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...]

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...]

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...]


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