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S3:E4 Rasputin

S3:E4 Rasputin

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!

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Topics discussed:

  • Who was Grigory Rasputin?
  • Was Rasputin married?
  • Was Rasputin poisoned?
  • What is cyanide?
  • What are the effects of cyanide?
  • How did Rasputin die?
  • Where was Rasputin buried?
  • Did Rasputin sleep with Alexandra?
  • Was Rasputin responsible for the downfall of Russia?
S3:E3 The Fall of the Romanovs

S3:E3 The Fall of the Romanovs

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.

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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

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.

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


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)