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S2:E35 The Faith of Napoleon Bonaparte

S2:E35 The Faith of Napoleon Bonaparte

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.

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Here are some fun bonus Napoleon Bonaparte Facts that we may not have covered in the episode. Aren’t you glad you visited the website?

  • Napoleon Bonaparte’s son was named Napoleon II, but he was often (almost creepily) referred to as “The King of Rome” even in letters from ol‘ poppa and momma.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte’s height — he wasn’t all that short. Probably 5′ 7″, which was about average for the time. The legend started from rumors as his enemies tried to make him sound weak. Did it work? Nope.
  • His Napoleonic Code was really important after the craziness of French Revolution! It established property rights and set up several branches of law… but it also deprived women of rights, and limited the rights of orphans. Oh, and it said slavery was okay in the colonies. So… important, but certainly not ideal.
  • Seeing that Napoleon Bonaparte was sick and close to death, his doctors thought it best that he get some exercise. He was exiled to the dampest part of St. Helena which may have contributed to his declining health. So they built him a seesaw in the billiards room! I would LOVE a picture of that.
  • His nephew, Napoleon III (reviled in Les Miserables), was also not well-liked by his uncle. But the man still became ruler of France… for a hot second (4 years) until he was defeated in the Battle of Sedan.

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S2:E35 We Are the 99%

S2:E35 We Are the 99%

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.

Helpful links:
2018 Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report
Data About the Average Home Price in the US

Transcript (may be slightly inaccurate. We published here an early script that may not contain the edits of the full show. Sorry! This is one of the things we hope to change if we can afford to do this full time)

S2:E34 Leverage: How Wealthy Christians Use Money to Change the Church

S2:E34 Leverage: How Wealthy Christians Use Money to Change the Church

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/

Helpful links:
National Park Stats
Washington Post Article – Founding of Grand Teton
Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum
National Elk Refuge
Grand Teton National Park

S2:E33 John D. Rockefeller: Money in the Church

S2:E33 John D. Rockefeller: Money in the Church

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/

This is the final Blokus board mentioned in the episode. Chris was yellow. See how he was able to cut across the board to keep 1/3 of it to himself?

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S2:32 Are Christians Supposed to Tithe?

S2:32 Are Christians Supposed to Tithe?

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?