaghistani ,

An Absolute Gem in the World of Podcasts.

I stumbled on this podcast while searching for 'Prosperity Gospel', and feel I have discovered a rare gem in the world of podcasts. Chris Staron's engaging, informative approach to contemporary topics that affect the lives of of us all (I am not Christian but very much relate to most topics) is both spot on and needs to be heard. The podcast is produced with utmost professionalism and in a format that is a credit to Chris's desire to make it both listenable and enjoyable. Five stars for sure for this one.

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