Texas Takeovers to Criminalized Christianity: When Facts No Longer Matter

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I had to check my calendar to make sure I wasn’t a month off when I read the headline on NPR’s website that read: “Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover.” Surely it has to be April Fool’s Day all over again. But it’s real. As is common practice, the federal government [Read More...]

CultureCast LIVE (pt. 1 of 2): Chalke, Pagitt, Horse Feathers, Heatherlyn…and Beer

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Are you sitting down? Good, cause this show is pretty sure to rock your shorts clean off. And if you’re at a coffeeshop, goofing off at work or the like that could be a little awkward. But Christian, you ask, pray tell why this show would rock me out of my clothes more so than [Read More...]

Is a Theology of Atonement a Ponzi Scheme that Enslaves Us to God?

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There were several reasons I parted ways with my early conservative evangelical roots (among them was that I was thrown out), and trying in vain to accept the idea that Jesus died for my sins was a big one. Aside from atonement theology (the idea that Jesus’ death paid a debt to God I could [Read More...]

Cloud Chaser: My New CD

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I’m really excited to share with all of you that I have a new five-song EP available called CLOUD CHASER. You can listen to it on the player below, download the entire EP for $4, or each track for $1 apiece. Coming in mid-May, I’ll also be shipping signed CDs to fulfill orders. This signed [Read More...]

Why I, a Protestant, Pray the “Hail Mary” and use a rosary

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As part of this year-long effort to better understand what we mean when we talk about following Jesus, called My Jesus Project, I’ve been making a more concerted effort to pray every day. Even though my tendency is to focus on more silent, contemplative reflection, I’ve actually taken on a number of prayers that I [Read More...]

Worship How-Tos Franklin Graham Blues and New Tattoos (CultureCast)

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I tell ya, one week without our cohost Slim Moon around and it all turns to chaos. Well, not really, but we missed him this week. Sitting in for him is our buddy, Rev. Adam Phillips, pastor of the much-publicized Christ Church Portland, who got kicked out of the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination for being too inclusive. You [Read More...]

Explaining “Working Poor” to my Privileged, Middle Class Children

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For my privileged, perhaps overly comfortable children, something as trivial as our internet being down constitutes a crisis. When we do our “gratitude inventory” (aka a way to get them to reflect and pray), they rattle off things as a matter of routine that many people would only dream of. So how do I explain [Read More...]

Three of the Most Dangerous Christian Words: “Do You Believe…”

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If you were ever baptized, think of the three words the pastor or priest likely said to you before performing the sacred act. How about if you decided to join a church. Or when you wanted to receive communion. Or if you were confronted by another Christian about the strength or integrity of your faith. [Read More...]


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