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...]

Charlie Hebdo: Comedy as an Act of Courage

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I love Jon Stewart. I mean, like “maybe jump the fence” love him. His presence on The Daily Show has spoken to and with my generation through some of our most formative years. And yes, he tells fart jokes (which I also love). And yes, he editorializes, (which is nearly ubiquitous in “legitimate news” streams [Read More...]

25 Christian Blogs You Should Be Reading (2014 Readers’ Choice)

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Welcome to the annual “Blogs you should be reading” blog!  If your New Year’s resolution is to search out relevant, interesting, and challenging blogs, you are in the right place! There’s such a thing as too much of a good thing sometimes.  And though there are so many more bloggers worth following who aren’t on this [Read More...]

Five Ways I Suck at Following Jesus #MyJesusProject

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As you may know by now, I’m starting a new project (ramping up now, starting in earnest in February) in which I try for a year to really, seriously understand what it means to follow Jesus in western, post-industrial 21st century society. What does that look like? Do any of us actually do it? And [Read More...]

My Seizure Diagnosis: Is there a Pony in this Shitpile?

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I was sitting on the couch, working on an article on the morning of December 4th when the first one hit. I was consumed with a surreal sense of Deja Vu, followed by a dreadful sort of panic that insisted, in my mind, that whatever was in front of me at the moment was the [Read More...]

A Miracle Turned Six Books Into a Website (and will help in #Feeding5000) #MyJesusProject

I’m really excited to let folks know that we have a new trade that’s taken place in our effort to feed 5000 people. In case you haven’t been following. I’m trying to “feed the multitudes” as part of my year-plus-long #MyJesusProject, in which I’m trying to better understand what it really means to follow Jesus [Read More...]

Beer, Hymns, Protesters and PostChristian in Tulsa? Oh yeah.

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On Christian’s recent “postChristian” book tour stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he caused quite a stir. No, folks weren’t distressed by his claims of the decline of Christian empire, or his challenges to the religious powers that be… They were up in arms about serving 3.2 percent beer in (GASP!) church. The weekend culminated in a [Read More...]


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