108 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".

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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".

    Takeaway 5: It's Easier to Call People to a Heritage Than A Saving Faith

    Takeaway 5: It's Easier to Call People to a Heritage Than A Saving Faith

    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".

    • 14 min
    Takeaway 4: Complexity is Cool

    Takeaway 4: Complexity is Cool

    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.

    • 15 min
    Takeaway 3: Treat Labor Well

    Takeaway 3: Treat Labor Well

    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?

    • 19 min
    Takeaway 2: Communism as a Scapegoat (feat. Jemar Tisby)

    Takeaway 2: Communism as a Scapegoat (feat. Jemar Tisby)

    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.

    • 19 min
    Takeaway 1: Think Deeper About the Past

    Takeaway 1: Think Deeper About the Past

    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?

    • 8 min
    How to Deal With Christian Nationalism

    How to Deal With Christian Nationalism

    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

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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98 Ratings

98 Ratings

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Knowing the why behind the way things are...

Thank you for all the hard work and keeping Jesus as the center! It helps so much to learn about the history behind the way things are today.

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WOW! I received critically needed insights from this podcast about political involvement and my Christian walk with Jesus! Thank you for all your time and effort needed for this interview!!

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Terrific podcast

This podcast is both very positively focused and full of incredible detail for those (like me) interested in history/non-fiction podcasts. Smooth to listen to, and Chris keeps it moving at the right pace. Would highly recommend!!

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