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S3:E2 Romanov Stroganoff

S3:E2 Romanov Stroganoff

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.

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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


Egg noodles (as many as necessary – we used half a bag)

1 lb 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


  1. 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”.
  2. Put hot water on to boil for the noodles.
  3. Drain the fat from the beef.
  4. Add noodles to hot water.
  5. When the meat is brown, add in garlic powder, pepper, mustard powder, onion, and mushrooms. Cook at about medium heat and stir.
  6. When the onion has softened a little, add in the mayonnaise, sour cream, and beef broth. Let that simmer for about 15 minutes.
  7. 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?
S3:E1 Phil Vischer (creator of VeggieTales)

S3:E1 Phil Vischer (creator of VeggieTales)

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

Laugh and Learn Bible
Holy Post Podcast

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?
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 (, author of Double-Sided Power: Studies in the Life of Napoleon Bonaparte.

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God willing, we’ll be back with more Truce in early October.

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.


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

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.

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:

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?