Why I’m Fasting and Giving Away Half of My Stuff This Month

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I felt like I was preparing to punish myself for the month of March, the focus of which is “Jesus the Ascetic” during My Jesus Project, my year-long effort to more deeply understand what we really mean when we talk about following Jesus. I’ve consulted with a dietician, talked with my mentor, Reba Riley (author [Read More...]

My Jesus Project for March: Jesus the Ascetic

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I thought Jesus the Radical was hard. At least I didn’t fast from solid food and alcohol, give away half of my stuff or sit in the lotus position until my legs fell asleep. In March I’m working with mentor Reba Riley, author of “Post Traumatic Church Syndrome,” as she guides me through my month of learning some [Read More...]

Sara Miles CultureCast

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Back in the saddle, getting back to a weekly schedule, many important questions are answered. For instance: Does Amy really eat human poop powder? Does repentance mean you have to feel like shit? What words with baggage can be reclaimed? Christian announces the CultureCast’s first live event at 6pm April 28th at Marmoset in Portland, [Read More...]

Repenting Doesn’t Mean Feeling Like Crap About Yourself

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We’ve all heard the sidewalk preachers and TV Evangelists quoting the Gospels, telling us to “repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” It’s a claim that is generally intended to strike fear and trembling in the hearts of many. We’re supposed to straighten up, do right, and atone for all of our heinous, [Read More...]

What does it really mean to follow Jesus?

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Four out of five Americans claim to be Christians. That’s more than a quarter billion people in the United states alone who claim, in one way or another, to follow Jesus. But what does that really mean? Is it more like a one-and-done deal, like lifetime  membership in a club? Is it the default response [Read More...]

Broken Covenants, Killing Rock Stars and Cask-Strength Fears

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Well kids, we’ve got good news and bad news… On a sad note, we bid a fond farewell to Andy Campbell on the good ol’ Homebrewed Christianity CultureCast, who is taking leave to focus on his family and his awesome new gig as a professor at George Fox. He has been a great partner and [Read More...]

Christ Church PDX Loses Funding, Denomination for LGBTQ Advocacy

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After nearly two decades serving within the denomination known as the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), Rev. Adam Phillips and his new year-old new church start, Christ Church, Portland, found themselves without a denominational home, a facility to worship in and $90,000 of funding, promised to them by the ECC who charged them with the new [Read More...]

The Death of Jordan Baker and Why “All Lives Matter” Isn’t Enough

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I was asked by Huffington Post Black Voices to write as part of their #28BlackLives series in honor in part of Black History Month. I’m honored to be a part of their larger, month-long conversation. On December 21 last year, Juventino Castro, an off-duty police officer, was doing routine patrols as a part-time security guard around [Read More...]


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