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

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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...]

BLOOD DOCTRINE: My Crowd-Funded Novel Project

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I’m very excited to announce my first-ever crowd-funded book project. It’s for my first novel, titled BLOOD DOCTRINE. I’ve got a Kickstarter campaign going, and I’m thrilled that, after only an hour of the campaign being live, we’ve raised $500. Check out the full campaign HERE. Or just click the video below or the widget [Read More...]

How Financial Guru Dave Ramsey Missed the Mark

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I love Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace coursework. It put our family on stable financial footing years ago, and Amy and I never fight about financial matters any more. We find plenty of other things to fight about, but that’s a different post, I suppose… Ramsey has come under fire recently for a list of “Rich [Read More...]


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