Love: The Root of All Evil

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I was invited to preach at Portland First Christian Church on Sunday, March 8th. The biblical text was from Mark 11:15-19 in which Jesus cleanses the temple by driving out the moneychangers during passover from Herod’s temple. Read the manuscript (somewhat different than the actual spoken version) below. To listen to an audio version of the [Read More...]

Jason Allen: Retract Your Criticism of Fred Craddock on the Day of His Funeral

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One of the principal goals in My Jesus Project, a year-long effort to better understand what we mean when we talk about following Jesus, is to practice and embody right-heartedness, or what I call “orthopathy.” I believe that, though our beliefs (orthodoxy) and our actions (orthopraxy) are important, both are anemically informed and out of [Read More...]

I Think My Six-Year-Old Might Be Jesus

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I’m not sure, but I think my daughter, Zoe, is Jesus. For a couple of reasons. But before I talk more about her, let’s talk about me. You know, since I’m not Jesus and I like talking about myself. I hate failing. Really hate it, even when it’s partly out of my control. Just a [Read More...]

Five Reasons Saying “The Bible Clearly States” is Dangerous (and Un-Christian)

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Most of my life, I’ve heard people preface some sort of argument they want to support with the preface, “The Bible clearly states…” I’ve come to believe, however, that this is a phrase Christians should eliminate from their vocabulary, for a number of reasons: There’s no such thing as un-interpreted scripture – Legendary preacher and [Read More...]

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...]


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