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...]

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...]

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...]

What if Following Jesus isn’t Primarily about Beliefs or Actions?

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The following is part of “My Jesus Project,” a year-long quest to better understand what it means to follow the life, teaching and example of Jesus in prayer, study and action. To read more, or to join the conversation, visit the website. I’m intrigued by the fact that, in spite of my explanation that this [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...]

The Gospel of Mark as a Manifesto of Political and Religious Defiance

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I’m starting to think that Che Guevara and the Jesus of the Gospel according to Mark have an awful lot in common. I should explain, first, that I’m in the first month of My Jesus Project, a year-long effort to more deeply live into the life, teaching and example of Jesus through prayer, study and [Read More...]

When love with limits isn’t love at all: thoughts on exclusion in a time for inclusion

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While I’m hard working on following Jesus – My Jesus Project – I’ve invited my friend Adam Phillips to share his most recent Sojourners article. Adam is a new church planter for an Evangelical Covenant church in Portland. However, when they were questioned by their denomination about being welcoming of LGBTQ people, it was suggested [Read More...]


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