The Road Trip

by steve chastain on December 21, 2014


First released on May 14, 2005.

Road Trip. It’s a staple of Americana and this episode was a much needed one for me.

My life changed dramatically on May 1, 2005. It’s something I’ve never talked about very openly on the Stupid Church People blog or podcast, but it’s something I’ve alluded to often. On that fateful day, my (ex) wife told me she wanted a divorce.

In retrospect almost ten years later, I should not have been surprised. Our marriage was going through the paces and I was obviously disconnected from how bad it was because I was completely blind-sided by the news. So in the days that followed, I was a mess.

I didn’t eat, barely slept and was very very depressed. One night shortly after, I can’t remember exactly when, I found myself knocking on Josh’s door. I might have given him a call just before heading over, but there I was on his porch – a complete and total wreck.

Josh let me in and for the next several hours just sat with me. Basically we didn’t say much, he didn’t offer me advice, but just sat with me. There wasn’t much to say.

I believe it was sometime during that evening though that the mood changed a bit. We begin to laugh a little, talk about SCP and I think the idea for this show was born. “Let’s get out of town for the day and just go have some fun” was the basic idea.

This stupid little blog and podcast was my outlet during some very dark days in my life. Josh was and is one of the best friends anyone could ever want.

So in listening to this podcast, I hope you will hear it in the context of what I shared above. I think it’s a testimony to the power of laughter, friendship and living life one day at a time.


Church Detox

by steve chastain on December 17, 2014


First released on April 27, 2005.

This podcast was recorded days following  the very last time I ever preached or spoke in a church setting. That seems so long ago. Life has surely changed.

I am amazed in listening to this show how naive and innocent I am to the idea of people wanting to stop going to church. You can tell I’m starting to branch out in my reading and challenging myself with different thoughts about faith, church and expressions of belief. At this point, I’m encountering people and ideas that I would avoid for fear of being led astray from faith. But I’m open to it and beginning to free my mind.

In this episode Josh and I talk about addiction to church. That concept had never occurred to me. This theme of addiction would play out in my life in many ways in the coming years. Co-dependency might be a better word. Most church people still suffer from it in my opinion, at least the church people I know.


Benny Hinn’s Road to Hell

by steve chastain on December 16, 2014


First released on April 24, 2005.

Josh and I take on faith healing extraordinaire Benny Hinn. We dissect some of his more entertaining prophetic statements.

Listen, I don’t even know if Benny Hinn is still in business or not, but it’s amazing he ever had an audience. There’s always room for more guys like him because there are always more Stupid Church People around that follow him.

But what about the fakes that are hard to spot? The wolves in sheep’s clothing?  My suggestion is that there are many more than you realize.

Remember when Mark Driscoll was at his peak? Whether you liked him or his style, for awhile there he was everywhere you looked. True to form he was building his kingdom at the expense of the people that gave him the platform.

The problem for Mark Driscoll, Benny Hinn and those like them is that they begin to believe their own bullshit. The problem for church people is that they typically like a pastor that believes his own bullshit. Funny how that works.


Tickle Me Jesus… Please.

December 15, 2014…please..mp3 SCP ARCHIVES – SHOW #2 First released on April 22, 2005. Listening again to this show you can hear Josh and I struggling with our involvement in the church. You can hear our growing discontentment with “the show” that the church had become for us. As insiders it was very apparent that each and […]

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Death and Burning Down the Local Christian Bookstore

December 14, 2014 SCP ARCHIVES – SHOW #1 Re-release of our very first show, around April 1, 2005. It was Josh’s idea to do a podcast. I had started writing the blog and Josh was a huge encouragement. We would get together and talk about church all the time. In 2005 podcasts were just taking off, and […]

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When Life is Hard, Stop and Think

January 24, 2014

Recently I have started following Mark Driscoll on Facebook and Twitter. Although he is good for a daily dose of SCP fodder, I have no interest in zeroing in on him. However, I would like to make an observation and respond to a recent group of posts surrounding one of his sermons.   Driscoll wrote […]

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BULLETIN: Fake Driscoll Isn’t Real Driscoll

January 21, 2014

Seems like Mars Hill wants it to be clear that the Twitter account called Fake Driscoll is in no way, shape or form related to the real Mark Driscoll account. Hats off to Stephanie Drury and SCCL for keeping it real by playing it fake!

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King on the Church

January 20, 2014

Though King’s legacy is often inextricably linked to his faith in God, he was hardly a cheerleader for the church…King believed the church had failed to fight for peace and social and economic justice. He also chided churches across the United States for having done little to fight segregation and racism. “It is to their […]

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Russell Wilson: Changing lives one play at a time.

January 18, 2014

This video received a lot of play recently, and I think it’s due to Mark Driscoll “buddying up” to the Seattle Seahawks football players. Driscoll, as usual, comes of in his typical “douchey” way once again. Nothing new there. But my focus turned to Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Seahawks, and the following statement he […]

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