Five Things That Will Shock Our Grandkids About Us

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I’m a big fan of the TV show Mad Men, which takes place in the midst of the Madison Avenue advertising agencies back in the ’60s and ’70s. Sure, I enjoy the drama and the “cool factor” of Don Draper and his cavalier ad team. But for me, the most fascinating part is all of the cultural [Read More...]

Rivers in the Desert: Why New Years Day Is a Christian Holiday

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Growing up in Texas, fairly close to New Orleans, I knew all about Mardi Gras. It was a big deal in the South, replete with combinations of debaucherous consumption and self-exposure. What I didn’t understand, being the good evangelical Protestant that I was at the time, was that it actually was the celebration preceding the [Read More...]

Homebrewed CultureCast: Movies, the Week in Whiteness & Doug Pagitt

In loving memory of Mindy Green

The CultureCast crew is on hiatus for a while so the HomeBrewed crew decided to change it up and put out a culture cast as a team effort! First up is Callid and Bo talking about 5 movies coming out this holiday season: American Hustle Anchor Man 2 The Wolf of Wallstreet The Secret Life [Read More...]

Swords, Plowshares and the “Drone Dilemma”

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I have followed, with great interest, as my friend, Ian Ebright, ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for, and then completed, his short film on American drones called “From the Sky.” It’s a sensitive and nuanced treatment of those on the receiving en of our hi-tech military aggression. This, combined with all I’ve read at Sojourners [Read More...]

My One (and Only) Duck Dynasty Post

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I’ve never watched “Duck Dynasty.” I didn’t even know Phil Robertson’s name until the whole media melodrama unfolded recently. The most I knew about him was that he bore a striking resemblance to my friend, Andy Campbell, who blogs over at “The Crooked Mouth.” And now, suffice it to say that I know far more [Read More...]

The NSA’s Need to Know, Your Privacy and Jesus’ Path

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“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” — Benjamin Franklin I was encouraged by the findings of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon on Monday who granted an injunction to plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles Strange that will temporarily stop the National Security Agency from continuing their [Read More...]

Beer and Hymns Invades the Local News

Click on the image to watch the video from the news program.

Here’s a video and a short story on our most recent Beer and Hymns event (called “Hops and Handel” since we presented excerpts from the Messiah) that made Channel 6 News here in Portland. Next Beer and Hymns is on Saturday, Jan 18th from 5-7 PM at First Christian Church. The event is always free. [Read More...]

Sandy Hook and the Endurance of Love

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This week marks a year since the nearly incomprehensible school shootings in Newtown, Conn. Gaping holes in families, lives, and the greater community remain, as the question of why such a thing happened still lingers on everyone’s lips and in minds. Looking back for answers sometimes only serves to deepen the wounds, rather than help [Read More...]


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