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…]

Beer and Hymns: The Video

Many thanks to Gregg Brekke at Sixview Studios for his fantastic work on this video. For those who have asked what Beer and Hymns is, or how we do it at our church, this should help address some of your questions. Check it out! We first enjoyed Beer and Hymns at Wild Goose Festival in [Read More…]

The Gospel of “Breaking Bad”

This is part of the weekly Bible study, called A Heretic’s Guide to the Bible. To find out more, or to become a part of the conversation, CLICK HERE, or on the banners above or below. It may seem strange to be referencing the show “Breaking Bad” in a Bible study. After all, how can [Read More…]

Science vs. Religion: A Race to Destruction?

First things first: with all due respect to interim host John Oliver, I for one am thrilled to have Jon Stewart back on The Daily Show.  I know it is sad to say, but I actually missed him while he was on summer hiatus.  Welcome back, little buddy! Last night, Stewart interviewed Richard Dawkins, author [Read More…]

The Pastor vs the Killer Bees

My wife Rev. Amy, decided she was going to become an bee assassin. Her outfit was, um…unique and pretty stinkin’ elaborate. Did she win, or did the bees prevail? You decide… [Read more…]

Mackelemore: Same Love

For the two and a half people in the world who have yet to see this amazing video by Macklemore, watch it NOW. It’s a great example of normalizing different expressions of love, and is also an illustration I use to point to an inspired “third way” to engage injustice, with the hope of Thy [Read More…]