Three of the Most Dangerous Christian Words: “Do You Believe…”

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If you were ever baptized, think of the three words the pastor or priest likely said to you before performing the sacred act. How about if you decided to join a church. Or when you wanted to receive communion. Or if you were confronted by another Christian about the strength or integrity of your faith. [Read More...]

Five Things Christianity Can Learn From Buddhism

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Could Christianity’s future lie in Buddhism’s past? This is a possibility that’s been haunting me lately, but in a good way, I think. One big critique, understandably, of postmodern views on Christian spirituality is that there’s too much time and energy spent deconstructing old systems and ways of thinking that need to be torn down [Read More...]

THE SHACK’s Wm. Paul Young: Where’s God When…

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Where’s God in the midst of loss and suffering? How do we find hope and healing when God seems so far away? I’m honored and excited to be a part of an upcoming touring production with Wm. Paul Young (author of THE SHACK) and  Reba Riley (author of POST TRAUMATIC CHURCH SYNDROME) in which we take on [Read More...]

Interviewing Haaz Sleiman: Muslim Star of “Killing Jesus”

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Lots of people know about the new movie, “Killing Jesus,” premiering on Nat Geo Channel on Palm Sunday. Most everyone who has heard about it has strong feelings about it, given that it’s based – at least sort of – on the book of the same name by Bill O’Reilly. Some folks are abuzz about [Read More...]

Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?

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(Join Christian in his year-long quest to better understand what we mean when we claim to follow Jesus at http://www.myjesusproject.com/. Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of bloody, violent sacrifice? If so, [Read More...]

Why Pop-Up Church for Good Friday is Brilliant

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My friend, Adam Phillips, sent this link to me the other day, as it’s something we’re considering doing ourselves. The idea is simple, though would take some effort and a little courage to do well. You get artists, singers, musicians willing to go out into the streets and share their music with anyone they meet [Read More...]

Philip Clayton, Vulcans, LGBTQ Marriage Equality, and LIVE Awesomeness

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Well folks, we geeked out this time… First, we’re thrilled to announce a first-ever LIVE Homebrewed Christianity CultureCast! It’s happening April 28th from 6PM to 8:30 PM at Marmoset Music in Southeast Portland. Tickets are limited and already going at a healthy pace, so snap one up soon. A $10 admission  gets you into the [Read More...]

Love: The Root of All Evil

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I was invited to preach at Portland First Christian Church on Sunday, March 8th. The biblical text was from Mark 11:15-19 in which Jesus cleanses the temple by driving out the moneychangers during passover from Herod’s temple. Read the manuscript (somewhat different than the actual spoken version) below. To listen to an audio version of the [Read More...]

Jason Allen: Retract Your Criticism of Fred Craddock on the Day of His Funeral

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One of the principal goals in My Jesus Project, a year-long effort to better understand what we mean when we talk about following Jesus, is to practice and embody right-heartedness, or what I call “orthopathy.” I believe that, though our beliefs (orthodoxy) and our actions (orthopraxy) are important, both are anemically informed and out of [Read More...]

I Think My Six-Year-Old Might Be Jesus

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I’m not sure, but I think my daughter, Zoe, is Jesus. For a couple of reasons. But before I talk more about her, let’s talk about me. You know, since I’m not Jesus and I like talking about myself. I hate failing. Really hate it, even when it’s partly out of my control. Just a [Read More...]


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