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...]

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...]

Five Things Christianity Can Learn From Buddhism

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Could Christianity’s future lie in Buddhism’s past? This is a possibility that’s been haunting me lately, but in a good way, I think. One big critique, understandably, of postmodern views on Christian spirituality is that there’s too much time and energy spent deconstructing old systems and ways of thinking that need to be torn down [Read More...]

Interviewing Haaz Sleiman: Muslim Star of “Killing Jesus”

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Lots of people know about the new movie, “Killing Jesus,” premiering on Nat Geo Channel on Palm Sunday. Most everyone who has heard about it has strong feelings about it, given that it’s based – at least sort of – on the book of the same name by Bill O’Reilly. Some folks are abuzz about [Read More...]

Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?

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(Join Christian in his year-long quest to better understand what we mean when we claim to follow Jesus at http://www.myjesusproject.com/. Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of bloody, violent sacrifice? If so, [Read More...]

Why Pop-Up Church for Good Friday is Brilliant

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My friend, Adam Phillips, sent this link to me the other day, as it’s something we’re considering doing ourselves. The idea is simple, though would take some effort and a little courage to do well. You get artists, singers, musicians willing to go out into the streets and share their music with anyone they meet [Read More...]

Philip Clayton, Vulcans, LGBTQ Marriage Equality, and LIVE Awesomeness

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Well folks, we geeked out this time… First, we’re thrilled to announce a first-ever LIVE Homebrewed Christianity CultureCast! It’s happening April 28th from 6PM to 8:30 PM at Marmoset Music in Southeast Portland. Tickets are limited and already going at a healthy pace, so snap one up soon. A $10 admission  gets you into the [Read More...]


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