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

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”

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

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

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

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)

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

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?

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…]


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