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

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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...]

Is “Fifty Shades of Grey” a Step Backward for Feminism?

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Anyone who has been paying attention to the popular culture buzz knows that the book, “Fifty Shades of Grey” was one of the biggest hits in erotic fiction in years. And now it’s coming to the silver screen on, of all days, Valentine’s Day. Of course, there’s the obvious voyeuristic intrigue of seeing good looking [Read More...]

Learning to Love the Crust Punks and Society’s “Other”

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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

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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...]

WWCAD: What Would Christian Anarchists Do?

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It’s a rainy, graciously lazy Saturday in Portland. A perfect time to dive into the Gospel of Mark and to cultivate my inner anarchist for the betterment of God’s Kingdom. This week, I got a list of possible tasks to take on during this month of My Jesus Project, in which I’m exploring “Jesus the [Read More...]

Jesus Wouldn’t Do Lists (But I do)

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Anyone who knows me very well can tell you I’m pretty intense about things. When I start on a new book project, sometimes I will write six to ten hours a day until I’m done, my hands give out or my family claws and wails outside my office door. So of course, when I decided [Read More...]

When love with limits isn’t love at all: thoughts on exclusion in a time for inclusion

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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...]

Day Two of My Jesus Project: Are We Done Yet?

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First, the good news: After four months of preparation, I have officially started my year-long quest to more seriously understand what it means to follow Jesus, AKA “My Jesus Project.” And now the bad news: After today, I still have 363 days left of this. Turns out, Jesus stuff is hard. It’s not even that I’ve [Read More...]

Charlie Hebdo: Comedy as an Act of Courage

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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...]

Ryan Bell: Adventist to Atheist…Really?

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Seventh Day Adventist pastor Ryan Bell spent a year intentionally living as an atheist and came out on the other side (surprise!) as a nonbeliever. But on further inspection, is he really a tried and true atheist? What Bell says he has let go of is the certainty required by his previous religious affiliation, and [Read More...]


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