THE SHACK’s Wm. Paul Young: Where’s God When…

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Where’s God in the midst of loss and suffering? How do we find hope and healing when God seems so far away? I’m honored and excited to be a part of an upcoming touring production with Wm. Paul Young (author of THE SHACK) and  Reba Riley (author of POST TRAUMATIC CHURCH SYNDROME) in which we take on [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...]

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...]

We can’t allow Craig Hicks to be a scapegoat: Reflections about the Chapel Hill shooting

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By now we are all aware that three Muslim students were shot dead in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. My friend and personal manager, Rev. Hollie E. Woodruff lives in Raleigh, a few miles east of Chapel Hill.  I invite you to read Hollie’s reflections as we all try to make sense of this horrific event: [Read More...]

Learning to Love the Crust Punks and Society’s “Other”

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As part of my year-long quest to better, more fully and authentically follow the life and teachings of Jesus (a spiritual practice I’ve called My Jesus Project), I’m working this month with Christian Anarchist mentor Mark Van Steenwyk on exploring “Jesus the Radical.” The first task he gave me was simple, though not necessarily easy [Read More...]

The Zen of Beard Trimming: Stories of Punk Rock, Poverty, and the Search For Peace

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C.J. Campbell is a fan of the Homebrewed Culture Cast and reached out to me a few weeks ago.  Something about him caught my attention.  He has an honest, unvarnished, swagger, only made even more compelling when I later learned he also lives with Cerebral Palsy. C.J. is a speaker, writer, and activist from Rockford, [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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