My One (and Only) Duck Dynasty Post

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

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

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

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’

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…]

Beer and Hymns on NPR’s Weekend Edition

The story on NPR finally aired yesterday about our Beer and Hymns events. Here’s a brief excerpt from the story, followed by links to the full piece on the NPR site: *** In downtown Portland, Ore., at the stately old First Christian Church, one Saturday night a month they open the parish hall for an [Read More…]

Banned Questions VIDEO Series

I’ve been working with videographer Gregg Brekke on a series of videos related to the Banned Questions books. The books include: Banned Questions About the Bible Banned Questions About Jesus Banned Questions About Christians (Dec 2013) Below is a preview of one of the videos in the series. So far, we have three complete and [Read More…]

‘The Fifth Estate:’ Is Wikileaks Good for America?

Am I the only one who finds it deliciously ironic that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange objects stridently to how he is portrayed in the new movie, The Fifth Estate? The film, which hits theaters in wide release today, turns its attention to the organization best known for publicly sharing otherwise confidential information of various governments, including our own. [Read More…]


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