Will Corporate America Normalize Gay Marriage?

There was quite a fuss about Coca Cola airing a commercial during the Super Bowl that presented people singing “God Bless America” in various languages. And, to top it off, they even portrayed same-sex couples as families. It wasn’t exactly shocking to see Coke presenting a more pluralistic, harmonious image of the contemporary world today. [Read More...]

Why the Grammys’ “Macklemore Weddings” Were a Good Thing

Lots of folks have been chattering about the mass wedding that took place in the middle of Macklemore’s “Same Love” performance at the Grammys this past week. The lighting-quick ceremony included dozens of couples, both same-sex and opposite sex, presided over by none other than music and film star Queen Latifah. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ [Read More...]

Blood Doctrine Gets Childish (Video)

My kids put me through the wringer for asking people to support my novel, BLOOD DOCTRINE, on Kickstarter. [Read more...]

My One (and Only) Duck Dynasty Post

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I’ve never watched “Duck Dynasty.” I didn’t even know Phil Robertson’s name until the whole media melodrama unfolded recently. The most I knew about him was that he bore a striking resemblance to my friend, Andy Campbell, who blogs over at “The Crooked Mouth.” And now, suffice it to say that I know far more [Read More...]

Five Ways to De-Commercialize Christmas

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We’ve created a Christmas monster: a grotesque assemblage of pagan, Christian and capitalist symbolism into something that resembles something we’re both attracted to and repulsed by at the same time. We’re fueled by an admixture of both guilt and greed, while the domestic economy pins its annual hopes on our propensity for spending far more [Read More...]

Beer and Hymns Invades the Local News

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Here’s a video and a short story on our most recent Beer and Hymns event (called “Hops and Handel” since we presented excerpts from the Messiah) that made Channel 6 News here in Portland. Next Beer and Hymns is on Saturday, Jan 18th from 5-7 PM at First Christian Church. The event is always free. [Read More...]

BLOOD DOCTRINE: My Crowd-Funded Novel Project

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I’m very excited to announce my first-ever crowd-funded book project. It’s for my first novel, titled BLOOD DOCTRINE. I’ve got a Kickstarter campaign going, and I’m thrilled that, after only an hour of the campaign being live, we’ve raised $500. Check out the full campaign HERE. Or just click the video below or the widget [Read More...]

Gareth Higgins on Peace, Politics, and Our Nation’s ‘Cinematic States’

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Lots of people like movies; Gareth Higgins loves movies. But the founding director of the Wild Goose Festival and long-time peace activist engages popular culture with a different eye than most of us. And he’s used that keen eye for deeper meaning to create his latest book. I asked Gareth about his new book on American film, [Read More...]